San Francisco-based vinyl manufacturer Pirates Press has just made an incredible announcement. The company is getting ready to receive the world’s first new vinyl pressing machine in over 30 years, and while many have been phasing out of vinyl, Pirates Press saw the resurgence of popularity in wax, and is now positioned to be at the forefront of production. Last year, Pirates Press made about 2.5 million records, and with the addition of this new machine, hopes are to double that number.
While the majority of products share a punk/metal theme, Pirates Press gained their foothold in the industry working with large labels like Sony and Warner Brothers to manufacture their records. The early success of Pirates Press allowed the founders to create a label under which to release their favorites musicians. The result is Pirates Press Records, which has been integral in the promotion of some of the most successful punk bands around. Many of us are familiar with their recent releases from Street Dogs, Cock Sparrer, Bouncing Souls, Bishops Green, and more. Additionally, every year the company holds a huge anniversary party, celebrating success, friendship, unity, and of course music! The label is going into their 11th year, and shows no signs of stopping or slowing down, in fact they are on their way to cementing their place in the annals of punk history.
The machine will be received by GZ Media in the Czech Republic, one of the industry’s largest vinyl manufacturers and a strong partner with Pirates.
Pirates Press founder Eric Mueller recently sat down with independent media KQED for a little interview to discuss this momentous occasion, and what the future holds for Pirates Press. Check it out here.