Since its invention over 100 years ago, the vinyl record has revolutionized the way people hear and feel recorded music. In the 1980s, video killed the radio star and CDs killed the record industry. Now—with CD and digital sales on the decline—vinyl records is in the midst of an epic comeback.
A collector of records since childhood, Alex Rodriguez has turned his addiction into a career. Follow record collector, Alex Rodriguez across America as he discovers and curates records for Coachella Music Festival’s on-site record store. Dig into the world of record collecting,
as Alex spends weeks on the road, buying records and swapping stories with fellow collectors, musicians, and producers.
Featuring interviews with Pete Rock, Lenny Kaye, Monalisa Murray, Oliver Wang, Valerie Calano, “Slug” and “Ant” from Atmosphere, Sheila Burgel, Steven Blush, Rebecca Birmingham, Jamison Harvey “DJ Prestige”, and Kevin Patrick. Record Safari gives viewers an intimate inside look into the world of record collecting through some of the industry’s most knowledgeable enthusiasts. Is it just a hobby or something deeper and more meaningful? What explains vinyl records' steady popularity in the age of streaming?
The film explores the many reasons why people become vinyl enthusiasts and hopes to show viewers why the format has been and remains a powerful medium for music. Is it just a hobby or something deeper? What explains vinyl records steady popularity in the age of streaming? Tag along for the journey as Alex answers these questions and searches high and low for these sought after pieces of plastic.
I first met Alex in a hotel in upstate New York. Our conversation quickly turned to music and I was fascinated by his encyclopedic knowledge spanning every genre and his relentless passion for collecting vinyl. I was eager to learn more so we continued our conversation when we
were both back home in Los Angeles. I decided I wanted to dive deep into the story of his journey and his curation process for the Coachella Music Festival, so I proposed joining him on his next record collecting trip. Less than two weeks later, we were on the road, traveling the country, immersed in vinyl culture. At the time, it was hard to know if I was making an impulsive mistake or intuitively seizing the moment with this opportunity. Alex and others in his profession have a contagious passion that immediately struck me as a story worth sharing and it didn’t take long before I was completely assured that I made the right decision. Whether you’re a vinyl fan now, have been in the past, or will be in the future, this road trip will bring
you back to the vinyl age.
-Vincent Vittorio, Director