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This is Dane Reynolds

July 6th, 2014

THIS IS DANE REYNOLDS from Desillusion Magazine on Vimeo.

Dane Reynolds is one of the most unique characters in the surfing world. He moves to his own beat and is one of the most misunderstood individuals by the the surfing media. Director Sebastien Zanella does a great job of of letting Dane tell about himself in his own words. Everything about this piece is so enjoyable.

The Safehouse presents #BADDYGIRL

July 5th, 2014

The Safehouse presents BADDYGIRLDJ Tittahbyte’s Mixtape Release Party live in Honolulu at The Safehouse Saturday, July 5th, 2014. This is a free event for ages 21 and older only.

Tittahbyte, real name Riana Stellburg, is an up & coming event photographer-turned-DJ. Her activity in the hip-hop/nightlife entertainment industry has surely made its impact with multiple openings/closings for prominent hip-hop artists such as Childish Gambino, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, as well as the creation of a number of local events promoting the hip-hop community in Hawaii.

Tittahbyte has put out several mixes on Soundcloud but “B A D D Y G I R L” is the first live mix she will be physically distributing. Unlike her other tracks, which are more for ‘personal listening’ B A D D Y G I R L is for those nights out when you’re having a great time with your friends and you’re in that state of mind where you really feel the music.

Sounds from DJs Packo, Super CW, and Taco will kick off the event. First 50 people will receive a free CD copy of BADDYGIRL.

Come early to enjoy Happy Hour from 6:00pm until 9:00pm.

Details on the Show:

Where: The Safehouse Lounge at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd 3rd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96814
When: Saturday, July 5th, 2014
Ages: 21 and Up
Doors: 6:00 pm
Show: 9:00 pm
Price: No Cover

If you are not familiar with Tittahbyte, visit her Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/tittahbyte

The #BacardiPoolParty Independence Day Mango Edition goes Big (Island)!

July 3rd, 2014

Hapuna Prince Hotel
Friday, July 4th
62-100 Kauna‘oa Drive
Kohala Coast, HI 96743

Interview with Kawehi

July 1st, 2014

The Siren Songstress

Hi Kawehi could you describe your surroundings to me? Please be as descriptive as possible. What you can see, smell, touch, whateva?
There’s a small light coming from the only window in this live room. I’m surrounded by blue and red acoustic wall treatment. Some are circles, some are squares - but both effectively silence the rain raging outside. To my right, both Igor and Brando sleep on their respective pillows. I smell coffee (because I just woke up) and PB&J toast (because that’s what I have every morning for breakfast). I see yesterday’s Ableton session open on my laptop - a new song I’m working for my next EP, Robot Heart.

Please tell some basic info about yourself.
My name is Kawehi and I am an Independent musician to the core. I am a one-woman band. I make music thru live looping. Using beat boxing, midi keyboards, ‘ukuleles - pretty much any instrument that makes noise - I record every layer of sound that eventually adds up to a whole piece of music. I was born and raised on O’ahu/Big Island and moved to L.A. after high school to pursue music. After spending a decade in L.A. - my husband Paul bought a recording studio and I moved to Kansas where farmland is plentiful and people are scarce. I like it that way.

Ethnicity: (I might be other things, ’cause who knows in Hawai’i…we all stay mix plate!!) Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, German, English.

Where u grew up? School? Favorite color? Fav Snack?
I grew up mostly in Ai’ea - but spent a lot of summers on da Big Island in Waimea, where Pops ran an ATV touring company. It was the best summer job eva. I went to the Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Waiau until I was in 7th grade - and got into Kamehameha, where I graduated high school. My favorite color? Doodoo brown. Nah - just joking! It’s purple:). My favorite snack growing up used to be li hing mango - but I’m a sucker for potato chips.

