Archer Records Keeps Vinyl and Detroit's Techno Scene Alive

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Archer Record Press in Detroit is one of the few companies in the world that still presses vinyl records. The 47-year-old company is kept alive by techno artists. DJs from all over the world send their tracks to Archer Records to be pressed to vinyl. In the process, these artists keep the almost-defunct manufacturing of vinyl alive. WDET reporter Martina Guzman visited Archer Records and spoke with 75-year-old owner Joe Archer, and his son, Mike Archer, about their thriving business.


Martina Guzmán

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Arwa Gunja

Comments [4]


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Mar. 06 2013 10:57 PM
George Beach from Mi

Anybody who keeps on saying that vinyl is a dying breed or is defunct is certainly not paying attention.

May. 23 2012 04:40 PM
Leslie KM

I love the question from this episode, "what's worth doing the old way?" Like your comment above heirloom tomatoes, hand made knives and specialty items and like the guys on the television show Duck Dynasty said, talking to your girlfriend face to face(rather than on social media or skype!) :)
As an educator I get LOADs of ideas from your show and this one is a great question for us to get kids in schools thinking about as a way to learn about the differences between then and now and what is worth doing the "old way" because I agree, there is a list of things we shouldn't forget about. Thanks for the idea for an integrated learning unit that might inspire the next generation.

May. 23 2012 03:13 PM
joe davis from 3rd rock from sun

John H is so hip! His report on the thriving techno scene in Detroit was awesome! Forgive me if I 'rave'!
You know, I wish all industries could be as cool and awesome as retro-record pressing. Now there's a petro-chemical product an NPR listener can fully get behind! (so long as it remains a cool niche business like organic heirloom tomatoes) Once Detroit made the cars the whole world drove now it makes beats and records for DJ's in Amsterdam and Tokyo. Hope Archer doesn't unionize....

May. 23 2012 09:32 AM

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