So Ara Laylo is pretty badass. She has been in every favorite band I had in Honolulu, she opened for The Cure, she had the most fun party still to this date imo in Chinatown. She is highly intelligent, very unforgiving, has flawless looks and a personal style that nobody could ever duplicate even if they tried. Over the 10 years I’ve known her our friendship had the usual ebb and flow that is normal for young adults in a thriving city. From lengthy aim chats to cocktails to casual encounters to working together professionally this girl has been a huge part of my life in Hawaii for pretty much all of it.
She is kicking so much ass as the Creative Director for Flux Hawai’i Magazine – one of the very best in the city. Like me she wears a bunch of hats working as a teacher at UH and also as the Red Bull Music Academy liason here locally. Oh, and she’s a musician. FIGURE OUT how to wind up in a karaoke room with her.
I was honored to have her interview me for Flux and spent the past couple of months putting this mixtape together for the publication, being super mindful of their crew and their readers, while keeping in tune with everything I love as well. I really hope you like the mix. Here’s the interview.
olena is a long time friend but this was pretty awesome to ACTUALLY be INTERVIEWED by her… she’s like…. a TV PRO! if you don’t know her story – we met when she was Miss Hawaii circa 2004 and had tons of memorable adventures together. then she became one of Honolulu’s darlings as a very genuine and very approachable TV Anchor for KHON. super smart and talented her smile is not even from planet earth. at the height of her career she decided to leave it all and start her own company, leaving everyone with their mouths hanging open and catapulting her to the highest level of influencers for any woman in business. she is so badass.
hi. so most of you probably don’t know this story but when i met Jasper at manifest over the holidays in 2009 he was about to pull together an event in hong kong and told me i should come check it out. so i did. once i saw what he was up to i was deeply inspired by the event and told him while i was still in hong kong that if he could figure out a way to do the event in hawaii that i would help him however i could.
he got in touch after a while and sent me a pretty detailed and elaborate pdf file that was too big to forward so i had it printed in color and set a bunch of meetings around town. i met with museums, venues, potential sponsors, other non-profit artsy organizations, anyone that would listen to what i had to say. a few were open to it, and later on i was approached by my co-workers boyfriend when i was at manifest who was also an artist who said he heard about what i was putting together and might have a house that could house the artists. i went up to pupukea and sat with his mom and the printed pdf and she showed me the most beautiful house i ever saw in my life.
i also had a friend that i worked with for a cute tv show that is a huge film buff that also wanted to help so he followed us around and filmed it.
this was five years ago.
there are others i think that made a big impact on our event – especially artist/writer/attorney sonny ganaden who joined us for a year and initiated some grants and (most importantly) our education component. this is what has given me the motivation to see this event moving forward. i have always been passionate about enriching youth. tiffany tanaka also worked very hard to start our pow wow school of music, another huge step in making our event less of an ego-driven bro-down and more about giving back. i started the music department in 2013 to make the festival more well-rounded. music as you know is very important to me.
we are heading in to year five. the festival will run from feb 7th-14th. you can see all of our events on the website or through our facebook.
here we go. our golden year.
(mahalo to jamm aquino/staradvertiser for the photo. probably the only one that exists of our team.)
guys. GUYS! i have to send so much love to both Frolic and InHNL for amazing write-up/recaps from my birthday last month. i don’t even WRITE for you guys!!!! you have no idea what this means to me to see you two noticing me and what i’m up to. HUGE respect for both Tracy and Will. the article Will did (pic is linked) is so amazing and in depth. thank you so so so much for noticing.
Tracy’s was more photos of the actual event but loved her summary. IT GIRL MAGNET!!!
TY to the Pulse for always coming through my parties. Look at this motley crew! If you want to read me I’m at the Pulse and in the paper at the MetroHNL.
might as well say thank you now too to the clerk at bcbg for telling me to wear this red one. i see now that that was a good call. <3
Looking back through the year I definitely saw a lot of huge hits. The Giants won the World Series, UH won a few football games, gas prices went way down, the nightlife didn’t collapse.
We did good.
Looking back through the year it was a series of many greats that make me feel so very lucky to be able to live in such a snug yet thriving city.
Emotionally I would say this was a fantastic year for me. I took ownership of decisions I made and it changed everything. You could say I stopped trying to please everyone. I realized you can do everything for other people and that doesn’t mean anyone will ever be there for you if you need them. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s actually human nature. Humans fundamentally try to get the best they can for themselves using whatever means necessary. Still, that’s no reason to spin my wheels. I’m just more aware of my actions and who I am looking out for. There are so many people who work hard and deserve to be recognized, and there a lot of others that will take take take until you are sucked dry leaving you feeling empty. Once we can see clearly who those people are and step around them to the virtuous ones what a beautiful city this can be.
So anyway, here are the greatest standouts this year, according to me.
Best New Thing: Females Not Just as the Objects
Sure, it’s cute and eye-catching to have a ladies night with scantily clad women on the flier, but how about a ladies night where the women are also the DJs providing the entire night’s soundtrack? Doing what they do best; running sh*t. Bravo to ChittyBang, last year’s Best Party for paving the way for many others to follow suit and see how amazing it can be. Congratulations to Addiction Nightclub who started a new monthly this year featuring an all-female guest DJ lineup for their So Fancy! 2nd Thursdays. It not only brought in a whole new crowd to the club, it switched up the music programming from 100% hits and hip-hop to more house and dance music, and provided a memorable night for some of the KTUH DJs that were given an opportunity to play one of Honolulu’s hottest clubs (anyone who caught Jem’s set is probably still reeling).
It’s a baby step to widen that “mainstream” gap but also a brave one for any club to take a couple of steps outside the box.
Honorable mention goes to: Blowout Thursdays at eleven44
Promoted by Amp Industries and Angel Deihl, they built an tremendously fun ladies night complete with a beauty bar and live photo shoots, and provide a showcase for up-and-coming house DJs to play out on one of the best sound systems in Honolulu. The best part? Their crowd of regulars is two-thirds women that are fun and love to dance. I call it the city’s best un-kept semi-secret but expect this to blow up even more in 2015. Their strict music programming will keep the “mainstreamers” away and the women happy and dancing. I love it.
