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Lathe to the Grave

Lathe to the Grave

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We recently caught up with 2011 graduate Tasha Trigger who opened her own vinyl records store with partner Adam Martin after seeing a gap in the market. 

I fell in love with the University of Portsmouth during my time there. I studied Criminology and Forensic Studies as I had always had an interest in the criminal justice system and despite not achieving the grade I wanted I still graduated with a pass.

Attending University allowed me to grow. I moved out of home, lived on my own and had to fend for myself for the first time. I learnt very quickly that time management was key whilst working a part time job and completing my degree course.

I applied for jobs in the field which I studied and soon moved back home and started working for Thames Valley Police in their control room. After a few years a vacancy came up in Hampshire Constabulary’s control room and I was able to move back to sunny Portsmouth. 

Living and going out in Portsmouth, I attended lots of gigs and found that the bands I loved had limited merchandise to sell and saw a gap in the music market. The vinyl market was growing in popularity yet none of the bands I went to see were selling vinyl records for me to take home. The days of keeping ticket stubs are gone with the use of e-tickets. I wanted something tangible to take home with me, to remind me of the gig I attended whilst supporting the bands I like.

So myself and my partner Adam Martin decided to go out on a limb and buy a lathe. A week before Christmas 2017 we embarked on a 1,340 mile round journey to attend an intensive training course and collect the equipment. It was the most spontaneous thing I have ever done. 

The lathe is hand operated and makes records by cutting the music to disc in real time using a diamond needle. This method allows for the best clarity and means we listen back to every disc as it is cut, ensuring every cut is the same quality and in perfect condition.

The way our records are made means that we have no minimum order of discs. This allows us to cater for local bands, artists and labels wanting to release their music on record at an affordable price. It is also possible to provide just a one-off copy of a disc which can be used as a final project submission for students studying music courses, a unique way to make your project stand out! 

What I really want from my business is to be able to help the music industry remain independent and eclectic, and to help musicians begin their journey with music they are proud of.

Lathe to the Grave is based in Portsmouth and was officially launched on 21 April 2018 - Record Store Day

You can find out more on our website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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