Documentary Captures Brooklyn Rocksteady Scene

brooklyn rocksteady logoThis is an excerpt of a post I originally published on my personal blog. While it’s got nothing to do with the Boston Ska scene, the Brooklyn Rocksteady documentary covers the scene I was a part of before I moved to Boston. No scene lives in a vacuum. I’m also incredibly proud to have been a part of it and wanted to share it.

I moved to New York City in 2008. By early 2009, I had found my way into a few bands. One of those bands was the instrumental reggae band The Hard Times. By 2010, we were a part of a really great scene. How did that happen?

In 2011, my friend Sam started filming a documentary about the Brooklyn rocksteady scene. His kickstarter was funded, Agent Jay from The Slackers started to pull together a soundtrack, and Sam started interviewing. He got lots of big names involved. I was both surprised and honored when he asked me if he could interview me. Part of me thought it was just a nice gesture; I knew he’d get a ton of footage and not necessarily use it all. I was happy to just to be interviewed and didn’t expect to make the cut.

Sometime later the trailer came out. I was excited to get a taste of what it would look like.

Continue reading my story here.

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Jacob Wake Up!

Jacob Wake Up! is managing editor of Boston Ska (dot) net. He's been going to ska shows since high school and never looked back. Jake lives in Roslindale and works in communications by day. You can see him perform with The New Limits or strike up conversation with him at a local ska show.

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