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.

Digging for vinyl gems at the Hawaii Record Fair

The 2016 Hawaii Record Fair (New Location!)

The one and only annual gathering of vinyl record dealers and enthusiasts is the Hawaii Record Fair.  And it's returning to Honolulu in greater glory on Sunday, October 9th, 2016. Founded in 2012 by the oldest record shop on Oahu—Hungry Ear Records—the fair continues to grow and evolve. This year it'll forgo its regular venue for a [...]

Mix: Heavy Mellow, exploring Hawaii’s seriously sublime musical palette

Heavy mellow: two words that can describe so much of the music that's created in Hawaii. This is what inspired us in our latest mix, the relaxed sounds of our islands that move us deeply. On June 10th, 2016, clothing company Claymore Minds invited Aloha Got Soul to spin records for the launch party of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]