Best Renaissance (Wo)Man: Riana Stellberg “Tittahbyte”
Bringing out the Soulection crew, consistently putting on amazing shows all year, befriending the most elusive yet most respected electronic musician that resides in Hawaii Mr Aaron Carmack, and bringing so much more awareness to Jon Cozy’s Green Leaf Check to corner the underground music scene with a solid foundation, Riana hasn’t just pushed the boundaries of talent, she is on a whole new level. All while running About the Goods and making a huge name for herself as a multi-faceted DJ. I would ask her where she finds the time to do it all but I totally get her. There are just some people that are wired that way and it’s their calling to do as much as possible.
Thank you, Riana for all that you do for this city.
Best Up and Comer: Gnaraly (tie) Bussaband Ent
Up and coming fashionista, blogger and never compromising disco kid, Gnaraly reminds a lot of the older generation of partiers of the thirtyninehotel crew. She was there back then; snapping away and casually will make posts to remind everyone of that spirit that can never be replaced. You might have seen her spinning all vinyl at the Iron DJ, Bevy Bar, or guest slots at eleven44. You can find her photo blog to be a bit addicting as is her overly-energetic demeanor.
Watch this one in 2015.
Most Potential: EBC (tie) Buho Cantina
“EBC” is the Electronic Boat Cruise party on the Waikiki Ocean Club (formerly known as the Red Dolphin). The Waikiki Ocean Club is that amazing double-decker boat complete with a bar that can fit a few hundred people. I can’t even tell you how many promoters have sucked in their teeth after getting so excited to try to do a rager on that boat only to find out the steep price tag. You would have to sell tickets for over $60 to even break even and who is paying that kind of money for shows anyway?
Enter: Matt Baumer. He has now made two attempts to bring the EDM crowd out to sea and while they could do with another couple hundred people onboard, the parties are getting great reviews. There is so much potential with the beautiful top deck, the grimey bottom deck, and so much room to hang out. I’m hoping for more of these parties with more people in 2015.
Buho Cantina’s patio is perfection. It’s exactly the “rooftop” vibe we’ve all been waiting for, and it’s HERE. The fact that owner Hide Sakurai and Marketing Manager Justin Mizfuka went to Los Angeles and were deeply inspired by what they’re doing at the Ace Hotel only means they are planning on bringing a major wave of cool to Waikiki. The ambiance is unbeatable, now it’s just time to start getting those parties going regularly.
Most Underrated Thing: House music
I’m not talking about “EDM” which is to house music what the Kardashians are to Television.
It’s O.K. that we haven’t caught on to what the rest of the world outside America has known for decades; it’s only just starting to penetrate New York’s nightlife so it may never reach our shores enmass. Still, the fact that Hawaii has an underground scene that has been keen to this for many years and made a name for itself across the globe as THE top spot for deep house and techno 6 years strong is something that should have everyone holding their head high. This is huge, whether we know it or not.
Best Comeback: Landon Tom (tie) funk
Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s performance on SNL’s Thanksgiving episode will forever go down in history as the night my heart swelled as I realized popular music has a chance in these coming years. Bravo to both of them for bringing back such a beautiful style of music that is so authentic and soulful. Real instruments, real singing, real dancing, a real performance.
Landon Tom was one of the city’s greatest musicians circa The Jump Offs era. He has taken some years to work and go to school but when you’ve got something inside you that needs to be expressed sometimes the only thing left to do is just that. His brand new band, known for two seconds as “Only Child” now called “Human Lion” has already performed for two sold out shows opening Young the Giant at The Republik and isn’t slowing down any time soon. That is, as long as his bandmates don’t plan on moving away.
Best Worst Thing from this year I can do without
High school-ish sayings posted on social media or (even worse) T-Shirts
“You Can’t Sit with Us”
“My Friends are Better Than Yours” Really?
If you can do it better than you do it. If you have time to rant about you aren’t using your time wisely.
Destroying parties and clubs when those animal instincts take over, it left a haunting mark on a lot of us seeing one of the cities greatest female DJs get hit in the head with a bottle while she was working. Enough is enough, people. Clubs and bars need to do more 86ing. With photos. There’s Internet now can we put some of these troublemakers on blast for once and for all?
It’s a given that it will happen, but 2014 was the year that too many people in my very close, very small inner circle moved on to bigger cities to be the amazing people they are. It’s made some of my colleagues look at me to see if I’m next. The answer to that is a huge no. I moved to Hawaii after already living a hundred lifetimes, and my only goal was to make a life here. That is good enough for me. For now.
Here’s the rest. Lots of ties this year which is a good thing. There’s room for all this greatness.
Best Place to Meet Your Husband/Wife – Art After Dark (tie) JJ Dolan’s
Best Place to Meet Your Next Date (Non-Tinder) – Art & Flea
Best Place to Take Your Tinder Date – Café Maru
Best Place to Take Your Date (Non-Tinder) – Doraku Kapiolani
Best In Show – eleven44
Even though this small, stylish club was opened by nightlife veteran Aurora Group (Bar35, Du Vin) we weren’t certain about their future over there on Bethel street as they opened with wavering legs trying to find their place in the nightlife scene. After a few attempts at giving people what they thought they wanted they connected with some forward thinkers that are giving people what they need. It’s working. Congratulations guys.
I’ll disclose that I was involved with some of this but definitely not all. You guys that are working hard are my biggest heroes. If there’s things I’m missing even though I’m out all the time and online the rest of the time now is a great time to point it out. People working hard deserve to be recognized.
you know what i do when there’s too much to do and everyone is split across five events/clubs all over town? i go to sleep.
this year no can. my girl isis taylor is in town and i’m her date. i have 3 gigs on NYE then a couple of “wind up” spots but here you go i’ll round up everything WORTH going to for you to save you some running around.
