Experience Vinyl is the latest vinyl subscription service to hit the market. It boasts an a-list roster of curators including Elton John, George Clinton, Quincy Jones, Talib Kweli and Sean Lennon. For about $30 per month you’ll get one of the curator’s favorite albums (not their own album) along with personalized commentary, the artist’s top ten albums list, access to the Experience Vinyl store and various rewards.
The price is a whopping $30 per month, putting it very much in the high end of vinyl subscription services. You’ll no doubt be receiving music from major labels. The venture began when founder Brad Hammonds’ was contemplating top 10 album lists. Experience Vinyl expands on the top 10 albums list, and takes an A-List recording artists’ answers and delivers it to the subscriber’s door.
Currently, not much is known about the type of music they’ll be selecting, whether it’s rock, jazz, country, and so on.
There are also similar clubs already. They just don’t have A-List recording artists curating the records. For example, Rough Trade in the UK offers an album of the month club where they pick ten releases a month and one is the album of the month. You can subscribe to get one or all ten.
Better choice: Feedbands
By far the better vinyl subscription choice is Feedbands. Feedbands is a listener-driven vinyl release platform where the subscribers to the service actually vote on the artists getting their vinyl pressed. This becomes a significant event in the lives of the artists because the artists get paid in cash, records, and their vinyl gets sent all over the world. In addition, these rare, one of a kind first pressings are available nowhere else and once they sell out they are gone forever.
You can listen to all the records Feedbands has release here, in their record archive.