11 years strong, Resin Music was founded in 1998 with the vision of creating a positive change in society through music. RM became the West Coast home for reggae and surf roots, the music seeking unity among people and harmony with the environment. Our first release ISAAC HAILE SELASSIE “Unite” in 1999 was nominated for Best Reggae Album of the Year by the Beat magazine. Next we released albums from U.K. dancehall star TIPPA IRIE and So Cal’s BADFISH, and distributed CDs for EEK-A-MOUSE, HALF PINT, SLIGHTLY STOOPID & more through JDC Records. Then we produced our first major festival – Reggae by the Surf on Oahu, Hawaii and with the footage created the first ever reggae/surf movie REGGAE NATION ISLAND MOVEMENT which features KY-MANI MARLEY, SEAN PAUL, BEENIE MAN, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, LONG BEACH DUB ALLSTARS and pro surfers Sunny Garcia, Kalani Robb & Braden Diaz. The groundbreaking film was nominated for numerous awards.
Our next DVD project REGGAE NATION THE REAL SPRING BREAK was filmed at SWAT Spring Break in Rosarito, Mexico starring EEK-A-MOUSE, MR.VEGAS, TIPPA IRIE & BADFISH. Both movies were carried at major retail locations including Best Buy, Circuit City, Tower Records, Wherehouse, Transworld and Barnes & Noble. In 2001 we created REGGAE NATION TV and have produced RNTV for networks including FOX Sports Net (100 million homes), the ZILO College Network (250 campuses), Reggae Sun/Jamaica and Havoc Video on Demand. Reggae Nation became the “Yo MTV Raps” for reggae, showcasing the stars with an MTV Host and bringing high production multi-media to the scene, formatting content for TV, movies, music videos, commericals and the internet. RNTV has produced videos for superstars STEEL PULSE, CAPLETON, DAMIAN MARLEY, BUJU BANTON, SHAGGY, ALPHA BLONDY, BARRINGTON LEVY, MICHAEL ROSE, YELLOWMAN, ANDREW TOSH & more. We are currently working on a ‘Reggae Nation Live’ TV special and new webisodes for ReggaeNation.com.
In 2005 Resin Music hooked up with Body Glove and Surfing America to raise money for the USA Surf Team by releasing a series of compliation CDs called SURF ROOTS. The comps feature reggae, rock and beach-style music from STEEL PULSE, SLIGHTLY STOOPID, PEPPER, MICHAEL FRANTI & more who generously donated tracks. The CDs have raised thousands of dollars for the Team, become a favorite at surf shop countertops and spawned a nationwide Surf Roots Tour which has included dates with COMMON SENSE, THE EXPENDABLES, REBELUTION and BALLYHOO! The tour has gone international, DVDs are playing at surf shops and Surf Roots Radio is bumping 24/7. The brand has come to define the music & lifestyle.
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