Party of the Year at Kaka’ako 6pm-1am. tickets range fm $45 general to $2k for super vip table of 8.
don’t not go to this. it’s fun for the whole family and one that has a little bit of everything: food, rides, dance music, live music, local flavor, vip, ultra vip, fireworks ALL THE TIME. no bueno if there’s rain but one of my favorites to hit early in nye. i play the family area 9:30-10:30 if you’re around say hi.
M Star Studded NYE 9p-4a. free parking (!!). $30
hnl’s top nightclub year after year will do their infamous block party style party. go early or wind up here but def don’t miss the clubbie club atmosphere with the island’s top DJs and the sickest graphics it’s a very affordable $30 presale.
House of Cards at the Modern Honolulu 9pm-3am. $100 individual GA up to $115,000
pricey but bougie with the full Las Vegas experience incl tables, games, and a give-away trip to the 9th island. if you want to do it up with your friends and get as lavish as possible, do it with Grey Goose and The Modern. you can bet the crowd you’re mingling with will be top of the line and the experience priceless.
New Year’s with CabaRAE $50 for after-party only and $100 for show/party
i love these people. they are weirder than me. ok not really. but SO FUN. i had the best time playing music for them after the grand opening and they invited me back to close out their special NYE show. this is date night on steroids. come have some fun it’s one of those I DARE YOU NOT TO SMILE nights.
REVEAL at RumFire $85 pre-sale, $100 after 12/30, $50 after midnight
Thousands and thousands of partiers will be here and if it’s anything like the past few years this will be DAMN GOOD. indoor/outdoor right on the ocean brand new bars and guest djs my homey ERIC BOWLER Evil one! and ms Tina T. there is no way you wouldn’t have fun at this party. unless you’re driving. even still – this is a perfectly good commitment to make for pre-post midnight and close enough to the other spots going after midnight (buho, addiction, cabarae) that you can bounce over but why would you w/these djs. i wouldn’t!
Flash and Blaise are also doing the rooftop at Buho but haven’t seen that yet anywhere. If it’s anything like Halloween was it will be more of a catch-all thing for people in Waikiki. it was PACKED and SUPER FUN though and def had the best view.
Happy New Year you guys. I hope you have a fun safe night. <3
usually i’m all up in arms this time of year with the last minute planning for THE event of the year (according to me). i started doing it in 2009 and did my best to grow it each year, pushing the boundaries of fun, making sure everyone amazing was there. i’m not tooting my own horn here because i had a lot of help to make it happen – but MAN THOSE WERE FUN.
here’s a cute trip down memory lane, in honor of my birthday month. this year i’m going to see the nutcracker. alone. it’s been a tradition to see that ballet since i can ever remember and for many years i was lucky enough to be playing in the orchestra for it. can we just consider all of my gigs this month coming up my “birthday party” because the only gift i would ever want is to see your smiling faces dancing in the crowd. easy enough? here – check these out:
so ya. pau with all the big parties. not that i don’t love working so hard for everyone else on my special day. THAT was the greatest gift.
it’s just a new day these days and this past year i’ve been seeing very clearly how many ppl will love you when you do things for THEM, and how most vanish when you do things for YOU.
i’m not getting cynical i promise. i’m just shifting to a new me. this me is looking out for me. i still got you. but it’s time for the new gen to step it up. don’t worry we are all here to help you do it. let’s get to work.
happy holidays. i play thurs 11:30-12:30 at addiction and early fri 10p-11p on 12/19 at M. email me for list.
haaaaaay! this week’s calendar is a bit nutso. I hope you want stuff to do! tonight i’m playing beautiful music oceanfront at RumFire Waikiki from 8:30p-11:30p. I play whatever i want until the tourists ask for wobble. sometimes ppl dance most times they don’t. i’m cool with either. it’s free and parking is validated for like 4 hours so come through!
this week Thursday is my birthday edition of Chitty Bang. this is seriously THE MOST FUN female party in the city. it’s lgbt but somehow has spread in to a fun for all where ppl come to dance and have the time of their lives. this is also Roxy’s and tre’s birthday months and the lineup is ace, anit, me and tittahbyte i.e. FUAAAN!
email now to get on that guestlist: email@example.com TRUST ME YOU WILL LOVE THIS PARTY!
friday is First Friday i’m at my Fresh Cafe Downtown home playing beautiful/weird music from 8p-9p then at my Nextdoor home playing the club bangers from 11:30-12:20.
Sunday is the Grey Goose Dayclub at the Modern. totally opposite of our Bacardi Pool Party. super chill, house music, good vibes and the most beautiful models from Kaimana Beachwear. come do nothing. Do Nothing Sunday.
i am SO happy to be getting four days off you have no idea. if you’re as happy as i am we will probably both be running around like crazy people tonight.
my plan: i play nextdoor for their annual mahalosgiving in chinatown 9p-11:30p. COME EAT. it’s free. idk what the hell else you need to be doing fm 9p-10:30p besides listening to me play music and feasting for free. if you’re new in town or don’t really know anyone yet THIS IS THE PERFECT event for that. come make some friends for the holidays.
After chinatown i’m going to M for their industry party then the livewire anniversary party. tomorrow i’m feeding the homeless w/some friends then pigging out on a whole suckling pig. stay tuned to all that on my snapchat [supercw] if u want.
friday forget about it but Saturday check out nextdoor again for sure it’s the CONTRAST boys doing their thing and just trust me – their thing is the best thing in the whole city. why do you think i’ve partnered with them for every single event i possibly can?!?
