2014’s Year End Wrap

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As 2014 comes to a close, we’re taking some time to reflect on all of this year’s accomplishments and action. It’s been a great ride filled with good vibes and the always improving #TeamMarley support system!

AfroPunk Fest! Bringing in over 60,000 people to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, we still can’t stop talking about it. The style and energy was wild (see photo above for some direct proof on that note) Our Get Together party alongside the DJ’s at the Gold stage had thousands of people dancing all day long.

- The Get Together Speaker video launch was a huge success for all involved. We traveled all over and connected with the dopest of videographers to show our audience the authenticity and creativity behind the House of Marley name.

– Throughout the year, we were stoked to release and share our video series, Noisey Jamaica II,  focusing on the rising artists in Jamaica. Names like Jesse Royal, Alkaline, Popcaan, and Ras Malekot got to show their talents in a raw video form. Who doesn’t love viewing the beautiful and deep rooted music and culture of Jamaica? Big Thanks to Noisey Music, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire, and all who contributed to this video series.

– To domino off of that, we celebrated the success of the Noisey Jamaica II video series in the best way we know how, a party..with lots of live music. We took it over to Kinfolk in Brooklyn and invited House of Marley ambassadors, Electric Punanny to get on the 1’s and 2’s, and we even had a drum line march threw the crowd to turn it all the way up. The club was going up on a TUESDAY. Yes, it was an actual Tuesday – we all know weekday parties tend to be the best there is. Check out photos from the event here.

– Damian “Jr Gong” Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will go down in cruise ship history. Filled with music and heavy positive vibes; the weekend of October 20 – 25th was wild. Jamaica’s best reggae artists, including: Sean Paul, Cham, Wayne Marshall, Etana, Bounty Killer and more, graced the stage and had the crowd rocking for several days straight! Check out the recap, but don’t blame us for the #FOMO that might endure over here.

– Another moment our NYC team was quick to embrace: Spring’s opening of the new Miss Lily’s location closer to the office in The East Village. If you’ve never been yet, it’s a destination always at the top of our list.

– Electric Punanny’s Asian Tour had the other side of the world dancing all night long. Melo X and Jasmine Solano are a dynamic duo and a pair that definitely can not be mimicked or duplicated. Singapore, ManilaBali, Seoul, and Shanghai were the main pit stops on their tour, check out those recaps. The House of Marley is very proud to represent these two.

– The incredible team of Miles2Give powered by our friend Landon Thomas, finished the second annual 10,321 mile tour around the United States exceeding their goal of $50,000 to support research in benefit of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the fight of Sarcoma Cancer.

LargeUp named Jesse Royal a 2014 ‘Artist To Watch’ and throughout the year he continued to show us all why, dropping singles and mix-tapes landing at the top of every list. Proud to call Royal a part of #TeamMarley.

– We love the Reggae Girlz, and the House of Marley is giving major props to all that this team has accomplished in 2014. This amazing group of soccer stars raised over 100% of the funds needed to send them to the World Cup 2015 bid. The House of Marley matched $100 to every $1 that was donated. We can’t wait to see these girls dominate in 2015 and bring home the gold!

While 2014 is coming to a close when the clock strikes midnight tonight, we are ready to take on 2015 in full force. Big ups to everyone who helped make 2014 what it has been.

Show Us How You #LiveMarley

When it comes to social platforms, Instagram has got to be one of the best places for creatives. While shamelessly checking out our #LiveMarley hashtag, we came across quite a few visuals that stood out. We love seeing all of the ways our dups (Patois for friends) embody the #LiveMarley ways – from the beach to the office, and everywhere in between. Big thanks to our followers for sharing the love! Images by @rikki1992, @_ladyfreedom, @svenschlager, @soulrebel_leigha, @renatewinkel, @bllackowll.

 

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House of Marley x AfroPunk Fest Recap

AfroPunk Fest was fire! Commodore Barry Park was filled with positive vibes, great music — and STYLE. There are no words to express how beautiful this past weekend was. The people of New York City and beyond came together through art, music, and fashion and blessed Brooklyn with two wild festival days. And the House of Marley “Get Together” and Gold Stage area was the zone! The DJs filled the air with music the crowd could dance to all day long. Thank you Brooklyn!

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Photos by: Eddie Grams

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House of Marley to Donate $100 for any donation made to the Reggae Girlz

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Yes! You read correctly — for ANY and EVERY donation, for ANY amount given, the House of Marley will match with $100. (Until we reach 25k)!

The House of Marley will be matching each donation that is given towards the Reggae Girlz World Cup 2015 Bid. For every NEW donation over the next few days, we will donate $100 for each $1 that is donated.

Referral Contest: In addition to the House of Marley matching your donation, you can also win a House of Marley Get Together Audio System. Using the Indiegogo share tools, send this campaign to as many friends & family as you can. The donor with the most referrals wins the Sound System!

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This campaign is not only for the Reggae Girlz, it is about empowering girls and women from all walks of life through athletics and beyond. Financial burdens should never be a road block in achieving one’s goals and dreams.

Canada June 6th – July 5th, will be the location of the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the next destination for our Reggae Girlz. The Jamaica’s Women’s National Team has partnered with Cedella Marley to raise money for the Women’s World Cup 2015 bid. Want to get in on the action? You can do so by donating through the Reggae Girlz’ Indiegogo page.

