Steven Williams

Steven is a Discogs content strategist and indie radio host residing in Portland, OR. Formerly a member of P.H.C., a found-object free jazz collective, he now spends his spare time learning bluegrass tunes on the mandolin.
Articles by Steven Williams

How Vinyl Records Are Made

As the 2018 Discogs mid-year report confirmed, Vinyl is king on Discogs. Despite collectors’ collective fixation on this format, seldom is appreciation given to how vinyl records are made. As it turns out, it’s a relatively arduous process that you shouldn’t try at home. Avid vinyl record collectors know the production process is also an […]

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How To Convert Vinyl Records To Digital Formats Easily

One of the benefits of vinyl records is the superior sound quality compared to streaming. However, there’s a downside; portability. Let’s admit it, bringing records to a beach, though possible, is cumbersome. There are many other reasons you might want to convert vinyl to digital as well. Posterity is a significant one. No one wants […]

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How to Clean Vinyl Records The Easy Way

Despite being one of the most formidable formats known to mankind, vinyl records have a propensity for attracting dust and grime. Between late night sessions, Sunday morning exhibitions and the commute from work to home (and back again), once new and shiny vinyl records can start to show some serious wear quicker than expected. Not […]

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Discogs is your home for discovering music. It’s an extensive musician and release Database connected to your personal Collection. It’s the venue for your lists and your guidebook to the world of collecting music. It’s a worldwide Marketplace with millions of titles. Sign in or register and start exploring the many features of Discogs. Create An Account The […]

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How To Get A Rare Vinyl Record Without Breaking The Bank

I could sum up how to get a rare vinyl record in two words: get lucky. That’s it. In today’s world of interconnectivity, few rare records slip past a keen record seller’s eyes. However, there are ways to increase your chances of finding a rare vinyl record and realize when it’s the real deal. Get […]

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Most Popular and Expensive Prince Albums

Prince was an icon. A magnetic figure who managed to sell more than 100 million records in his lifetime. Yet, Prince’s music is, to some, unapproachable. The sheer amount of music he produced is an insurmountable wall, so comprehensive that it veers into the overwhelming. When he passed in 2016, many had hardly scratched the […]

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How To Store Vinyl Records

A question many record collectors ask is, where can I put all these records? If you’ve asked yourself this then you’re in luck, as we’ll be doing our best to cover storage options and tips. We’ll begin by outlining the proper, recommended, government-approved guidelines for how to store vinyl records. In a separate post, we’ll […]

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Staff Picks: Songs For Mother’s Day

Who runs the world? Moms do. As a loving tribute to the moms who raised the music nerds that we have all somehow become, the staff at Discogs decided to share songs that remind them of their mothers. It’s quite an eclectic list, one that skips the expected cliches, instead opting to include no less […]

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5 Essential Tropicália Albums

Tropicália. The breakout Brazillian art movement steeped in a deliberately-eclectic ideology paired with psychedelic tendencies. A rare scene that bridged the gap from obscure to mainstream in little more than a year. In doing so, Tropicália showed the subversive power of music to the masses decades before waves of punk hit the shores of the […]

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