Growing up in Hawaiian culture what drew you to alternative music?
Growing up on bands like Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau, Ho’okena, Brothers Caz - and later Na Leo Pilimehana as a teen - it gave me a great appreciation for singing. A lot of my memories growing up involve singing their songs with my Mom or Pops while cleaning house. But my parents didn’t stop there - along with Hawaiian music, I remember listening to The Beatles, Billy Joel. I think being introduced to such a wide variety of music while I was young really got me interested in music on a deeper level - more than just singing. While I like sticking to the basics and creating music with conventional instruments like the guitar - there’s something challenging and fascinating about creating music and making sounds with the help of technology. I think that’s why I’ve ventured into more of an Alternative/Electronic sound - the sky’s the limit when you’re creating that kind of music. But it’s good to have the more traditional tunes to fall back on:)

Some artists you look up too?
I really enjoy Tom Waits. He’s one of those musicians who just don’t give a fuck, you know? I think as an artist, you need a firm grasp on that - or you’ll lose your way, creatively. I’ve always been a huge Beatles fan - I don’t think I hear a single song nowadays that hasn’t stemmed from a Beatles song, structurally. I dig Radiohead, Imogen Heap, Bjork - they are incredibly creative. But I think I’ll always have a soft spot for Na Leo, because they really got me into songwriting.

What drives you to make music?
Everything. I think I always knew music would be a huge part of my life, even at an early age. Music is the way I express myself - love, laughter, pain, anger - it all comes thru my music. All of my close friends have always said that I’m the best listener - but not really the best sharer. Which is totally true - I’m a very private person when it comes to my thoughts and feelings and the people I trust them with. So I think music gives me that outlet to express what I feel. I couldn’t live without that outlet. I need it. So I think it drives me harder than I could ever imagine - that need to be creative, to make music. It drives me so hard that there’s no other option for me, no plan B.

What you would like the listener to take from your music?
Anything and everything. That’s the great thing about music - we take what we need, what we want. And there’s always something there to take, no matter what kind of music it is. As I get older, a lot of my music becomes more of a message, and less about what some guy did ten years ago. So taking the message away from it is important to me too. Oh, and joy. I love making music so much, and I hope the listener takes that away in the end too!

What you enjoy/dislike about being a one-woman band?
I love the freedom of being a one-woman band. And the control - I get to make music the way I like, and the kind I like. I always learn something new - and always try new things. It makes me grow as a musician - learning how to do the different parts, learning how to put them together. But being a one woman band also means everything lies completely on my shoulders - no band mate to come up with the bass part, no band mate to say, “dude, that part sucks - let me help you”. There is no one to banter on stage with - or to hide behind while I’m up on stage. The pressure can get pretty unbearable. It’s terrifying to do everything yourself - but I like who it’s made me. And I like creating this way.

What equipment do you use to make such awesome music?
In the MJ video, I used a boss RC-300 loop station. But I later graduated to what I have now, which is Ableton Live Suite 9, Macbook Pro, M-Audio Axiom midi keyboard, Novation Launchpad S midi controller, VoiceLive Touch 2 (for harmonies), Apogee Duet Audio Interface.

Where did you learn to beatbox?
Youtube! You can learn anything on youtube nowadays, yo. Want to learn how to fix your air conditioner? Youtube! Want to learn how to beat box? Youtube! When I lived in L.A., I used to drive 3hours in traffic, 5 days a week, to go out to Santa Monica to busk and make money for rent. I used to practice on my drives - I can’t imagine what I looked like to cars passing by!! What a dufus.

Talk about the music scene from La to Kansas?
I love L.A. - there’s so many people out there being creative. And it drives you to be creative. But it’s so big - you have to drive everywhere, and it’s hard to convince people to sit thru L.A. traffic to see your show that’ll only last for 30 minutes. There’s so many venues, so many bands/musicians - it’s hard to get a real steady fan base to show up every week. And the people - let’s just say that while I met a handful of lifelong friends in L.A., there’s a lot of bullshit you have to weed thru to get to the good ones. In Kansas - we lucked out. We live in a college town - so there are lots of young people looking for the next indie artist to follow for life. College towns also bring in lots of different sorts of people - with different sorts of tastes - which makes the music scene diverse. I think they both have their advantages/disadvantages - and I wouldn’t change the time I had/have living in both cities.

How has Kickstarter affected your music career? (Really dig the videos btw)
Kickstarter has changed my music career for life. It gave me the ability to stay independent and the means to do so. Without Kickstarter - there really wasn’t an option for me to keep making music. A lot of my backers have become lifers - donating to every project I create. Because it really is a great experience - you feel like you’re creating something together. It’s more than buying a record at the sore and listening to it in your car - it’s about the journey of creating it. I wouldn’t be here without Kickstarter and the backers who’ve backed my projects.

