For the first time since 1989, Sony will manufacture vinyl records. According to the Agence France-Presse, the label will begin whipping out big twelve inchers in a
secret undergound lair factory somewhere around Tokyo, and product should be available by March of 2018. AFP says Sony will be pressing older popular Japanese songs and contemporary music.
The company shelved vinyl production about 30 years ago as its focus shifted to compact discs. However, the fact that vinyl sales attained a 25-year high in 2016 did not escape the music behemoth’s attention. UK outfit HMV also restarted its vinyl-friendly store in Shibuya Japan a couple of years ago; 60 percent of that store’s floor space is dedicated to vinyl.
In case you’re on the lookout for a new gig, Sony says it’s having a hard time finding engineers who know their way around vinyl, the creation process for which is quite different from that of CDs.