NEXT WEEK is the week of gigs. back to back to back. i’ll make a new post for that but if you want to hear me play irl next week you’ll have like 2098375928375 opportunities!
omg the songs in this mix just omg omg omg. i did my best to mix them meh THS MUSIC DOE it makes me so happy. this is the stuff i’m in to right now. this is the music i’m listening to right now. this is the music i play when nobody is looking.
thanks again for having me LUSH what a party – hahahh me and Olena went early to eat at JJ Dolan’s and sat at a table next to two guys with moustaches and one of them knew who i was and was mocking me (of course) so we shared fried food and i put him on the guestlist and saw him smiling in that party for the better part of friday night. massfunk came to hear me play (!!!!) and i got to hang with the one and only daniel j who came early to hear some of this music. he heard me play ten walls then busted out his USB and gave me some of his music JUST DAMN. i got to see CHRIS KALIMA back on island after being away for five years with his new friends from LA that he’s traveled with hence adding on a few decades of newfriendship and Nina back from south america GOD I MISSED HER. jimmy taco was slamming out some beautiful reggaeton for the people crossfitters? in fresh cafe who were loving it and SOULGASM OMG SOULGASM. baby jerome james all growns up playing along with gotaro (who remembered me) (it’s been three years) (!!) and a room full of exactly what i wanted to see smiling dancing faces. oh man to have two house music events both going off down the street from each other, people going back and forth between the two ( i saw a bunch in the street on my way to/fro) was tugging at my heartstrings remembering a time not that long ago but so very long ago. my favorite part was bumping in to g spot randomly at my car and going with him and daniel j to have a drink in the fix and say hi to mikey and hanson. so many of the same faces that have been doing what they all do for so long all out on a friday. it was nice. i was going to drive home but drove to m after getting not one but two photo texts of kalima at M hahaha, becker and flash. i always want to go to m but usually go to bed but was glad i went and saw kelsey and bryan who gave me the biggest hug like the kind of hug you hug after you lost a friend (we did lose a friend). i nursed the same glass of champagne while everyone raged and just enjoyed being around everyone esp becker who is in town after being all over. becker is the guy who hired me at young’s forever ago and who believed in me even though i had no experience or education i owe him so much. almost forgot the angel from heaven moment too outside of eleven44 you know who you are thank you for thanking me pls get in touch somehow i want to be your friend that you recognize so much for so long. you are actually the reason why i was like “this mix has mistakes in it but fuck it i’m going to post it anyway” so thank you. you keep me rocking. friday was a really fun night.
i’ll leave it with this pic of rob from back in the day when he was a movie star. thanks again for having me play your party, guys. i super had fun and LOVE what you are doing.
i have to be honest with myself, and you. i hate this current evolution of hip-hop.
i don’t hate all of it, but definitely the misogynistic anthemy shit you hear in the clubs at peak hours all the time.
no wonder women can’t figure out how to respect themselves, and no wonder men think they are so freely entitled to be complete assholes. herc developed this stuff to keep people dancing, not raping each other with words.
there is a huge difference between walking in to a club with a bunch of dudes in the DJ booth shouting out “N*gga bitch” or a room full of people, mostly beautiful women, dancing and smiling.
guess what these both exist, Honolulu, and i am here now to share where the latter can be found.
i know you already know about Bevy bar. they only know great music. it ranges from soulful house to house to soul to neo-soul, disco, nu-disco, indie dance, indie rock and sometimes live music. their regulars – kevin koga, timo, ramyt and roger bong are some of the very very best in this city. check it out.
the longest running house music party is celebrating 7 years at bar35 on Friday. if you ever wanted to be in a room of classic, soulful house and the positive energy and dancing that brings this party is the landmark event for all that. it’s called SOULGASM and it’s so exactly what it is.
this weekend Friday i actually get to share in the joyous occasion of house music at LUSH which is a monthly event at eleven44 in downtown. you may have found yourself at this spot at their Party After Art on last fridays or Foundation First Fridays – both done by the same promoters. there have been so many strangers connecting with the djs and the music and staying, applauding after the lights come up. it’s truly magical. i will be spinning mostly melodic house from 9p-10p and am THRILLED to be on this lineup with some of the house music veterans (hello daniel j!??!)
saturday i’m on with the KTUH sirens JEM, Zilla and Gnaraly. Nara will play early before heading to set up her private disco event at the space. you don’t get more info on that one unless you know someone (don’t be afraid to ask). anyway our safehouse gig is free so if you’re wondering where to go stop through. if you want to scoop up some sweet gear from rvca and such then come early. i’m on there 11p-1a
i had like 5 comments come through from the same i.p address on my dj post. someone definitely is not on my team, lol. i could give a flying fck but think it’s funny when he said “radio killed music.” i was just thinking the other day when i had the radio on how awesome it’s gotten to hear disclosure and mr probz both break in to that heavy rotation on the hip hop stations. i was like, hey! there’s a future! i can see the light! i really think all these kids coming up super hardcore on edm will see the light very soon as well as the twerk and trap gives way to a deep house trend. it’s already gone tropical. either way nobody should give up on music completely. i just hate the ignorant anthems period.
these next few months and coming year the nightlife is going to go back to basics. watch.
we’re already seeing it with the local visitor slash transplant set nestling themselves deep in the safe havens (i.e. where they are welcome) of Pint & Jigger and Bevy Bar, and now even more gastropub, brew house, perfect-for-dates-or-sports types of spots. more and more people are falling out when it comes to getting bottle service every weekend for no special occasion. now it’s more for special occasions only. i see the same 5 people getting bottles when they go out, with minimal efforts made by promoters and some of the staff to try to expand their networks to newcomers. that is causing the nightlife ‘scene’ to suffer a bit. that local transplant crowd made up a HUGE chunk of that ‘thriving’ scene everyone talks about from 5 years ago. the feedback i get from them? the scene is “too cliquey.” nobody wants to go to a party they don’t feel invited to.
it’s more about quality not quantity.
we are seeing it with the local crowd too. the bars where you eat a lot, drink a lot of cheap drinks and possibly sing karaoke are currently king. the rise of the EDM is taking its toll on regular going out – the up and comers are saving their money to spend a few hundred on concert tickets and drugs, not bottles in the club.
anyway, that’s my observation from talking to everyone and going out a lot. i do see consistent top-notch nightlife execution at M – where the bottle girls run their territories like their own business. they hustle their asses off and it’s a tall order to keep such a large club rocking week in and week out. they also get that being nice to people is how you actually get more business. you would never catch any of the M girls out with bitchface. or at least it’s very very rare. kudos to them.
i also got to watch a huge spike in a very niche circuit of intelligent dance music enthusiasts via Party After Art at eleven44 which proves sometimes people do actually go out for the music.
