You’ve heard of digital music on demand. Now here comes vinyl-on-demand.
Musicians who want to press their music into plastic might want to check out Qrates.com (pronounced Crates), a new Japanese company looking to expand into the US.
Qrates launched a little over a year ago in its home market, and this week its executives are here seeking funding for the venture as well as to find new distribution partners.
“The music industry is focused on digital on demand, we’d like to introduce analog on-demand vinyl,” Chief Marketing Officer Taishi Fukuyama told On the Money.
Two artists — hip-hop artist and actor Common and rapper J Dilla — have already tried out the service, says Fukuyama, a former Echo Nest executive who adds that the site also offers a crowdfunding element to help artists raise enough money to get into the vinyl production business.
Qrates can press as few as 100 copies of a record in a time frame of between six to 10 weeks.