SunPress vinyl is seeking to raise between $50,000 and $107,000(US) in investment capital between now and the 14th September to increase production within the iconic record-pressing facility.
Located in Opa-locka, Florida (a neighborhood of Miami), SunPress is housed in the former Final Vinyl HQ, founded in the 1970s by pioneering Jamaican producer Joe Gibbs. The plant currently utilizes two of the original machines that pressed Studio One releases including records from Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
The plant launched in January of 2017 after a partnership was finalized with Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Records to reissue titles from the legendary Jamaican imprint.
In addition to the restoration of the four remaining original machines, which brings total production estimates to 1.5 million records per year, current owner Dan Yashiv seeks to expand the label-side operations of SunPress with the new funds.
Speaking to local publication Miami New Times, Yashiv stated of the expansion: “This is where I come from — the indie scene. I produced. I put out records I want to always remember. We have relationships with all types of labels — big companies that can keep us busy, period. But our real mission is to be available for the band that can press 300 records, take it on tour, and sell it and then make another record.”
SunPress has opted to use MicroVentures for the crowdfunding initiative. Unlike other platfroms, MicroVentures offers real stock in the companies choosing to use its service.
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Via the Vinyl Factory