Why conceptual albums?
I think in this day and age, constant content is key. People are hungry for the next thing you put out - I can release a video and that same day, fans are already asking for more! So after my first successful Kickstarter project, I decided instead of putting out an album a year, I’d continue to make EP’s - so I can put out new material every 3-4 months. Most people do one Kickstarter project a year - I do around 3 or 4. So to keep people motivated in my next project, I use themes. I think it really motivates people to back your project when they get excited about the concept - and creatively, it helps keep my music ideas fresh.

I know you have got a lot of press lately can you list some?
Huffington Post, Esquire (twice), Spin, People, Elle, Ellen’s Good News Blog, Gizmodo, SourceFed, Vimeo, and Maxim - everyone’s gotten on board! It’s been an incredible ride so far and I’m incredibly grateful yo!!!!!

TCS - Robot Heart: Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana (covered by Kawehi) from Kawehi on Vimeo.

E-mail interview By: Lancifer

Check out Kawehi this Thursday July 3rd at Next Door, July 4th on the Big Island and July 5th on Maui.
For tickets click {Here}
Website: Kawehi.com
instagram: @iamkawehi
twitter: @iamkawehi


July 1st, 2014

“Kodama” French Music Producer / Remixer / Dj / Mc 20syl -Sophia / DjJem

Kawehi Hawaii Tour

June 30th, 2014

The Way You Make Me Feel (MJ Cover) - Kawehi from Kawehi on Vimeo.

Closer by NIN - Covered by Kawehi from Kawehi on Vimeo.

TCS - TOY: Creep - Radiohead (covered by Kawehi) from Kawehi on Vimeo.

Get ready Hawaii Kawehi will be performing July 3 (oahu) July 4 (Big Island) and July 5 (Maui) Tickets available click {here}


June 29th, 2014

If you haven’t yet skated/biked/strolled (insert relevant mode of transportation here) through the Kaka‘ako area of Honolulu, you may need to reassess your day-to-day routine, or come out from under your rock. Although Pow! Wow! Hawai‘i (PWHI) 2014, the international mural festival revered as one of most unique experiences in the global art world, is long gone, the walls remain… for another seven months or so. Even better, you can now own a limited-edition print of the wall before it is buffed and repainted in February of 2015… or demolished via Kamehameha Schools’ redevelopment of Kaka‘ako.

One of PWHI 2014’s most commanding murals is located at the infamous Lana Lane, adjacent to the festival’s headquarters. The first time collaboration, entitled Iron Pueo, is the work of Czechoslovakian-born Ales ‘BASK’ Hostomsky and Australian artist, David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke (coincidentally both redheads). The gingers, who had never met prior to their mural-turned-print collaboration, have differing styles artistically, yet commonalities in their construction, strong use of texture, dark imagery, and iconic comic art undertones. Another mutual thread – solo gallery shows scheduled with Inner State Gallery and 1xRun in Detroit this fall – prompted MEGGS and BASK to bunk up and bond during their time in Hawai‘i. Their unobstructed, positive outlooks on the first-time collaboration and their intent to channel the aloha spirit made for a smooth mural process from start to finish.

The Iron Pueo theme progressed organically between the two artists. BASK, the PWHI virgin, and MEGGS the PWHI veteran, sought to connect to the reputable spirituality of the Hawaiian Islands in deciding on the mural’s theme. His desire to contribute to the community lead to MEGGS’ discovery of the pueo (Hawaiian owl), a sacred creature in Hawai‘i. The pueo intrigued the artists, as it is highly respected and widely recognized as a physical manifestation of an ancestral guardian in the Native Hawaiian culture. Coupled with BASK’s vision to incorporate the iconic Iron Man image (due to its personal significance having had recently worked on Iron Man 3), the pueo’s attributes as a protector or guardian and its representation of wisdom and knowledge harmonized perfectly.

On day one of the festival, kahuna (traditional Hawaiian priests) performed wall blessing ceremonies, and BASK and MEGGS were overcome by a powerful sense of acceptance. The mural’s synergism, color, and energy exude this passion, and protrude from the two-story wall undeniably capturing the attention of onlookers. Some stare at it for hours deciphering every layer, baffled at how this immaculate work of art was created and wondering what the story is behind it.
Well, wonder no more. Read on below for the full candid conversation as the two caught up after PWHI to discuss the limited edition mural-turned-print collaboration of Iron Pueo with 1xRun and Serio Press, plus their thoughts on life in the art scene and ginger superpowers (of course). More importantly, check out the Iron Pueo print before it sells out!!

