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Vinylskivans future is outside of Gothenburg

”Thelma” and ”Louise” working for the high pressure in the old spinneriet in Lindome, south of Gothenburg. This is a completely different production than when the factory, dating back to the 1800s, was inaugurated. The two filmfigurerna has given its name to the machines which are placed in the tegelbyggnadens more than 400 square meters large room in the ground floor.

Welcome to Sweden's only factory for vinyl records. It is convinced that yesterday's way to enjoy music is the future.

– IN the united states is levels of sales today the same as they were in 1988, just before the CD-rom breakthrough, " says Pedro Ferreira, author of the factory and president of Spinroad Vinyl.

the old bomullsspinneriet, which also includes other activities, was vinylfabrik is long and begins in the north of Portugal, where the then-17-year-old Pedro Ferreira claims to have fallen in love in the process to make the slices. As a young entrepreneur, he sought and received EU funding for a studio equipment and started to broadcast pirate radio. He got the lp's for free in exchange for that he played them in the ether.

He went to London, where he attended a course of training which gave invaluable contacts in the studiobranschen. Many long days behind the mixing desk resulted in that he worked with artists such as Meatloaf, Joe Strummer and the Stereophonics and produced glamrockarna The Darkness album ”Permission to land”, which was lauded as album of the Year at the prestigious Brit awards.

– It sold in five million copies. Crazy. It must have been one of the last cds to sell in the volume, " says Ferreira.

Per gessle's interpretations of Ramoneslåtar is just färdigpressade on red vinyl. Photo: Peter Claesson

wife Helena had children, they decided to move to Gothenburg. Ferreira villa start their own studio, but had a hard time finding the right premises. So read his wife's grandmother a small ad in Mölndals-Posten, if the vacant premises in Spinneriet, and on the second floor can be found several years back the studio where artists such as Avatar, Albin Lee Meldau and Stefan Andersson come into play.

Many have been asking for the opportunity to spread their music on vinyl, but have been forced to turn to factories abroad, and has been burdened with long waiting times. With 1,500 vinyl records stored at home in Portugal had Ferreira always nurtured a dream to start manufacturing. It costs, but after that he told me about his idea in the music business characters, it appeared that many were prepared to invest.

Motörheadtrummisen Mickey Dee, who lives in Gothenburg, Magnus Ax from the growth rate is only matched Sticky Fingers and Rasmus Hansén, who runs indiebolaget Luxury, belong to the twelve people who, along with Ferreira, have seen that dream become a reality.

"It turned out that there were many who were interested and eventually we had to say no to some who wanted to be with," says Ferreira, who says that the interest from young people shows that vinyltrenden not due to nostalgia.

Nostalgia was probably there before, but now it's about something completely different, " he says.

from New Zealand, which he also found a new hometown in Gothenburg, sweden, takes care of the ”Thelma” and ”Louise”. He has just pushed the finished Per gessle's interpretation of the Ramoneslåtar and gives us the transparency in the manufacturing process. The new machines from Stockholmsföretaget Pheenix Alpha are copies of those used when the production was greatest.

– We begin with the here, " he says and picks up a fist with pvc pellets out of a bag.

Plastkulorna is poured into a funnel, is heated up and shaped into a an ice-hockey puck, which is fed into the press where plastmassan be pressed with 110 ton of pressure, much like a waffle iron.

In the press have Lamb placed the two arrays in the metal, where the audio tracks from the recording session are engraved, one for each side. The matrix is a negative that is pressed into the plastic. At the same moment pressed also the labels, which förtorkats in an oven so that they do not crack, in the plastic.

the Heat drops very fast from 160 to 15 degrees, and the machine takes care of the entire process. A disc takes 24 seconds to do, " said Lamb, and says that it makes the discs in both the 180 and 140 grams, and you also can squeeze singles.

the Promoter and the owner Pedro Ferreira at the console in the recording studio, along with musician Jonas Hultin. Photo: Peter Claesson

the sound quality is there but it is more about the stiffness you want on the disc. They where cheap but flimsy 120-gramsskivorna is not popular among vinylmakarna in Lindome.

Sales of vinyl records was after the cd's appearance more or less eroded. Now musikströmningen made the cd obsolete, while sales of lps increased. In the last year, sold in the united states 16.8 million copies, which still only constitutes a few percent of the total revenue from music sales.

According to the latest figures from music industry statistikföretag the Ifpi, it was sold vinyl records in Sweden to 59 million by 2017, an increase of more than 15 per cent. The pace is faster abroad, which Ferreira think may have to do with the craze to embrace new technology, but he hope and believe that the positive trend here at home will continue. Ferreira does not believe that the interest for lp n is any temporary bubble.

– If you are music lover and like to admire the covers, read the chlorine and to be able to see who has helped to make the disc so it is vinyl. The Cd was always a strange format and to collect the music on the playlists, I do not think works. I think it mainly is the human desire to collect things that make the vinyl has come back, " says Ferreira.

even the audio cassettes are on the way back and could be seen as a contender to the more expensive vinyl. Ferreira sounds surprised and shakes his head.

– Here we can probably talk about nostalgia, but I find it hard to understand a return to the cartridge, the sound is deplorable, " he says.

A new lp to be enjoyed with the help of a good turntable. He shows off an advanced player where the turntable is hovering with the help of magnetism, the same technology used in some high-speed. In the bookshelf in the office are also an old Luxoranläggning, a treasure that was in many Swedish homes in the 1970s.

– Really good sound actually, but now does not work record player anymore, " says Ferreira.

Since its inception in may of last year, has Spinroad vinyl pressed 100,000 disks. You want to and can grow significantly larger. It has in recent time been competitors in Scandinavia. More and more see the vinyltrenden.

the Ambition is that, Spinneriet, will be the gathering place for music and skivintresserade. This is a small stage, a café and a nicely patinated Chesterfieldsoffa to sink in.

Pedro Ferreira is impressed by the music scene in Gothenburg.

– All feel to the metal strips from the city, but there is so much more and the width is huge. We have many jazz artists that record with us. Gothenburg may be Sweden's Nashville, " he says.

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