Founded in 2014, Memphis Record Pressing (MRP) was originally a collaboration between Brandon Seavers & Mark Yoshida of Audiographic Masterworks (‘AGMW’, est. 1997) and Matthew Johnson & Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records (‘FP’, est. 1992). Having spent the better part of 15 years working together for CD manufacturing and related businesses, AGMW and FP teamed up to fill a much-needed gap in the resurging world of vinyl manufacturing. After acquiring a recently-defunct pressing plant in New Jersey (EKS,) MRP worked feverishly to build out the complicated but necessary infrastructure required to power vinyl production, while simultaneously scouring the nation in search of those with the knowledge to bring the aged machines back to life. All of the pieces fell into place in January of 2015, when MRP officially opened to the public.
In June 2016, MRP joined forces with GZ Media (GZ) from the Czech Republic, the largest manufacturer of vinyl records in the world. This partnership, along with the increased global attention on the vinyl resurgence, combined with the appetite of the major record labels to capitalize on vinyl’s new-found glory, has fueled MRP’s growth into a global leader in vinyl LP production.
MRP has been in a constant state of expansion, and in 2021 embarked on a multimillion dollar expansion that tripled the size of the company. MRP has grown from 15 employees in 2015 to more than 400 employees in 2023. It’s output has grown correspondingly, with MRP now boasting 52 state-of-the-art presses and output and vinyl output expected to reach in excess of 20 million in 2023.
Throughout, MRP’s goal has been to make the highest quality records with the fastest turn-arounds in the industry, backed by the best customer service around. Memphis Record Pressing is proud of its Memphis heritage, and is dedicated to keeping all things vinyl alive and spinning for many years to come.
Catrina Traylor Francis
Marketing & Communications Director