Brian Molko: Vinyl Gives You A Real Connection To Music

19 April 2013, 15:19 | Updated: 30 March 2015, 13:39


Placebo's Brian Molko has told Radio X he thinks vinyl records are by far the best way to experience music.

"It's the physicallity of it - which includes the size of it - and the interactiveness of it. I think because its a real object you feel a real connection to it," he explained to Radio X's Jo Good.

"It's interactive in a way downloading music isn't because you actually have to put it on a turntable, listen to half of it and then get back up again and flip it over. Playing a vinyl record, there's a certain amount of commitment involved that you don't get from an MP3 playlist.

"Also I found with listening to downloads, often it can become a little bit like wallpaper - background music. The fact that you've actually put a record on makes you want to sit down and engage with it and only listen. Which is how I grew up consuming music and discovering music.

The Placebo frontman believes the size of it is important as it turns it into a piece of artwork - to which you can become more attached.

"It all boils down to being physically and emotionally engaged with the object itself which doesn't exist with downloads."

Listen to the interview here.

Placebo are re-releasing 2012's B3 EP on 10" clear vinyl for Record Store Day tomorrow (April 20).

The new edition features five brand new tracks and is "an eclectic mix of newly written songs and older unreleased album session recordings and is now available for the first time ever on vinyl".

See Radio X's Record Store Day 2013 coverage.