if you like to eat and drink cheap and want to go somewhere where you feel warm and welcome there’s a NEW PARTY tonight and every thursday. my favorite DJ Jem Sophia Kennedy from KTUH’s The Treasure Chest is IRL at Kissaten‘s waterfront location. that’s the one with all the parking right by Nocturna Lounge. her music is so amazing. very bright and beautiful. the promo is cute too: Champagne & Fries. these things actually pair well together too – i researched it!
tonight is free, it starts at 9. expect great music and good vibes, cheap drinks and $2 french fries. nice way to get the weekend going with minimal effort. just smiles. i really like her.
this weekend Saturday at 10pm is more of a landmark event. award winning nightlife guru dave renzella and his team’s new club is finally opening. the official after-party for the CabaRAE show. they have given the insanely delicate task of DJing after the vip show opening in the massive and gorgeous wonder-lounge-on-steroids to YOURS TRULY. i’m not scared. (lie). what’s your favorite song? what are you doing saturday night? i hope you’re going to 12th planet actually. philip told me last night homey is playing on the safehouse side due to low ticket sales which made me sad. this is 12TH PLANET. has anyone seen him totally as*-fuck a crowd of thousands at xyz festival anywhere in the world? i guess not. he’s bananas good. you’ll see. (if you go).
if you aren’t going to 12th planet COME CHECK OUT CABARAE! 10p it’s open there is no charge, just dress up and prepare to get loungey. depending on the vibe we can also get dancey. it’s so totally up to you guys.
hope to see you out! but i SUPER hope to see you thursdays.
it’s coming up on two years ago that I agreed to let a(nother) friend take advantage of my “connections” to try to generate revenue. while it is something i will usually say yes to if it’s for a close friend or a good cause this one could have been the biggest game changer in my life period.
it’s something that taught me (finally) (in my FCKING thirties) to not care what people think.
you can say you don’t care but you always do a little. nope. not anymore. it truly doesn’t matter at a certain point and that is the point where you see the most success. you realize you are exactly where you want to be – and if someone doesn’t like the fact that you are there, it could be because they want what you have but are too lazy to get there themselves. i grew up feeling this jealousy too of course. but it’s only now that i see this from a different perspective and truly do. not. give. a. shit.
djing has changed my life. it occupied areas of my brain that were not being exercised thus causing quite a bit of much-needed stress relief and happiness. it dug deep in to areas of my past that had since been almost completely forgotten (which now that i think about it is so weird since it was such a HUGE part of my life). it challenged me physically, emotionally, socially. it still does. every single gig is its own whole new experience.
there are too many years where i spent 100% of my free time working my ass off for everyone else. making someone else famous. making someone else money. just about all of that work has left me feeling empty and unappreciated. i don’t regret it at all, but see a lot clearer now that i’m doing something for myself. something that i enjoy. nobody can take it away from me. i don’t disrespect anyone that has been smart enough to see what they can get out of me and use that for their own benefit. it’s my own fault for letting it happen. these past two years i’ve channeled that energy into something that benefits me. it’s taken away a lot of cynicism that was building up. i have a feeling it saved my life.
what i want to say now is – thank you. to everyone i have met in the past two years; to the fan base i managed to grow in this small town; to everyone who believed in me especially everyone who booked me and especially to Jami. i know it was probably more for your benefit than for mine when you offered to teach me how to play and booked me for that thursday night in december at M. thinking outside the box. do something different. it would either be a trainwreck or at least bring in some people on a non-weekend night. hell, i would have probably tried to do something like that myself if i thought of it first. bravo. i wonder if you had any idea what that would turn in to for me. for my own well being and for my career.
i had no idea how amazing it was and definitely had no plan to ever make that a reality in my own life. i learned very quickly who my true friends were – and how few i actually had. i learned how cut-throat the performance industry could be yet didn’t see anyone really working to try to change it. if they were then how would it be possible for a beginner like me to keep getting gigs?
unless perhaps maybe the music i was presenting was speaking to people. i can actually rephrase that because i know the truth: it did, even a little bit. THAT is the best feeling but one i never really shared. i was the only person there when people came up to me after gigs to ask me my name, my website. i was the only person people would text and say they can’t stop listening to the cd i gave them, or how much they loved a set. these were not people i knew already. there were a few friends but more strangers. THAT is the most epic feeling.
there’s so many times i couldn’t even give away a gig. the calls i do make when i need to book someone or give away a gig are to the handful of djs that understand the game is about being supportive. the ones that can’t wait to give you new music, that come early or stay late to hear your set, or offer guidance where they think you could use it.
my first public official dj gig was at M in december of 2013. from that gig i got booked for two more gigs. from those gigs i got a few more, until i had residencies at rumfire and nextdoor, and added to the roster at the safehouse/republik. M invited me back and addiction added me to their monthly roster and there has been some amazing special events that still to this day give me chicken skin. this might not have been something i spent the decades that my colleagues have learning and mastering, and i would never put myself in their bracket. i have three jobs and a charity to run there’s no time to teach myself how to get tricky and master turntablism.
unfortunately i had to turn down the Iron DJ invite. i am in a unique position in this town – i have the capability of booking the djs (judges) and also work for the title sponsor. it’s just too much of a conflict to participate.
but also? that’s just not my thing. and i’m not sorry. my job is to build this nightlife, make it successful, keep it thriving, and help people that are making it happen. i love music, it’s my passion, i love what it does to people, how we can connect through it, how fragile it can be to control the vibe of a room, cater to the spenders, cater to the intellects, cater to yourself, breaking tracks, knowing the hits, all that.
i love how ross tried to explain that it’s years and years of digging that truly makes a “real” dj, and when tracy told me that there’s “quite a few people out there” against me, referring to it as a “celebrity dj” phenomenon. i could only listen to about a third of what she had to say before walking away. there is no argument that makes sense to me. i give away more dj gigs than i actually can play. yes i’ve spent a decade building my network in this city which is why i’m the first call for a lot of ppl when they need someone. that’s from working hard, building trust, and most importantly producing results. it’s hard work. that’s something that i’m sure anyone who just writes me off would have no idea how to do – OR THEY WOULD BE DOING IT.
to anyone that thinks they have the right to tell another person what they should or shouldn’t be doing or what they are “allowed” to be passionate about… i guess just see how far that gets you in life.
to anyone that immediately dismisses me because i am female or to any female that thinks they have to push their sexuality to become successful just stay very far away from me. i do not vouch.
i’m making this work the way i do it and it’s what makes me happy. i have a lot to learn and i love that about it. i will support anyone and will definitely be looking out for any up and comers that are willing to work hard and stay positive. i will also be looking out for myself and my interests.
see you guys at the Iron DJ. i can’t wait to hear your sets.
wait, so how did I wind up making this life in hawaii? i can’t remember. seriously.
