16-year-old Jarett Koral (pictured) runs his own vinyl record label, Jett Plastic Recordings, from his parents’ home and still manages to get straight-As in high school. What were you doing at the age of 16?
Koral is not technically old enough to own the imprint, so his mother acts as president while he runs the business, which includes partnering with two vinyl pressing companies. The idea came to him two years prior when a friend of his was looking for an alternative label to output his record.
So far he has pressed records for 12 different artists, including vinyl distribution for The Pizza Underground, which is Macaulay Culkin’s Velvet Underground parody band entirely about pizza.
Koral had this to say about the Jett Plastic venture in an interview with Click on Detroit:
“I sold records from my own collection to gain some money for pressing, since pressing is around $2,000. I’m not really making a ton of money with it, but it’s cool, and I have something to show for it.”
We ran an article about the decline of the album earlier this year, but maybe a young and ambitious generation of vinyl-philes like Jarett Koral are primed to revive the format. Hear his full interview via Click On Detroit here.