MEGGS: Hey man, good times in Hawai‘i. I’m stoked on how the mural came out and I’m really proud of the collaboration. I hope you feel the same way.

BASK: Yeah I agree, one would think we paint together regularly because of our concept and execution. I think that’s because we both took in as much of the Hawaiian energy on a deep level, which was conveyed through our work. There were no egos involved, only the inspired desires to give the best that we had and I think that permeates out of the finished piece.

M: Agreed. Even though the two of us had never met before painting Iron Pueo, I knew of your work and that you were a fellow ginger, so I had a good vibe that things would blend nicely! Have you painted many collaborative murals with artists you didn’t know previously?

B: I’ve done lots of collaborations with artists in the past, but working with you was the first time I collaborated with someone I hadn’t met before. However, I was very familiar with your work so that made it easier to adapt to the situation. Trust and respect for your counterpart is the most important tool when collaborating with someone. This is the reason that up until PWHI, I’ve only worked with artists I knew. Although I never met you in person, I had a great level of respect for your work going into this. Our styles and the end results of our work are different, but a lot of the ways we construct our work is similar. That made it easier for me to envision what Iron Pueo could potentially look like. As we started to discuss what we were going to paint at Pow Wow, you decided to feature the Pueo owl. What inspired you about this owl that made you want to feature it?

M: When we started talking about a composition that would work, we settled on the front view of a pueo face, split in half, which is a style that we share and makes for an even contribution to the wall. I’d done the same thing with Phibs the previous year and liked the idea of this consistency. After researching various aspects of Hawaiian history and culture, I was drawn to legends and images of the royal monarchs, war, and the heavy influence of _aum_kua (deified ancestors who assume the shape of various animals) in everyday life, even in present day Hawai‘i. I discovered that the pueo was the perfect way to convey my feelings about Hawai‘i both spiritually and graphically. And by the way, I think that the way the two images meshed works really well. Iron Man features strongly in some of your previous work – what’s the story behind that?

B: I’ve always loved Iron Man for a couple reasons. First, his suit and helmet are fucking awesome, plain and simple. Second, he (Tony Stark) is a guy with lots of vices but he’s trying to do well despite them. That is something I can definitely relate to. But, my love for Iron Man came to a climax in 2012, when I was hired to do work for Iron Man 3. I did all of the massive backdrops that are seen in the Mandarins Miami hideout and the one he stages his propaganda videos in front of. I also did some set design on location when they shot in Miami and made a piece that was in Tony Stark’s lab. It was a dream come true and an incredibly rewarding experience. I know you can appreciate that because you share an interest in comic books as well, as displayed in your past work… who are your favorites?

M: Yeah, although I confess I’m not a comic-book aficionado. I love the graphic style and dramatic narrative of comics, especially super-hero based stories. Three of my favorite artists are definitely the legendary Jack Kirby, Dave Gibbons & Lee Falk perhaps… I was into the Phantom first & foremost as a kid. If you could be an existing superhero, who would you be and what would be your super power?

B: Although the expected answer is Iron Man, I think given the choice I’d have to go with is a classic, Superman. He kind of has it all: super strength, can fly, the ability to shoot laser-beams out of his eyes, and sees thorough walls. He’s like a one-stop-shop for all your super-power needs. Can you imagine the level of art you could make if you had all those powers to work with?

M: What about ginger super powers? Would allying be a good thing, or are you of the opinion we should never congregate in groups?

B: The fact that we are both gingers was something I saw only as a plus. People rarely see our kind waking together, let along working together. Two gingers in one place/project is still a safe number. But if three, four, or more redheads congregated, I think people would start to get a little uneasy. Society can’t handle that much ginger in one place.

M: Agreed! It’s a good thing we were the only two on the PWHI roster this year. This was your first year at PWHI, an annual highlight for me in the last four years. What did you think of it?

B: Well, I’ve been going to Hawaii for years now but only to visit my sister and nephews. This was truly the first time I felt I “saw” the island. To be surrounded by so many artists that I respect and admire was incredible. The best thing I can say I walked away with was life long friendships with some very special and talented people. You included. I knew the event would be a big deal but I never expected to form so many bonds on a personal level as I did. You’ve been a part of PWHI since it began. How did you think it went compared to the previous ones held?