THIS IS MY LIFE?!?!
Thank you to ColeCo Music for making this amazing video of my amazing party. I have now watched it 4 times and am behind on my work. I hate you guys. just for that i’m posting this and making whoever is reading supercw watch it too. save the date for me – we are doing this again on memorial day 2015. let me get through POW! WOW! Hawaii first. (still looking for walls in town and on north shore if you know anyone hit me up cw at powwowhawaii.com )
it’s weird to me that anyone would round up Halloween events (or any holiday events) in Honolulu more than 2 weeks out. i mean…. it’s Honolulu. you’re going to be missing like half of them because nobody really gets their stuff locked in until, like, now.
THIS list is probably missing quite a bit too but hay these are the good ones (according to me):
Friday October 17th – GHOST SHIP!
(yes it’s a costume party on a boat)
Music by ME, Dee Wizzard, Shift and Phantom
Costume contest – but we should all go as sea animals. slutty sea animals? either way we’re all stuck with each other from 5p-9pm so wear something comfortable. Tickets and info here
Saturday October 18th – Hawaii Zombie Crawl
OH YES. this is going to be nuts. NUTS. go early to The Fix (like 5pm early) and get your zombie makeup done for you kids. There’s 12 bars participating and literally so many activities and things to do for this one that it might might just trump Hallowbaloo soon as the funnest Halloween event in Hawaii. someday.
(I dj at Nextdoor 9p-11:15p this event woooo) Tickets and info here
Friday October 24th – GIFT Foundation
This is an expensive party but this party also raises a TON of money for charity each year. high profile crowd if you’re in to that sort of thing. the costumes and decor for this event are always WAY over the top and awesome. i will be there with Bacardi USA owning the group costume category (if only in our heads). looking forward to the whole transformation of The Republik again too. Tickets and info here
Saturday October 18th – BOOBS! BOOS! BOOZE!
***POSTPONED TO FRIDAY OCT 24TH DUE TO STORM****
cute name. this is the Crazy, Sexy, Ghoul make-up event, or the closest thing to it with a lot of the same inner-circle as the Diamondhead Hui who used to do that party. Expect a lot of super-sexy costumes and the upstanding men of this city that love them. Costume contest – go as something sexy. Men go with boobs and you get in free. Otherwise it’s like $10 Tickets and info here
Saturday October 25th – Hallowbaloo
The biggest Halloween event in Hawaii period. tons of vendors stuff in the streets stages live music DJs dancing costumes huge contests and then the huge after-parties in every club and bar down there. this is the event that Chinatown can be Chinatown and everyone sees why we love it so much. do NOT miss this event. just don’t. i’m on playing music in the street (CHEEE!) and again at Nextdoor for this too i think 10p-12a so right as you drunkies all pile in to the club. SO much fun last year i hope this year is the same. Tickets and info here
Friday October 31st – Gotham City at M
M is known for murdering the block party scene over at Waterfront Plaza and Halloween is one of the most fun parties they do in that area. Bacardi is all over this one so expect amazing drinks along with M’s wifey bottle service bbs and clubbiest club of clubs scene. This is the only real Halloween party for those not wanting to hit up the craziness of Waikiki. Tickets and info here
Friday October 31st – STUDIO 54 at Addiction Nightclub
Oh WORD?!?! Disco?!?! I will believe it when I see it. Actually, i heard they are putting Gnaraly on for this so it’s pretty legit. For those of you that don’t know – if there is a disco scene in Honolulu it’s exactly what it should be – underground, thoroughly enjoyed and hosted by this amazing young thing that has made it her mission to keep the vibe alive after thirtyninehotel (r.i.p.). I’m playing too omg come dance. No info yet ugh but here’s their page
Friday October 31st – Buho Rooftop Masquerade
The “newest and most talked about rooftop” in Honolulu is going for it. It’s actually a good idea since they’re right there on the sidewalk in Waikiki. Well their elevator is anyway. I’ll be playing music with paquimania and OSNA so come up and check out their sexy Day of the Dead under the stars with all of the nutso Waikiki crazyness underneath you. Costume Contest is I think $500 Info here
Friday October 31st – Heroes and Villains at the Hyatt
This is like every promoter group that is still operational all in one spot in Waikiki for probably the biggest party in Waikiki. It’s 18+ so just know what you’re getting in to. Costume Contest here too for you serious types. $1000 cash. Tickets and info here
Happy Holidays! Seriously this is my favorite time of year.
let’s hang out – tonight is first friday i’ll be playing at Fresh Cafe Downtown in the bar from 8p-9p then later at NextDoor between tits and ribs from 11:30p-12:30a. email me now if you want to be on the ND guestlist.
