One night after traveling with childhood friend and reggae enthusiast Robbie Morris to a see Yellowman supporting The Wailers in Sebastian, Florida, Reggie’s life would be forever changed. The boys met Yellowman’s bass player David Richards after the show. Reggie, his ProTools portable rig in hand, recorded bass lines laid down by David during an all-night, hotel room jam session. This event was just the fuel needed to stoke the metaphorical ﬂame in Reggie’s heart.
After that fateful night, David invited him to a recording session in Miami. Reggie recruited another childhood friend and fellow former drum line member James Rosenblit , now The Ellameno Beat’s drummer, to ride along. Fate is the only word to describe what happened next.
James and Reggie headed down to Miami to visit the studio, unaware that it was managed/ owned by a seasoned Jamaican music industry insider. Reggie laid down the chop for an artist they were producing. They loved it, and invited Reggie back to record his own track.
Returning to the studio, Reggie sensed an especially positive vibe in the room. Unbeknownst to him, Robbie Shakespeare was about to walk into the studio fresh from a tour in France, bass in hand, and ready to lay down on Reggie’s track. At this single moment Reggie’s entire existence was validated, as Robbie and the rest of the crew in the studio that night encouraged Reggie to start a band and start performing live. The race to put together a band was on. With James on drums and Reggie on lead guitar and vocals, the band was halfway complete. Returning to Jensen Beach after that monumental recording session, Reggie picked up longtime friend Walker Brantingham to play keys. Still needing a permanent bass player, fellow surfer Dylan Hixon, aka Spicoli, was just the man for the job. Initially armed with only a desire to become a bass player, Dylan was a quick learner, and The Ellameno Beat (EMB) was formed. At this point, some of the band members were still in high school.
They quickly picked up weekly residencies at local bars and started to gain a following. Within a year’s time EMB was playing full time, sometimes seven days a week. Keeping on this track and soon outgrowing their local markets of Jensen Beach and Stuart, Florida, the boys needed to relocate. With the youngest band member now graduated from high school, they made the move to Jacksonville, Florida. Matt Diamond, the trumpet player, another Jacksonville transplant hailing from Philadelphia, joined the band at this point; he was a perfect ﬁt with his passion for and extensive knowledge of roots music. It is Jacksonville where they continue to grow and call home.
On April 7th, 2015 The band released their debut EP “Party Wave” which hit #3 on the iTunes Reggae Top Album charts and #11 on the Billboard Reggae Album charts overnight! Since their impactful debut, the past couple years have found them landing support opportunities for such names as Steel Pulse, Stick Figure, John Brown’s Body, Black Uhuru, Collie Buddz, Inner Circle, Matisyahu, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, and the Original Wailers at an array of respectable venues such as House of Blues Orlando. They’ve successfully toured both nationally and internationally along side their sponsor, Stoke Surfboards, commonly targeting novelty markets that suit their collaborative lifestyle brand of surf culture through music.