Vinyl Me, Please is proud to announce today the additions of Rob Jones as Executive Creative Director and Alan Hynes as Senior Creative Director to its team.
Grammy Award-winning designer Rob Jones, joining VMP from his role as co-founder at Mondo, brings a wealth of experience in the creative industry. During his time at Mondo, a pop culture powerhouse renowned for its sharp artistic reimaginings of movie posters and vinyl soundtrack packages, Jones played a critical role in establishing the company’s global recognition.
When asked for comment on his new role with VMP, Jones shouted: “Impossible to remain chill while boarding the VMP ship. Years of stargazing with the folks from Third Man Records and Mondo Records have me prepped and pumped with grand plans for the VMP subscription model. We want to cover every soundtrack aspect, including film, video games, television, sports, and the odyssey of life itself."
Skate industry veteran Alan Hynes, recognized for his extensive experience designing board graphics for legends such as John Cardiel, Julian Stranger, and Keith Hufnagel, has been an integral part of Mondo's record department for several years. Alongside screenprinting concert and movie posters, Hynes has garnered widespread acclaim for his high-concept and original record packaging for notable films like “Fight Club,” “Anomalisa,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “The Wizard of Oz,” which have captured imaginations and golden opinions alike.
Regarding his upcoming assignment, Hynes said: “Golden opinions? … did Rob write that? … anyway, I've always thought of records as time machines, and listening to their music is the closest I can get to time travel. Granted, my musical tastes lay mostly in the past, but I'm very excited to start exploring the opportunities that lie ahead for us at VMP and to continue to innovate and design records with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in the industry."
In their new roles, Jones and Hynes will play a vital role in guiding VMP's artistic direction. Working alongside the existing team, they will focus on creating high-end custom record packaging, ensuring the highest quality designs for VMP collectors. Additionally, they will continue collaborating with studios and composers to bring epic movie scores to vinyl, combining VMP's commitment to providing an unparalleled audio experience with their distinctive design approach. This seamless integration of music and artistry will enhance the overall vinyl experience for VMP members.
Cam Schaefer, CEO of VMP, further added: “Bringing joy to people through tangible, transcendent experiences with music is what VMP is about and what we’re always striving to offer our customers. The addition of Rob and Alan to the team takes us to the moon creatively and fills out a 1992 Olympic Dream Team of art and design. Their experience, mind-bending creativity, and passion for exploration will allow them to make a deep impact within VMP and help us to elevate and expand our product line for customers. We’re lucky to have them.”
Jones and Hynes will take charge of expanding VMP's product line, which includes the exciting introduction of "Soundtracks." To launch this new offering, VMP is joining forces with artist Tyler Stout to celebrate Richard Donner’s 80s time machine, “The Goonies,” with a new pressing of Dave Grusin’s score that will hit VMP online later this summer.
A largely silent elder of the alternate movie poster scene, Stout’s illustrated explosions largely center on epic sci-fi and horror films from his childhood. His style quickly caught international acclaim while ushering in the re-emergence of professional illustration in film posters.
When reached for comment, artist Stout emerged from a pile of garbage near Portland, Oregon, uttering, "Mortimer, we're back! … happy to be included."
To further mark the collaboration, VMP and Tyler Stout will offer a slipmat via the VMP online store. The first in a series of slipmats featuring the astronaut from Stout’s classic print Welcome Home, VMP’s vinyl pressing plant and record store in Denver will feature additional exclusive versions.
Folks interested in being alerted to the availability of the Goonies package can sign up starting today at the VMP website.