SUNDAY is the day i really wanted to talk to you about – PLEASE TRY CHECK OUT THIS ROOF! you know what’s happening with night (and day) life in honolulu? it’s not the same as it was. i don’t know why. i have some ideas but i want to keep pushing through and create things that are fun and different. these kinds of things are a lot of work and a lot of time and investment. all we need is for you to show up and enjoy =) i know you can!
i have all my favorite DJs playing sets including a legendary b2b with Jimmy Lee vs Loic Tambay. Ramyt is pumped too he has all kinds of killer house music – you might remember him from killing morimoto’s brunches back in the day, or any of his amazing foundation parties. THESE GUYS ARE SO LEGIT. Zilla and Mr Nick will keep it latin for the beginning in case some of the Buho cinco de buho latin dancing regulars show up – but once the sun goes down we are so kicking this up. then we have addiction residents compose and anit coming in to close it down. think honolulu meets the do-over meets GOOD house music ends with old school and whatever people want to hear. i’ll call it… the BUH-O-VER.
in my head, this is what i see:
come help me make my vision a reality. it’s FREE.
last weekend was so fun at bevy’s one year. so stoked they had me – i got to play all my favorite music. if you love this bar as much as i do then i love you.
can you please tell me, honolulu… how do you girls get your butts so cute and round? i’m on a fitness tip right now but the more i work out the more ass i lose. HELLLLLLLLPPPP MMMEEEEE.
thanks to mark at rndr for pumping these cuties out. THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN OMG. i really hope you guys are planning to hang with us on sunday october 5th at the grey goose dayclub. more importantly, the ROOFTOP party we are doing at Buho in waikiki. that spot is SICK! i have jimmy lee, ramyt, zilla, mr nick and mfckin COMPOSE all spinning for you. they are discounting their food and drinks. the parking is a flat $5 in that garage. WHY WOULDN’T YOU COME?! if you don’t come i’m over it. no more parties. i’m going back to being a consumer. get a job as a janitor. move to ohio. something….
thanks again to bacardi for letting us get all buck wild, davy and dan and all their staff, ivi vision, san lorenzo, contrast, rox, zilla, jem, beefowl and anit for playing w/us. and lol ColeCo Music sorry this track so does not go with your vibe whatsoever. i am still loving your latest remix to pieces! all of your music actually! thank you for hanging with us let’s be friends for life. TROP IS A THING!
HAY WAIT! what doing this weekend? i’ll be on the n shore friday but saturday if you’re free come by BEVY! the best bar evar where i’ll be playing EXACTLY what i want to play from 7p-8:30p… COME!
the funny (sad) thing about our sarah honda moving to new york is… we all sort of knew this day was coming. at least her close circle did. especially once molly decided to move back. from that point it was like a softly ticking time bomb. i remember like it was fcking five minutes ago when molly told me she was leaving. we were having drinks and she was like “oh, hey, by the way. i’m moving to new york. i already have a job i leave in two weeks.” i didn’t even really get a chance to process it but remember feeling much more happy for her than sad for me. people like molly and sarah need to be in new york. they are amazing females and in the prime of their lives. they are freakishly intelligent. they have great, effortless style. they know how to trend spot. new york needs THEM.
this city is golden to me because i didn’t grow up here. i only just moved here after living EVERYWHERE for 11 years. honolulu is where i want to nest. i want to grow old and die here.
these girls? they got shit to do.
sarah has done so much for me. she has introduced me to some of the most talented hip hop producers in the world, she was instrumental in running our Pow Wow Hawaii School of Music, she KILLED the VIP line for every single Bacardi Pool Party since day 1… and she always made sure to keep me included whenever there was stuff i might be missing (which is pretty often).
the best thing about sarah is as smart and amazing as she is, she never talks down to anyone. everyone is on her level. this is what makes her so special and what a lot of people could learn from her. at the end of the day nobody is better than any other person, they all have something special about them and eveyrone deserves to be respected.
ugh, i’m going to miss you so much. complex media please take good care of our sarah, it’s been great getting to know you guys through pow wow and hopefully now that you have our biggest pow wow music ally we can do even more cool stuff.
if sarah’s at the helm it can’t be anything but!
ps: if any of you want to say a farewell she will be at Kakaako Agora this weekend Saturday from 9pm.
How was the Hawaii Five-0 premiere? Pretty damn amazing, honestly. I have been lucky enough to be involved with these Sunset on the Beach red carpet events since they started in some form or another, and this was the first year that I was just an invited guest. I felt lucky to be there at all. I wish you could have come with me. Here though – I went and saved as many of my videos from snapchat that I could and stitched them together for you just in case you don’t snapchat (?!?!) so you can relive it with me. It’s barely a minute long but you’ll get the full jist of it :)
As for Showdown in Chinatown… I made it. Barely! After making that grand entrance/exit to the premiere I lost my girls after lurking the red carpet interviews and couldn’t find them again. “We have a seat for you” my friend Sanoe texted me as I was viciously snapchatting as much of the spectacle as possible. I wound up sitting in the sand since they were too far in the middle and I didn’t want to be caught squishing through both before and during the show. It was a nice view of the opening though and gave me a very easy out to run back to my car and run to Chinatown in time for the film competition. I raced to the street to find a cab then grabbed my car and bolted to Kakaako with probably about 3 minutes to spare.
It was so worth it.
I was so incredibly impressed with not only the films but the original music the filmmakers were given to choose from. The winning film was a fantastic work of art from Director Rose Wolf, who performed alongside her muse, dancer Nathaniel Whitaker.
Judging the Music Video Challenge with the Film Instructor at UH and the fashionister Caleb Shinobi. p/c TLove
Huge shout-outs to her team of visionaries Aisis Chen | Cinematographer, Editor Spencer Agoston | Set Production Dan Baram | Still Photography, Production Assistance Danielle Halford | Production Assistance Tim Orden | Still Photography, Production Assistance, Title Design. Everything from the concept to the photography, performance, even the graphic design was so on point. This is why I love this event. I left feeling very happy to have made it. Then I went home to change to go back out and fell asleep. Sorry Maria =(
“Relationships can sometimes be very black and white. One person has their own way of living life in a bright white world, another person in their dark black world. But sometimes two people find each other and blend their world their worlds together. Then more compassion, emotion and color fill our hearts and our world. ” – Rose Wolfe
i can’t believe i’m missing bush in waikiki tonight. you have no idea how much i love(d) that band. i had a long commute from my farm house to the maritime faculity where i worked in this surfer town in england about four hours west of london and it was nothing but winding roads and zero stoplights. best place to drive ever. and driving to sixteen stone was better than coffee. gotta machine HEAD!
it’s ok though. it’s rare for an opportunity to view/judge film submissions for the showdown in chinatown MUSIC VIDEO challenge this month. that’s huge. all these long commutes i seem to always have give me a lot of time to think and make up some amazing music videos in my head. i have a brilliant one for jem’s they that i might try to produce one day, and i still swear to this day that the get free video i had in my head is almost exactly what the real video turned out to be. so i am totally with you artists and can’t wait to see what you were able to produce.
