Ka Noho `Ana. The way. As in the "Way of Life". These are songs that are personal to me, and songs, that I believe convey meaningful sentiments.
If you like the album, like it, share it, buy it, and KNOW THAT THERE IS MORE. All proceeds from this album will be used to hit the studio and do it again.
I just want to say mahalo a nui loa to all those who made this project possible.
Big ups and massive respect to Suauu "AJ" Auelua, the One Ton Riddim Section. Not only did AJ play a ton of instruments, but he was really the one who got me to kick off the project. From day one, he was completely dedicated to making the project go and sound right. I took him the bones of these songs, and he was essential in fleshing them out.
Big thanks also to the one and only Eric "Rock Solid" Eschelbach. There is no other engineer, that I would've liked to work with on this project. Eric is the quickest guy I've ever seen on the Pro Tools, has an incredible ear, and has knack for knowing just how how to get the sound and vibe we wanted. Was sad to see the studio go, but grateful that we were able to get this project done and out the door!
Big ups also to Jan Willem Van Der Beek for lending his ear to some of the early tracks and helping to tighten up some of those bass lines. I'll be looking forward to collaborating on a song here soon!
Mahalo to Kisi Fonua for letting us record horns at Boombox Studio's. That was a good session. I can't remember who's cousin's came through that day, but that was some good fun. In general, I want to mahalo everybody who came through, and vibed with us in the studio. It was great to see you dancing, nodding your heads, giving some good feedback, and in general kicking it with us.
Respect and great thanks to Uncle Dave for lending his ear, and providing some of the best feedback I got on the project.
Fa'afetai tele lava to our wives, and significant others for letting us spend the time to do this. Without you, this wouldn't have happened.
Mahalo nui loa to all the incredible musicians. Mahalo for throwing in with us, and lending your skills to the project. Laying down guitar, harmony vocals, and horns were some of the funnest sessions we had. You brought expertise, soul, and in some cases, food. haha mahalo, mahalo, mahalo nui loa ia kakou!
released August 2, 2016
Saxophone - Dan Nelson
Harmony Vocals - Jacob Kongaika
Trumpet - Josh Francis
Lead Guitar on Ko'u Mana'o - Kenji Aihara
Vocals & Guitar - Kimo Watanabe
Harmony Vocals - Olaea Iosua
Lead Guitar - Page McGinnis
Ipu Heke - Pomaika'i Gaui
Harmony Vocals - Reed Kahilina'i Hew-Len
Drums, Bass, Organ, Piano, Rhythm Guitar - Suauu Auelua
Harmony Vocals - Taima Iosua
Produced by - Suauu "AJ" Auelua, Eric Eschelbach, & Kimo Watanabe
All songs recorded, mixed, and mastered by Eric "Rock Solid" Eschelbach at Rock Solid Studio's, Salt Lake City, Utah
Artwork - Shaun Thomas
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