The resurgence of vinyl: “One man’s trash another man’s treasure”

Itsaso Jauregui

The concept of second-hand shopping is developing rapidly in Denmark and the music industry has not been left behind. 

The record shop called Paname City Records (Picture taken by Itsaso Jauregui)

Vinyl in particular has shown strong numbers in the last three years and Tim Rose, the owner of Ooh Aah records, reflects on how an object so associated with the past has regained its success: “With streaming people want something that they can touch. I think that it’s a reaction to things going too fast”.

Slowly but surely vinyl has established itself as the third main way by which Danes consume music. However, being more expensive to produce than CDs, record companies nowadays don’t invest in it. That’s when second-hand records get into the scene in Copenhagen, like Adrián Pastor, the owner of Paname City records, states: “I think people have too many things and want to sell them. People in general consume too much in this rich city”.

What was considered a luxury item is getting to a younger music-loving audience who can occasionally afford to buy second-hand vinyl. Kasper Thomsen who works at Accord refers to a graffiti near the store: “One man’s trash another man’s treasure. Now that we have a new generation getting into it there’s hope for it”.

The record shop called Rekords (Picture taken by Itsaso Jauregui)

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This story is written for an international audience who might be interested in finding record shops in Copenhagen. It could be published in Music – Rolling Stone