In an age where anything vintage translates to “cool,” it isn’t surprising that Satchmi Vinyl Day was the coolest place to be on a hot Saturday.
The scorching mid-afternoon heat sure didn’t stop people from flocking to the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater to buy the records set out by the record store and coffee shop. They came in droves, heading straight for the white tents that housed crates full of discounted records.
Crates labeled pop sold faster than you could decide on the proper pronunciation of the word “vinyl.” Even then, people seemed to want to party like it was 1989 (literally—Taylor Swift’s “1989” was a bestseller) with the hard to find vintage records from punk bands like Joy Division and classic rock artists like Elvis Presley. Brand new records like John Mayer’s Heavier Things, and Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kids also got people excited.
Needless to say, your Instagram feed was probably flooded with head sleeve photos that night.
In between scanning through records, the crowd sipped on brews from EDSA BDG and snacked on liquid nitrogen treats from Kool Kids while jamming to tunes from The Cohens, Tandems ’91, and Ourselves the Elves. As the night went on, bands like Cheats, Ang Bandang Shirley, Imago, and Pedicab set to the stage to the solidify the experience.
The day wouldn’t be complete without heading to the record store’s listening booth (housed in the Barista Box’s coffee truck), where event-goers could drown out the noise and lose themselves in sounds played on Satchmi’s trademark Motorino record players.
One of the store’s owners, Aislinn Chuahiock, likes to think that the appeal comes in the listening process. “Listening to vinyl is more of a ritual. I think vinyl adds a bit more intimacy… a bit more personality to the music. I think people who buy vinyl know exactly what the sound is like. But I think more than that, they enjoy the process of listening to vinyl and collecting vinyl,” she adds.
Vinyl Day serves as a homage to the bonding experiences created in the past, when you’d go to a friend’s house to listen to a new record. With a hearty mix of live performances by local artists, it gave the same genuine feeling that listening to a vinyl record brings out.
If the turnout last Saturday were any indication, the vinyl record isn’t going out of style any time soon. Whether your goal was to enjoy the live music, buy a record, or sip on some handcrafted drinks, one thing’s for sure: the spirit of vinyl was very much alive that night, and will be for a long time.