MagazineAug 20, 2013
Viny is Not Dead!
GZ Digital Media’s factory is located in a small village called Lodenice, some 26 kilometers (16 miles) west of Prague. It was established at the beginning of the 1950s, manufacturing records for the whole Eastern bloc. Technological progress changed production in the mid-80?s to CDs and DVDs and the vinyl records press machines were dumped into the factory’s courtyard. Luckily, at the time of the huge CD boom the employees of the factory saved ten 1960s press machines and did not allow them to be destroyed. That paid off later as the renaissance of vinyl records arrived in the late ’90?s due to the retro period with disc jockeys and music connoisseurs. Old machines were moved back, revitalized and production of phonograph records in Lodenice started again. This year the company will produce over 10 millions vinyl records exporting them all over the globe producing records of the biggest hit makers from Lady Gaga, INXS, U2, as well as the legends of my youth like Beatles recordings box approved by Paul McCartney, sets of Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones and almost all big names you can possibly imagine. The company, with 1400 employees, has become the biggest employer in the immediate region.