Welcome to Surfdog, where we live and breathe our passion for music, in our tropical bungalows by the beach! Our company was established in 1985, when it all started with Dave Kaplan opening the doors to the company's first division: Dave Kaplan Management. Soon thereafter came Surfdog Records, a wholly-owned independent record label, along with Surfdog Music Publishing & Licensing, Surfdog Entertainment Marketing and Surfdog’s Java Hut, all located in the slice of heaven called Encinitas, CA.
Our company’s deep love for music spans rock, rockabilly, big band swing, soul, reggae, punk, folk, comedy and, in the early years, even a release of crazy-cosmic-galactic-rock n' roll by Harry Perry (the roller-skating/turbaned Venice Beach icon!). We are driven by real musicians/artists with passion and soul, regardless of musical style; it just needs to hit you in the heart, gut, head, or all three. But don’t let our casual, unassuming nature fool you. We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence for our artists and clients. And we release music we love and want to share with the world.