Monday, February 27, 2017

Start The Presses: Legendary Final Vinyl machines that pressed iconic records by Bob Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots and The Maytals, come back to life at Miami’s SunPress Vinyl.

Record distributor, MonoStereo Distribution, forms strategic partnership with SunPress, Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Vlado Meller, Truphonic Recording Studios, and music marketing agency, Fanatic Promotion, to offer robust line of artist and label services.



Billboard has announced the formation of Miami-based record pressing facility, SunPress Vinyl, housed in the former Final Vinyl factory, founded in the 1970s by reggae pioneer Joe Gibbs, and later home to his world-renowned reggae label, Studio One. The Final Vinyl plant issued classic works by Bob Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Toots and The Maytals, and Miami’s notorious 2 Live Crew.

Principals at SunPress Vinyl, include  Dan Yashiv, a recording engineer who has worked acts from Pet Shop Boys to Britney Spears, and film producer Stephen Hays, along with Dan Pelson, former Executive Vice President of Sony Music.

Benji Rogers of direct-to-fan music platform PledgeMusic is also on board as an advisor, and long-time vinyl pressing veteran, Chris Moss, will oversee the demanding quality control standards of these legacy machines. To that end, Headley Haslam, the man who pressed every record during the Gibbs and Studio One years on this equipment, is now back at his post.

SunPress is also proud to announce, in an added nod to its historic roots, that it has entered into a partnership with Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong International, which will press its own catalog and third party releases at SunPress.

And before the gears even begin to turn on new product at SunPress, legendary Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, Vlado Meller will have done his part to bring superior vinyl masters through the door.

Long Island, NY and Charleston, SC-based record distributor MonoStereo Distribution, via its relationship with Meller’s Vlado Meller Mastering, which operates out of Charleston’s world-class Truphonic Recording studio, will offer Meller’s services as the go-to vinyl mastering option for all SunPress Vinyl clients.

Meller’s career has spanned 40-plus years, and includes work with diverse A-list artists such as Prince, Johnny Cash, Celine Dion, Harry Connick Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Metallica, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and many more.

Monostereo, an independent one-stop and distributor co-owned and managed by New York-native, and current Charleston resident, Mike Gomez, specializes in the wholesale distribution of vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray, Turntables, and music accessories. Family-owned and operated since 1974, MonoStereo began as a small chain of record stores on Long Island, New York, and as an additional part of Monostereo’s 2017 plans, Gomez, along with his brother in-law and business partner, Jeffrey Berg, will renovate and re-open the flagship store, Record Stop in 2017.

Gomez comments, “By partnering with Vlado Meller, we’re working with someone who truly understands how to prepare albums for vinyl, a nearly lost art. He is an undisputed ‘master of mastering’ and we’re thrilled to have him as an extended member of our team.”

In addition to SunPress Vinyl and Vlado Meller Mastering’s services, MonoStereo will provide Label Services options for its group of distributed artists and labels via strategic partnerships with independent marketing agencies. The first of these relationships is with New York-based, Fanatic Promotion.

Fanatic was established by Josh Bloom in 1997 to build fan-to-fan connections between artists and the media. For over 20 years, Fanatic has continued to help launch careers through the strategic advocacy of creative talent. Artists represented during Fanatic’s history include The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, Steve Earle, My Morning Jacket, and Sufjan Stevens.


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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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