We encourage you to donate and spread the word!

For more information please check out the Reggae Girls Indiegogo Page

House of Marley’s The Get Together: AllDayEveryDay

 

For that brief moment when hasty New Yorkers stop in their tracks and turn into spectators fascinated by a group of break-dancing street performers, the Big Apple tastes a bit sweeter. It is this acrobatic art spawned from the Bronx that unites people around the globe with the joys of laughter, wonder and imagination among many others. For the fourth installment of House of Marley‘s video series highlighting its new Bluetooth speaker The Get Together, Brooklyn-based Director Harrison Boyce chose to look into the personalities of these talented dancers. “I wanted to find out if they really loved dance and the trains were their platform to share their talent with the world, or if they were hustlers using dance to make money, and I quickly found out that they have a deep love for dancing and that the money was secondary.” After checking out Boyce’s film, be sure to read through our full interview with the director below.

For more on House of Marley’s The Get Together Bluetooth speaker as well as how you could win your very own please visit here.

 

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Harrison Boyce and I’m a director and photographer living in Brooklyn, New York.

How did you get into filmmaking?

It all started through BMX. I rode BMX throughout my whole childhood and ended up being a sponsored rider, then working as an art director for a company, as well as starting one of, if not the first BMX blogs called Defgrip. I was always filming and making videos with my friends, but it wasn’t until I started making short docs and creating content for Defgrip that I really started to get into film making. It was just a hobby for me at the time, but once I moved to New York, I started to get a lot more directing jobs and over the years have transitioned from working as a designer in the BMX world to a director focusing on fashion and commercial work.

What was the goal behind your video? What was your inspiration?

Living in New York I pretty much ride the subway every day and kept seeing these kids dancing in the trains. I had thought about doing a project about them, but it was only in the back of my head and I didn’t really have an outlet for it. So, once I started talking with Alldayeveryday about this project with House of Marley, it made perfect sense to put something together with the dancers for this project.

The goal behind the video for me was to find out who the kids were who were the first to start dancing on the trains and to showcase them as people. To share their personalities with the world and tell their story. I wanted to find out if they really loved dance and the trains were their platform to share their talent with the world, or if they were hustlers using dance to make money… and I quickly found out that they have a deep love for dancing and that the money was secondary.

What are you most excited about your relationship with House of Marley?

House of Marley has been incredible with this project because they just let me do my thing and supported my vision 100%. A lot of time brands can really get involved and almost take over the creative process, but the guys at House of Marley essentially laid down the foundation for a dream project and let me do my thing the whole way though with nothing but support. A perfect partnership.

When you were approached about the project, what was the direction given and then how did you approach your execution/interpretation?

Allday approached me, and I asked if I’d be interested in putting some ideas together around the idea of “getting together.” They really wanted to leave it up to the directors to bring ideas to the table, so it was really open as far as the creative goes.

I just worked on a few different ideas around the idea of “getting together” using music as the main ingredient that actually brought people together.

How influential has music been in your creative evolution?

Music has been a huge influence in my work and it really drives my creative process, especially in the edit. I grew up in a musical family and music has always been something that plays a part in anything I’m doing creatively. Specifically with film, music becomes such a big part of telling a story, creating emotions, and setting a flow and an arch… I like to work with the music first, building a foundation to edit on and everything else really falls into place if you have the right music or soundtrack.

Was there any issues with filming on the subway?

I wasn’t sure how it was going to be bringing a Red camera down there, but we didn’t have any problems at all. I’m pretty good with filming in random situations and can just roll with the flow and the Waffle Crew definitely knows the ins and outs of performing on the subways. We tried to keep moving and not stay in one spot too long and I think that definitely helped us not run into any problems.

You’ve worked on everything from commercial films to short films and fashion films – which of the projects would you say is your favorite to collaborate on?

I think my favorite thing is the fact that I’m able to work on so many different types of projects. To me it’s more about the people and the experiences I have making my work, than the specific type of genre I’m working in. I really like to learn about people, explore new places, and basically do anything I can to learn something new each day. So I feel super lucky that I’ve been able to work on so many diverse projects with such a broad range.

Author: Robert Marshall

*Originally posted on HYPEBEAST 

The Good Life x House of Marley World Cup “Get Together”

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The World Cup is back and the best sport in the world has taken over your television screen and your local haunts. Don’t be surprised if you see a few of your coworkers taking an extended lunch to watch these matches.

The Good Life and House of Marley have set up shop at the Cardinal (234 E. 4th St) for you crazy soccer, I mean FOOTBALL fans.

The East Village is the perfect haven to watch a game over a cold drink. As you can see from the photos, not having a seat doesn’t stop these fans from enjoying a game. We’ve got three House of Marley sound systems pumping audio, so you’ll enjoy the games (and the music afterwards) with pristine audio quality, no matter how packed it gets. In the back alley there is a mini pitch for those who want put their skills to work. So, put on your favorite jersey, grab some friends, and head to the Cardinal (don’t forget to tip the bartenders)!

 

Check out: wearethegoodlife.com

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Photo Credit: Eddie Grams