All posts by Roger Bong

‘Aloha Got Soul’ compilation nominated for two Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards

The hope for every project on the Aloha Got Soul label is to create a lasting document of timeless music that reaches a new crop of listeners in Hawaii and the world. For a place like Hawaii, so isolated from the rest of the world, it is invaluable to create an exchange of knowledge and ideas between these islands and distant destinations.

Interview: Rob Mehl talks “House On The Rock”, “Taste And See” and Waikiki

Even though Waikiki isn't what it was like when Rob Mehl was growing up, it was the perfect backdrop to the beginnings of a new project for Aloha Got Soul, and a new friendship between two people who love music and stories.

Muro meets Aloha Got Soul, ÆOLUS goes to Brooklyn

March 2017 marks a pair of monumental events in Aloha Got Soul's seven-year history: DJ Muro comes to Hawaii, and Robert ÆOLUS Myers goes to Brooklyn to perform.

Recap: How to Shoot a Documentary Film in 3 Weeks

I suppose I didn't anticipate working from 9am to 9pm every day on this project. One of the most important things is the power of connecting with people. We created deep relationships between people who were worlds apart, but now here in Hawaii working passionately on this documentary film. I am forever changed because of this.

January 14, 2017: Presenting the first Aloha Got Soul Documentary Film

We're hosting a special event on Saturday, January 14th at the Surfjack hotel: Aloha Got Soul Documentary Film Exclusive preview screening + talk story Q&A + live music by Maryanne Ito Saturday, January 14th, 2017 7pm - 11pm The Surfjack Hotel Free entry So we've been scurrying around Honolulu, coffee-fueled, shooting interviews with all kinds of ...

ÆOLUS: An anthology from Hawaii’s new age visionary, Robert ‘Aeolus’ Myers

This double LP brings to light the music of Robert ÆOLUS Myers, featuring recordings previously available only on cassette or CD. For Aloha Got Soul, this marks a new chapter of bringing rare and relatively unknown music of Hawai‘i to the surface.

English translation of Aiko’s “Fly With Me” and “Time Machine”

With the help of a Japanese professor, Google translate, and a small working knowledge of the language, I was able to piece together a simple translation of Aiko's "Fly With Me" and "Time Machine". This is a simple way for non-Japanese speakers to understand what the songs are about.

Reflections on the Highlights of 2016

The year has come and gone quickly, but not without bringing some incredible opportunities to the table. As the end of 2016 draws closer, I'm sending this note to express my gratitude for the supporters, collaborators and believers who have helped Aloha Got Soul grow organically and steadily throughout the year.

The Simplest Guide to Making a Vinyl Record

Years ago, running a record label was merely a dream for me. Although the idea initally came to me in 2012, it wasn't until 2015 that I finally turned that dream into a reality. It took a while to figure the basics out, especially since pressing a record is a complicated process — one that likely scares away newcomers who are looking for a "how to" guide.

Hungry Ear’s Last Day at University & King

Hawaii's oldest record shop is temporarily closing its doors as it finds a new home in Honolulu.