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The Vinyl Guide

If you like records, just starting a collection or are an uber-nerd with a house-full of vinyl, this is the podcast for you. Nate Goyer is The Vinyl Guide and discusses all things music and record-related. Nate is a 40+ year vinyl collector, owns some of the most highly desired titles and enjoys them thoroughly. The Vinyl Guide is his journey through the history of music to speak with the artists and technicians who made music history and get the stories behind the records.

Aug 14, 2023

Romanus Records is known for producing beautiful and extrodinarily innovative vinyl records. Chris Banta, founder of Romanus, shares how he approaches his craft and continues push the boundaries and assumptions of the vinyl record format.

Emmy Award winning Video of "My Weird Life" featuring Chris & Romanus Records.

Topics include:

  • Is Romanus Records a label?
  • The early experimentation of Romanus
  • Stuff he’s put into records – bullets, glitter, blood/fluid, real scorpions, shredded money, razor blades, etc
  • Making a working guitar pedal in a record
  • Chris’ skillset and background – Vinyl Jawa
  • Typical Romanus release bundles
  • Special limited records are all hand made
  • Who presses the records?
  • The recent challenges of vinyl supply chain
  • King Gizzard bootleg model
  • The community around King Gizzard
  • Polygondawanaland paid for his son’s surgery
  • Creating the Holographic effect on vinyl
  • Balancing the visual effects and sound quality
  • Green glow in the dark records seem to have more quality issues
  • How does he create Romanus’ hand-made filled records
  • Focused on innovation and high quality
  • How do we care for liquid-filled records?
  • Early liquid-filled records – Disney was the first
  • Jay Millar’s blood records w The Flaming Lips
  • Making records for well known artists – Fall Out Boy –‘tear-infused records’, Slime Language
  • Importance of getting credit for doing special records for other artists
  • What lead time do you need for creating a special hand-made record?
  • The largest order he had to fulfill – challenging logistics
  • Thoughts from Chris on how to find the right career path
  • Persistence is required for doing anything you’re passionate about
  • If you’re being adventurous, you’re going to suck for awhile
  • Salty Dog Records, Private Function
  • Interview wrap up

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