M: Yeah, this has been my fourth PWHI. There has definitely been a steady upward growth of the event since the first one in 2010, and this year proved that by the scale of the festival and the caliber of artists and media involved. It’s grown from a small group, with more localized projects, to a big-scale art event that I’d say is officially on the global art map. One of the key aspects that makes it special is the group bonding experience of having artists spend a lot of time getting to know each other on a personal level, and connecting with the community. Our young artist-assistant Miele (Mouse) and local school kids visited during the week, which is awesome and rewarding. What message/advice would you send younglings when painting/making art?

B: Miele!!!! What’s up girl!! She was awesome. I loved the energy she brought to our wall and help she provided. I think the message I’d like to send, as cliché as it may sound, is to “follow your dreams.” When people come and see us paint they are watching people whom, despite crossing repeated obstacles, never stopped working towards something they love. They love to do it and are making a living doing it. The dream has become a reality for us and I want to convey that it can for them too if they are motivated enough. Since we’re getting deep, I wanted to mention that while working together in Hawaii, I saw a lot of people, friends, and fans of yours coming up to you. Some of them were artists just starting out in the game. What is the one piece of advice you can give them about the “art-world” that you wish someone gave you when you where in their shoes?

M: That’s a hard question as it’s hard to know where to start. To be honest, the more I learn, the more challenges there are, and the less I think I know. I guess I’d say that painting/producing work comes first and foremost. Through the process of ‘just doing’ comes the process of learning and growing and opportunity. Put your art out into the world, remain humble enough to improve upon it, and accept opportunities and challenges that come your way with an open heart and mind. Speaking of new opportunities, we coincidentally have back-to-back shows with Inner State Gallery in Detroit this fall. You’ve been there and I haven’t and I’m wondering what you think about the city’s dilapidation from a street art perspective?

B: Detroit is one of my favorite cities on earth. It’s so raw and open with creative possibilities. The city has been beat up so badly over the years that it speaks to the torment that most artists have within them. I have been to cities more aesthetically beautiful, but no city that I’ve ever visited or lived in has inspired me more that Detroit has. I am willing to bet that you will have a similar reaction when you go.

M: Yeah, definitely stoked to be heading out to Detroit. I’m really interested in witnessing the contrast of a large-scale city in the midst of such urban decay. It really seems like there is now a lot of opportunity and potential for the arts to thrive where industry has failed. That contrast and duality really fascinates me. I’m also stoked to be spending more time with the 1xRun crew. Staying with you all during PWHI was a lot of fun.

M: Oh by the way, it was great to bond with another kind-souled ginger. Have you ever heard people say that gingers don’t have souls? I often consider stealing the souls of others, especially if they had made fun of us for not having one. What do you think of that?

B: It’s funny that you ask. I have a collection of souls I’ve accumulated in a shoebox under my bed from people making fun of our kind. I like to pull it out once in a while and play around with them like a cat paying with a lizard or small mouse. So for anyone reading this that has ever made fun of a ginger kid, and thinks we have no souls, guess what, it’s you who doesn’t have a soul anymore. We took it. HAHAHAHAHA. The ironic twist of fate.

The Iron Pueo print is available until Friday, July, 4 2014 at www.1xRun.com.
For more information on the artists, see www.KnownasBask.com (@knownasbask) and www.HouseofMeggs.com (@houseofmeggs).

Text: Miya Tsukazaki
Images: David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke, Ales ‘BASK’ Hostomsky, Tre Packard, Jerry Tamayo, Ninni Johansson, Mike Popso

GoPro: Benji Brand

June 27th, 2014

Skeleton Bay, Nambia — flipped for us regular footers. Don’t be goofy.

#WaiolaCruiseSessions “New Day” Kimie

June 26th, 2014

Waiola Cruise Sessions - New Day - Kimié from Waiola Life on Vimeo.

This is the first installment of Waiola coconut water’s new musical web series features Kimie Miner from Contrast #00 and is directed by our homie, Luke Aguinaldo. Enjoy this performance of “New Day,” that was recorded at the Waiola Headquarters in Honolulu.

B A D D Y G I R L | New mix by Tittahbyte

June 24th, 2014


You know when you’re at a show or in a club having a good time and you’re in another state of mind? Whenever I get tipsy I always want to hear something heavy-bass and heart-throbbing thus this mix was born. Wear stretchy pants because you will be eagle-dropping a lot. Let’s get cute. Enjoy B A D D Y G I R L.

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