Record Store Day’s 2014 ambassador is Chuck D
The folks behind the annual Record Store Day celebrations have named Chuck D the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2014. This year’s edition of the holiday, which serves to highlight independent record stores and vinyl releases, will take place April 19.
Chuck D, who heads up Public Enemy, took to Record Store Day’s official website to discuss what it means to him to land this highly coveted ambassadorship:
“Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don’t go on single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture,” he says. “The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, have simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording.
“The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”
Chuck D said he’s honored to be named Record Store day Ambassador 2014 “in this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story,” adding that, “with the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It’s worth a great try, let’s do this.”
Former Record Store Day ambassadors have included Jack White, Metallica, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne.
For more information on this year’s upcoming festivities, visit Record Store Day’s official website. Specific 2014 releases are expected to be announced soon.
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