Coachella 2022: Record store day draws new and veteran collectors

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As Saturday, April 23 marked record store day nationally, both new and experienced vinyl collectors took the opportunity to expand their collections at Coachella.

Crate diggers descended upon the centrally located Record Safari! on the festival fairgrounds to indulge in the 15th annual record store day, in which record store staff, customers and the artists collaborate. Through sales, exclusive promotions and vinyl re-releases, the goal is to keep the tradition of record collecting alive.

  • From left, Gregory Cerwonka and Luis Luque of San Diego shop for vinyl during Record Store Day on weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Kevin Huffman and Ashley Chacon shop for vinyl during Record Store Day on weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Festival-goers shop for vinyl during Record Store Day on weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Festival-goers shop for vinyl during Record Store Day on weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Antony Gastelum and Kassandra Romo shop for vinyl during Record Store Day on weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

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Some customers had to wait outside in a line at Record Safari! on Saturday as there was a special section of records set aside for the holiday, said Ivan Castaneda, spokesman for the record store. While there were no exclusive releases at the store this year, Castaneda said they had a special selection of releases, featuring some artists performing at this year’s festival.

“I was not expecting a line like this,” Castaneda said.

Nick Spearman, a graphic designer from Atlanta, used the opportunity on his first trip to Coachella to expand his vinyl collection of metal music. Some of his purchases included records from Satan’s Pilgrims, Gojira, Alice in Chains and Metallica.

“Physical music is a lost part of the musical experience,” Spearman said. “It reminds me of my parents’ vinyl collection from when I was growing up.”

Will Gibson, from Phoenix, spent his 8th record store day at the festival marking items off of his personal record wish-list, which included albums from Madonna and Melanie C.

“(Collecting records) is my favorite thing in the world,” Gibson said. “It’s nice to see artists and record stores work together.”

Miguel Guzman, from Merced, had just been introduced to the world of records recently, he said. While hanging out with a friend with a large collection, he listened to a Billie Eilish record on vinyl and recounted how “different” of an experience it was, he said.

“I feel like everything from the era where records and vinyl come from is just a unique vibe,” Guzman said. “You hear all of the instruments and the vocals so differently.”

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