Maui’s music community is in the midst of a creative revolution — can you feel it?
Perhaps Pele’s visits are recharging us, or the lull of unknown days is subsiding. Renowned artists are delivering independent projects with zest and taking chances with their productions. An array of state-of-the-art studios and rehearsal spaces are booming. New generations are presenting sounds that meld the best of yesterday and the keenest of technology today. I’m here for it all!
Inspired artists are coming together to shape spaces for rehearsing, recording, streaming and producing a variety of events. One tenacious group is Shroom Cat Studios, a collective of multimedia artists and engineers who renovated Willie K’s former studio off Waiehu Beach Road with a mission to perpetuate the arts and master the creative flow. Imagine the mana in those walls…
Sultry singer-songwriter Silky Sister is crafting her first full-length album there, working closely with sonic wizard Cody Quintana. It’s refreshing to see such depth from a young artist — this Maui girl and old soul is one to watch.
BackLit Buddha Studios is a multipurpose artistic space in Kahului many musicians have already discovered. The Gold Room downstairs hosted a few stellar shows and has a chance to be a one-of-a-kind venue.
Vivacious tribes like Fuzz Box Productions on the West Side continue to bestow gifts upon us. They share intriguing podcasts, host keiki events, offer dance classes, present epic live showcases, and two of Maui’s most loved bands, The Lamonts and Sting Kong, record there.
Did you have a blast at ArT=Mixx? Well, don’t miss Fuzz Fest 2023 from July 28-30 up on the Maui Paintball field. This multifaceted music festival is a must- attend event!
Musician extraordinaire Louis Kanoa Kukaua remains boldly versatile and open-minded along his journey, sitting in the producer chair frequently in recent years, laying down tracks for local favorites like Jordan T, Sunny Kalama and Rabbitt.
It’s cool to see him gig with Nuff Sedd again or throw down with punk metal outfit P.I.L.A.U., yet I’m most stoked for his self-produced album, “RetroFit.” It’s an old-school, soul-funk adventure with flashback beats and modern twists. This is his first solo release since 2007 with Gomega, and fans are going to have it on loop all day.
Maui’s consummate rock star, Murray Thorne, is releasing “Deconstruction Zone,” a labor of love with thoughtful and gritty pop songs he recorded at his home studio. His singles “Sound Barrier” and “Laughing in the Face of Success” are already in rotation on local airwaves, and the full EP comes out July 14. The last time Thorne released original music was 2008’s “Tin Can Telephone.”
Kanekoa’s ‘uke hero and Maui bluesman, Vince Esquire, took his fans by surprise and released an instrumental album he produced called “Tasty Jamz.” It’s a delicious collection of ambient tracks you didn’t know you needed on your playlist. And trust me — you do!
Shoots, that’s just a sample of the goodness Maui artists are stirring up. Stay tuned! @trishdadishmaui