WHAT IS NAKED?
Our founder Simon Parker has lived and breathed music for the past 40 years. Prior to founding Vinyl Revolution he was a professional musician, he ran a promotions company and staged over 1000 early gigs for bands including Kasabian, Keane and The Cribs. He worked for indie labels discovering new artists, hosted a radio show introducing unsigned bands, ran his own indie record label and managed an embryonic band to major record deal status. He also found time to devour 1000's of music documentaries, scour the music press for interesting new artists and add to his own impressive record collection. The result is a man who knows a lot about music and has the uncanny ability to find incredible bands which aren't always on the mainstream radar.
During the past couple of decades Simon had lovingly curated lists of vinyl records which were criminally under-rated, had become long lost gems, were never pressed onto vinyl or were pressed in such tiny quantities that they were now impossible to track down. Some of you will have read these lists in Simon's autobiographic book 'Road To Nowhere - Memoirs of an Indie Musician'. These lists have now become the foundation upon which NAKED was born.
NAKED has been created to re-introduce these records and introduce new gems from artists we know and love. NAKED isn't just about Simon. He curated the NAKED 'wish list' together with a motley crew of passionate, knowledgeable and trusted music junkies, most of whom are former professional musicians and all of whom are fanatical record collectors. Every record was placed on the NAKED wish list after great deliberation and passionate debate. We regard every NAKED record as a work of genius which every discerning collector should want to own.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC WILL NAKED RELEASE?
NAKED releases won't be restricted to a specific music genre and will feature the best indie, alternative, rock, pop, soul, funk, punk and new wave music from the 1960’s to the 2000’s. There'll be records never before released on vinyl and trail-blazing classics long overdue for re-release.
And NAKED won't just be selling records, we will also be giving you the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their stories and music through exclusive interviews and events.
And NAKED won't just be selling re-issued vinyl records. We will also be pressing some very special limited edition eco-friendly versions of new releases.
HOW IS NAKED ECO-FRIENDLY?
Vinyl Revolution has partnered with the World's greenest record pressing plant. Not only have they pioneered chemical free vinyl made from natural minerals but they have built a pressing plant which operates a circular recycling model and boasts a 99% carbon free footprint. Unused vinyl is made into drainpipes, records are transported by leasing empty haulage space and they even make their own pallet wrap from sugar cane. On top of that, the sound quality of their vinyl is exceptional. They are inspirational and we are incredibly excited to be partnering with them. Currently less than 1% of new vinyl records are eco-friendly, we hope that NAKED will help to accelerate change within the music industry and that one day all records will be made this way.
WHAT WILL NAKED RECORDS LOOK LIKE?
Pressing records on chemical free vinyl using natural dyes and creating record sleeves using eco-friendly paper does not limit creativity. NAKED records be pressed in a wide range of coloured vinyl using different patterns and effects. The sleeves and inner sleeves will be beautiful too. They will be made of the highest quality materials and feature Obi strips. Each NAKED record will be an object of beauty to be treasured. In fact it's highly likely that NAKED records will quickly become sought after by collectors.
HOW WILL THE NAKED RECORD CLUB WORK?
NAKED club members will sign up to a monthly subscription and receive a numbered Limited Edition record each month. Only 500 copies of each record will be pressed and early subscribers purchasing annual subscriptions will have the option to receive each of their records with the same release number.
DO I NEED A SUBSCRIPTION TO BUY A NAKED RECORD?
No, NAKED records will also be available for non-subscribers to buy online in the Vinyl Revolution store. But be warned that NAKED subscribers will have priority and you risk missing out if all copies are sold to subscribers.
DO I NEED A SUBSCRIPTION TO BUY A BRAND NEW RECORD RELEASE?
No, very few of NAKED's new release records will be sold through monthly subscription. This is because records purchased through subscription don't count towards music chart sales and we want to see every NAKED record purchase help its artist to soar up the charts!
All brand new releases will be available for subscribers and non-subscribers to buy in the Vinyl Revolution store. But be warned that NAKED subscribers will have priority to purchase new release records and you risk missing out if all copies are sold to subscribers.
WHEN WILL NAKED LAUNCH?
NAKED's first record releases will be announced towards the end of 2021 and subscriptions will be available to buy as Christmas presents. Pressing a high quality vinyl record and creating a beautiful sleeve doesn't happen quickly and the process is currently taking at least four months. We expect to start delivering our first NAKED records in Spring 2021.
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