4. In these times of music-downloads and streaming-sites, why release music on a physical medium?
I do think bands want some tangible product. More are producing limited vinyl releases and as you have said, the sale of vinyl is increasing. Album sales growing by 40% in the UK in 2011.
It’s also about it being an expressive art form with the sleeve being as much about the purchase as the music itself. The two have gone together for 100 years.
Also I suppose my tear inducing nostalgia for the 80s doesn’t help.
And lets not forget, analog recordings sound better because digital files are very large and need to be compressed, therefore affecting their sound quality.
5. How important is the presentation (artwork, inserts, vinyl-colors etc.)? Big labels are keen to have a product that can easily placed on their targeted market, so they try to form the product as much as they can. How much influence on these matters does the bands have when they release on your label?
As a showcase we want to promote everyone involved in the process. The artwork is a major part of the release so if the bands have artists they wish to use then we let them. The same goes for the video. As long as everyone is mentioned on the sleeve its fine by us. I am new to all of this but already I have heard stories of labels having full control of which song to use, who does the artwork and who makes the video etc etc. We are totally unbiased.
6. Do you accept demo-submissions by bands and which is your preferred medium (tape, download, cd-r)?
Nowadays all bands seem to have something out there whether its on soundcloud, myspace or facebook etc. It is easy enough for us to accept submissions that way.
I will say though that at the moment we are only looking locally [merseyside and the wirral] as Eighties Vinyl has the same philosophy as 80s Casuals whereby we like to use and promote local talent whether that be an embroiderer, printer, graphic artist and now bands and videographers.