Introducing Trilby Records! A new independent boutique digital record label -- founded by artists for artists -- dedicated to producing, marketing and distributing ska and reggae music.
The founders -- Roger Apollon and Marc Wasserman of Bigger Thomas, Rude Boy George and Marco On The Bass, Stephen Shafer of The Duff Guide to Ska, Rude Boy George and former head of promotions for Moon Records and Wayne Lothian, the former bassist for English Beat, General Public and Special Beat have combined their unique skill sets together to bring Trilby Records to life.
The goal is to use social media and the web to produce, market and promote ska and reggae with an emphasis on fairness, honesty and good music! Stay tuned for information on our first digital releases...
ROGER APOLLON JR.
Roger was exposed to Caribbean, Latin, Rock, R & B and Classical music at a very young age. That exposure led him to study classical piano for eight years and join a local singing/dancing youth group. It was in performing at recitals and neighborhood shows that he discovered his passion for the stage.
While finishing up his degree in Communications from Rutgers University in the summer of 1988, he answered an advertisement put up by fellow students looking for a singer for a ska and calypso band. Two months later, Roger was the lead singer of the band Bigger Thomas (along with current RBG band members Jim Cooper and Marc Wasserman) and would remain with them for the next 26 years performing with some of his musical heroes such as Jimmy Cliff, HR (of Bad Brains), Yellowman and De La Soul. He is currently working with producer Wayne Lothian on his first solo project that will be released by Trilby Records in the very near future. He (and bandmate Marc) is also in the documentary Riot On The Dancefloor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens that is receiving critical acclaim at film festivals across North America.
Marc has loved music from a very young age, listening to albums by The Beatles, Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass Band, Tony Orlando & Dawn and The 5th Dimension that his parents played. The first single he ever bought with his own money was "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglass and from then on he was hooked on collecting records and listening to music.
He heard The Specials (Official) first album when he was 14 and it was love at first listen. He quickly became a fan of English Beat, The Selecter, UB40,The Clash, reggae and all the new wave music he was hearing on the radio in the early 80's. After reading that Paul Simonon of The Clash had taught himself to play his bass, Marc picked up a cheap 4-stringer while in high school that he got from a Sears catalog and taught himself to play by ear.
After discovering the New York ska scene of the mid-80's, he started the first ska/reggae band from New Jersey called Bigger Thomas with his longtime bandmates Roger and Jim. The band has been together for 26 years and released 4 albums. He helped start Rude Boy George in 2013.
Marc also writes a popular blog about ska music called Marco On The Bass and is finishing up his second album "My Soul Is Restless," with producer and Trilby founder Wayne Lothian, that features a mixture of ska, reggae and electronica and will be released on Trilby Records in early 2015.
A bassist with a career spanning over 25 years, Wayne Lothian has played and recorded with some of the most prominent musicians reggae & ska from the English Beat and General Public to the Specials.
Wayne derives his energy and infectious enthusiasm from collaboration with talented musicians who always inspire him to do his best, and that has propelled him onto ever-expanding projects. He is one of the co-founders of Trilby Records, producing, Rude Boy George, Antonee First Class, and Roger Apollon Jr. and is working on a solo project at his studio, where he also engineers. He is set to record with The Social Scuffs, Duane Neillson and Norm Jones. Having already written music for TV and commercials, he looks forward to doing more. And more. And more…