Chuck D at the Record Store Day Press Conference at Amoeba Records. [Photo: Getty Images]
Are you a big vinyl guy?
No, I like to make it and create it. I’m a big art guy. I don’t think that Record Store Day has to be vinyl day. The key to the beauty of these stores is that you can come here and be really satisfied with a lot of different aspects that are going on. I go to record stores, like Sal’s is up where I live, and I look for DVDs. I look at books. I get my books, I get my DVDs. I could also pick up, you know, something to drink there as well. The vinyl is in the store but it’s beyond that. Vinyl is a sonic poster. I’m into the art and the aesthetic of the art. As a matter of fact, I like the artistic aesthetic of jazz more than I like the music in many cases, same thing in some areas of folk music. I’m a big Elektra Records fan. I like the aesthetic about Elektra as opposed to all the sonics. There are some people who are going to pick up vinyl and records for different reasons. You know, there’s a difference between a turntable and a record player. And Crosley, which makes these record players now in abundance, a company that’s been around since the ‘30s, I think Powel Crosley was the guy that founded it. As a sports fan, I’d say, “Yeah, that’s Cincinnati Reds. They played at Crosley Field.” Powel Crosley was like the Henry Ford of electronics.
What do you think about the resurgence of vinyl? Why do you think younger music listeners are responding to it?
Sonic posters. I know that I’ve signed vinyl all over the earth. And when I’m signing it, it’s a sonic poster that you have the option to play if you choose to. And it gives you much more. It’s like, why do people collect comic books, paintings, and stamps? All you can do with a comic book, painting, or a stamp is look at it or read it and be like, “Oh, okay.”
What Record Store Day releases are you looking forward to?
Quite a few. But we have something. The Evil Empire Of Everything (Public Enemy’s 2012 album) is coming out in vinyl. So we’re going to release that with the calendar and that’s going to be in conference with everything else. And Universal is also reissuing It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back. I’m cool with them these days. I’m on my best behavior. Maybe. (laughter)
Flavor Flav (L) and Chuck D (R) with Public Enemys. [Photo: Getty Images]