Reality Shock is an independent record label representing several of the UK's leading reggae artists. Founded by Kris Kemist in 2003, the Reality Shock family has grown from strength to strength, gaining an international reputation as a musical force to be reckoned with..
The foundation for Reality Shock was building long before the label's launch. As a young teenager, Kris Kemist began collecting reggae records and moving with a local soundsystem 'Psalms 1 Sound' in Reading, England. As some people may know Reading is a small town with a large Caribbean community and a rich reggae history. During the 1980's and 90's, Reading was full of soundsystems and artists as reggae music was at its peak in the UK. Reading's world famous community centre 'Central Youth Provision' hosted performances from all of the top soundsystems & artists of the day. Sadly Central Club lost it's entertainment license in the late 90s & was eventually closed down, but many soundmen & artists remained in and around Reading.
Inspired by the potential of talented local artists and friends, Kris Kemist began to study the art of music production, recording in a small bedroom studio. The family vibes around the studio grew from strength to strength as artists followed artists, creating a strong unit of likeminded people on a common musical mission. Thus the label Reality Shock was born out of natural progression. Reality Shock began to establish itself worldwide, working with vocalists such as Mikey Murka, Deadly Hunta, Aqua Livi, Marga, Chieftain Joseph, Solo Banton, Errol Belot, Afrikan Simba, Macka B, Speng Bond, & Jah Screechy to name but a few, helping to revive the careers of veteran artists and working with some well established names. Reality Shock's artists are no strangers to the stage, having touched every corner of the globe spreading the musical message wether on sound system or with their resident backing band 'The Upper Cut Band'.