Tuff Gong Studios Will Revive Their Vinyl Pressing Plant
The studio founded by Bob Marley where songs like ‘Stir It Up’, ‘Concrete Jungle’, ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Could You Be Loved’ and many more have been recorded and pressed into vinyl is now reviving its Vinyl pressing plant.
Vinyl has been an important part of Jamaican Reggae culture for years until lately when mp3’s started to take over. Reggae and Dancehall DJ’s mostly used 7″ vinyl to play the latest tracks from Jamaica.
Tuff Gong International has partnered with a United States-based Sunpress Vinyl to dust off its vinyl manufacturing business in Kingston. Sunpress Vinyl are also running the former Final Vinyl, owned by legendary reggae label Studio One Studio One vinyl, records pressing factory in Miami, FL.
The company’s vinyl factory at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston is set to undergoes a major renovation to accommodate a surge in sales with customers coming from as far as Asia and Europe. The effort by Tuff Gong is through a partnership with SunPress Vinyl based in Miami. That company will be handling current orders from Tuff Gong’s client while the Kingston factory undergo renovation over the next few months.
Bob Marley founded the vinyl pressing company in the 1970s to offer musicians a one-stop shop for record production and press it into vinyl at the same place.
Bob’s nickname was ‘The Gong’ and the idea was you had to be Tuff to survive the Jamaican music business.