anyway. saturday night is AWN. i’m still going to the five-0 premiere. dah! the homeys are back! it will be nice to say hello before the showdown then go over to seeawkwafina say happy birthday to jus bone at nextdoor. that is one hard working inspirational dude.
thank you so much tracy for hanging out with me last night and kat you killed it too (and thank you maria for wearing that dress). i’m lurking your pics! i had Taco make me another 50 cds and a SNNYDZE2 so email me your address if you want to make your drive time more bearable. it’s the least i can do.
last night was like a dream. a room full of gorgeous people and gorgeous music and the most beautiful human on planet earth REID with his beautiful oceanface friends that had me asking myself is this really the hand i was delt. really. THESE are the people hanging out with me right now for my daytime tropical vibes cd party in an over-the-top aloha friday theme?
i must have done something very good in a past life.
(hay zilla? stop being so pretty it’s distracting. also i loved tagging with you at addiction)
what doing tonight? me? going to sleep early for work in the morning (ZZzzzzz)… AFTER I play at Addiction with Zilla and Anit I mean! Thursdays most of you know is the best night there – not as packed but still lots of dancing. Come hang. Or I’ll see you this weekend? Tomorrow? Do you remember what’s tomorrow? Please say you’re coming TOMORROW?!?! (hint: I play Bally 7p-8p then it’s my CD party at Safehouse 9p-close both are free you have no excuse).
i don’t like to say it but come on, i definitely told you to watch out for beefowl. he takes turnt to another dimension, and this is the second bacardi pool party where the rain came right when we were trying to get all of you guys out of there. that party? IS STRAIGHT FROM GOD PEOPLE.
this friday i really hope you can come by The Republik to pick up one of my CDs. i made them for you. i have some of my favorite Honolulu DJs playing too it’s basically a free dance party. come? please? PLEASE?
pics and video from the bacardi pool party soon, also damn we couldn’t have asked for a better grey goose summer club finale as well. stay tuned on that one because i think we are just going to do that party monthly year round (weather permitting). i just need to think of a new name =)
whew. monday was a doozy. thank you everyone for coming! that was by far the most epic Bacardi Pool Party yet. tons of photos and a video are on the way, but for now plan to hang out with us for the Grey Goose Summer Club this Sunday at The Modern Honolulu. or, the pool event i like to refer to as “Do Nothing Sunday.” expect the opposite of monday’s party with chill daytime house music, Kaimana beachwear, frozen Grey Goose lemonades and Moscow Mules, and not much else. my favorite day in the sun =)
hey i hear you guys like that calvin harris summer cover we used for the grey goose summer club video. i’m going to put it on my SUNNYDAZE cd that’s coming out soon. (ps COME TO THE PARTY get a cd!)
meanwhile, BYE SUMMER. NICE KNOWING YOU. YOU WERE WAY TOO HOT ANYWAY. we are soooo ready for this next Bacardi Pool Party. we’re using the same location as this year’s memorial day party (omg memorial day) so remember don’t drive.
we have not one but TWO special musical guests, one for sunny day house music and one for turnt up rage your face off music. the best of all dat. as you know we like to keep the music programming fresh. check out coleco our headliner – they will def get you through your days. then beefowl most of you know or have seen spin. if not just trust me, he is fcking amazing. we also got some of the KTUH sirens jem and zilla on deck to get the patio glistening and of course our Rox on the mic hosting.
this is going to be a really fun party.
VIP is sold out – you can email for the waiting list just in case. firstname.lastname@example.org
there ARE some very rare occasions a cabana is a no show. actually, hardly ever. actually, i can’t think of one time. but go ahead and send your details just in case. othersise it’s $20 come early, bring floatie toys, BRING GIRLS, be fun, be happy. we don’t even let in ppl with a bad attitude so expect to have SOMUCHFUN on Labor Day with us!!!!!
hot DAMN! i don’t think i’ve ever done an event where i said more prayers in my life. i didn’t even know who i was praying to – i just kept doing it. the weather was set to thunderstorm the whole month and even the weekend leading up to our event we were humping truckloads of equipment to the 6th floor in rain and black skies. waking up on monday morning to blue sky is a feeling i will never forget as long as i live. i am so eternally grateful that everything we pulled together for this event went off. we were SO blessed you guys. and what a great day. thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. my young’s co-workers, davy and his awesome team at above ultra lounge, dan from kings pub, roberts hawaii, lili at bacardi, travis at red bull, colonel, the guys from contrast magazine, sunbum, ivi, san lorenzo bikinis, and of course my partner compose. WHAT A DAY!
haiiiii it’s been too long. so long that i can scroll down on one page on this site and see the lastfew parties we did. oh man. this party has got to be one of my very favorites ever. so many fun people, so much good music, so little clothing. I LOVE YOU HONOLULU!
yo, if you post our teaser video anywhere online we are going to pick some people to score 4 VIP passes to the event (GA is $20). make sure you hashtag #BacardiPoolParty so we can find out. we love you!
mahalo to Contrast, IVI Vision, SunBum, UBER and of course BACARDI. the new location is BANANAS! right under the wyland building in Waikiki on Niu st.
the mix can’t be hosted on soundcloud so here is a mixtream you can stream or click here for a zippyshare download. mahalo to dj soundcheck for mixing everything. the best music according to me this year:
12/21/2012 at The Republik from 6pm-midnight. Please stop by and hang – the only thing I can gurantee is the typical sensory overload you would expect from a party I put my name on. You can get your tickets any time this week at The Safehouse or at the door. The $20 is my last effort to raise money for our Pow Wow February 6-16th right here in Hawaii. Come early, you’re really going to want one of these Bestof2012 CDs I put together with DJ Soundcheck of every song that made me smile or laugh or dance or cry this year. Hope to see you so we can celebrate together. Mahalo to Mikey at Banzai Media for taking a break from killing it to make me this teaser, it kicks so much ass.