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MEGADETH's David Ellefson: "I Hate The Way Vinyl Sounds"

Posted by on April 8, 2019 at 3:41 pm

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Vinyl sales are up, and while most people prefer the warmer sound that vinyl brings, and the throwback to the analog era, there is one thrasher who very much prefers the digital format for music.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson spoke to Heavy Demons and talked about the digital era of the industry and his distaste for vinyl. Ellefson said:

"It all works digitally. It's funny that all fans buy or listen to things digitally. I still buy everything — I buy everything on iTunes — 'cause I still like to have it on my phone. Usually I listen to music when I'm flying, when I'm traveling, and then I'll buy vinyl, just because it looks cool. But I usually don't listen to it, 'cause I hate the way vinyl sounds. It sounds like shit. I never liked it. I was actually glad when digital came [around]. But I find most artists, they have still the merchandise booth, and fans go to buy things. And sometimes even if the CD and the vinyl is just a place to put a signature, it's a great memorabilia piece to take home."

Does Ellefson not realize that streaming services allow you to store music on your phone so you don't have to buy it? There was a rumor that Apple would eventually phase out downloads, so what will Ellefson do then?

How about you? Do you prefer vinyl or digital?

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