POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The love of vinyl is coming back around, but this time, the owner of Jesse Carl Vinyl shop in Lakeland says, it’s intentional.
“People aren’t just coming in to browse, they are coming to buy,” said owner Jessi Zilka. “There’s a sound quality to records that you just can’t get in any other format of music. I think that’s something that can reach younger and older generations. Unites one frame of mind.”
Records are outselling CD’s for the first time since the 80’s. In fact, record sales are up 4% in the nation while CD sales are down 48%, according to the Recording Industry America Association.
“We’ve seen a 30% increase in sales,” said Zilka. “I think listening to music is something great to do with your family, especially during the stay-at-home order.”
Zilka has been spinning records for over a decade and she told Spectrum Bay News 9 that the best part of her job is educating people on music, adding that music is a universal language.