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"It's not where you're from, it's where you're at" — Interview: Ted de Oliveira (FRNT BZNZZ)

Interviews

"It's not where you're from, it's where you're at" — Interview: Ted de Oliveira (FRNT BZNZZ)

We've got something special up for you. Today we dive into an enriching conversation with Ted de Oliveira, the multi-instrumentalist / producer behind the FRNT BZNZZ moniker. Oddly enough, this is probably the first interview of this kind for the blog: a radio-style discussion between myself and the artist. It felt really good to pick Ted's brain about his process, the music he's been making lately, and just talk story and get to know him better. Several years ago, Ted had the Honolulu music scene's attention not only with his improvisational acoustic guitar-slash-beatboxing performances, but with his "side project" called...

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

Interviews

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.

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Interview: ʻĀina's Howard Shapiro Leads Us to "Your Light", Spirituality, and Life In Hawaii

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Interview: ʻĀina's Howard Shapiro Leads Us to "Your Light", Spirituality, and Life In Hawaii

"There is only one world and one race upon this earth. We all are children of the light knowing within our hearts that love will bring us all together again. To all of you who are sharing with us and seeking the light, I send you all the love in my heart and spirit." This is an excerpt of Howard Shapiro's introduction to the liner notes printed on the inner sleeve of the 1980 LP, Lead Me To The Garden, by the group known as ʻĀina. "Aloha ʻĀina, love the land Aloha ʻĀina, your fellow man Aloha ʻĀina, share as...

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Interview: The Story of Aura, with Beverly Orbello and Vince Mendoza

Bands / Artists Interviews

Interview: The Story of Aura, with Beverly Orbello and Vince Mendoza

Aura has for a long time remained a mystery to me. I first heard their music on the oft-referenced "Hawaiian Breaks" mix that DJ Muro released in 2009. At that time I had no idea who the band was. Thankfully, with the help of a handful of dedicated individuals, I was able to identify the mix's complete tracklist and learn for the first time the name of this incredible band. But I still had much to learn about Aura. After identifying the mix's tracklist, I linked up with local music collector and blogger Kym Miller, who's been living in the...

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Aura: Familial Music with Familiar Connections

Interviews

Aura: Familial Music with Familiar Connections

There's no question that Aura's sole album needs to be heard once again. It's an undeniably potent blend of jazz and funk highlighted by the Mendoza family's signature sound: an unstoppable horn section with two sisters as lead vocalists.

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