An interview with Hirie

The young and extremely talented Hirie has been stirring up the industry since roughly 2013, turning the heads of both reggae and pop enthusiasts. The Hawaiian raised and San Diego native has been heavily touring the nation, most recently with Tribal Seeds and Leilani Wolfgramm on the 2015 Winter Chillin’ Tour where we caught up […]

A look inside Iya Terra

Iya Terra is a roots, rock, reggae band from Los Angeles, California comprised of five members who together, deliver a unique sound with a positive message through their funky reggae music.  Their first self-titled EP was completed at Castaway 7 Studios with the help of award winning engineer and producer JP Hesser and was released […]

An exclusive interview with Stick Figure

Three of the most explosive acts in the US reggae-rock scene came together for on the “Livin’ it Fall Tour” throughout the West Coast this month. Stick Figure, Pacific Dub and Hirie sold out several venues on this tour, McNear’s Mystic Theater in Petaluma being no exception. California Roots, who have been the hands-down leaders […]

An interview with E.N Young

E.N Young has been a major player in the modern American reggae-rock field. After starting his own solo project and joining San Diego band, Tribal Seeds, E.N Young has been reaching out to fellow artists and helping them to produce their music. Not only is his signature sound recognizable, but it appears he likes to […]

Interview with The Green’s Zion Thompson

We caught up with The Green’s guitarist/vocalist Zion Thompson during the last legs of the Count Me In tour with Rebelution, Iration, and Stick Figure in Berkeley, CA. Find out what it’s like to open up for superstar Bruno Mars, details on recent collaborations, and how they stay motivated. For more information about The Green, […]

An interview with Tony-Ray from Tribal Seeds

Tribal Seeds recently released their fourth full length album Representing, which debuted quite nicely at #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts. We sat down with keyboardist, producer, vocalist and one of the original founding members of Tribal Seeds, Tony-Ray, to talk about the new album, the band’s history, underwear, and their upcoming appearance at Colorado’s […]

Interview with Marley D Williams of Rebelution

We had a chance to catch up with Marley D. Williams while he and Rebelution were gearing up for the 5th Annual California Roots Festival and their release of Count Me In, their latest studio album.  Not surprisingly, we had a really honest and humble conversation with one of the hardest working bass players in […]

An interview with Raul Bianchi from The Expendables

The Expendables are a metal-rock, surf, punk-reggae band that has been taking the reggae-rock scene by storm with their unyielding energy, and wicked shows! Though they just completed their Winter Blackout Tour with Seedless and Stick Figure, The Expendables took some time to talk with Top Shelf Reggae about a new album, current music, and […]

Ziggy Marley: The Making of Fly Rasta

The 5th studio release from Ziggy Marley titled Fly Rasta is set to release April 15, 2014 on all major outlets. In this just released exclusive interview, Ziggy Marley sits down and talks about the making of Fly Rasta, including the inspirations, process, and collaborations that took place during the production. Ziggy Marley will also […]

A pre-show interview with Ease Up

Top Shelf Reggae sits down with San Diego based Ease Up during their Buds & Brews Tour to talk about their history along with the new self titled album. We caught up with Ease Up in San Francisco, CA in their tour van parked outside of Grant & Green Saloon just before their amazing performance. […]

Forbes sits down with Matisyahu

After making a name for himself as a bearded, orthodox Jewish, reggae-infused singer-rapper, Matisyahu chopped off his facial hair and reinvented himself. He tells Forbes editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg how the evolution affected his music and his marketability following his show at SXSW.

A chat with KBong about solo album and Stick Figure

Kevin Bong is an artist and singer most known for his work with Stick Figure, a band he has played with for some time, and grown with as a musician. Top Shelf Reggae had a chance to sit down and chat with “KBong” to talk about his debut EP album, lifestyle, and inspirations: So, tell […]

A green room chat with Ballyhoo!

Top Shelf Reggae had the opportunity to sit down with Ballyhoo!’s front man Howi Spangler during their 2014 Winter Brewhaha Tour with Passafire and Pacific Dub. The performance took place in The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA on a Wednesday night in front of a packed house. For more information about Ballyhoo! […]

An exclusive interview with The Expanders

Out of Los Angeles, California comes The Expanders with their fully-inspired, Jamaican-style reggae music! The Expanders may not appear like your usual roots-reggae band; yet, this band has more roots from Jamaican-style music than we have seen or heard right now! With backup vocals setting the tone just right for a roots-reggae rendition, The Expanders […]

Exclusive interview with CRSB

Top Shelf Reggae had the opportunity to speak with the tremendously talented San Francisco Bay Area natives Sonny B. and Chris Ramos at the New Parish in Oakland, CA. Together as blood cousins and best friends, they have formed a very successful group and labeling themselves as CRSB, which has recently been touring up and […]