Chuck D named official ambassador of Record Store Day 2014

This year's event will take place on April 19

Chuck D has been named as the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2014.

The Public Enemy leader will be the face of the annual event, which takes place this year on April 19. Speaking about his appointment, he commented: “In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It’s worth a great try, let’s do this.”

In an official statement, Chuck D called record stores a “school and sonic passport”. He said: “The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.”

Record Store Day was launched in the US seven years ago, coming to the UK a year later. Exclusive instore gigs and special releases will mark the event.