KIMIE HAWAII: Live From Hawaii
Singer-songwriter Kimié (pronounced Kim-mi-Yay) Miner creates an inimitable musical style that dresses the listener in a flowing mu’umu’u at sunset on a cool Hawaiian beach easily mistaken for Paradise. Growing up on an island, surrounded by the ocean, is a formative experience that can be heard throughout her work; it gives her songs a loose, down-to-earth feel, and imbues her lyrics with natural imagery. Her parents, of Hawaiian and Portuguese decent, noticed her affinity for music at a very young age; in her words, “It is my mother, my brother, my best friend, and my first love. No matter where I am in my life, I know I can always turn to music.” Inspired by jazz and R&B-influenced individualists like india.arie, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu, Kimié taught herself guitar at age 14 and began writing songs as a form of self-expression that also tap into themes that transcend ethnicity, gender, and age.
Her songwriting matches life events with particular melodies and moods, and “the words follow.” Kimié champions the idea that anyone, from any walk of life, remain true to who they are and to approach their experiences and heritage with pride. For instance, her songs regularly evoke the Hawaiian concept of the Piko: the “naval” or “center” which represents a home base to which one can always return, whether it be a tree, a taro plant (kalo), or a beach. She notes that “As Hawaiians, we have our roots and our routes. We know who we are, and we use that to navigate and explore.”
In 2015, Kimié wrote and co-produced her first full-length album, Kimié Miner, which was the product of a prolonged stint working with various collaborators in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Hawai’i. Her most daring album to date, it ventures into a new widely accessible pop sound without completely abandoning her soulful island reggae vibe. This sound is especially apparent in the tracks “Trouble,” a video for which will be released in 2016, and “Throwback Love.” Producer Billy Van proved a major influence, encouraging Kimié in the direction she always wanted to go with her music. The album also includes collaborations with Caleb Keolanui from The Green and L.A. reggae band Detour Posse. Kimié returned to Hawai’i to synthesize her experiences into a final product that extols the virtues of coming home and starting fresh. The album’s first single, “New Day,” for example, depicts turning toward music and nature in order to move past hardship. In conversation, Kimié compared this process to replenishing the soil after a harvest so that the next crop can successfully take root. Similarly, the Hawaiian-language interlude “Kumulau” translates as “My path has run aground, returning home to my roots. My roots spreading anew become a beautiful new start. The root, the bud, the leaf. The source, the uprising, the many.”
Kimié is currently touring Hawai’i and North America in support of Kimié Miner and will continue throughout 2016. She was recently featured on Brian Mcknight's album "Better" on the song "Goodbye".
Pacific Noize Reggae:
The musical diversities of Pacific Noize come from Hip Hop to Jazz & Blues, from R&B to Death Metal, from Dream Theatre to Classic Rock, and Jawaiian flavah music. Sharing the same nationalistic roots, this group is out to send a message through a different kind of Reggae Music which they call Island Funk Riddims. Pacific Noize was founded in September of 2005. The band was created out of a passion for music and a brotherhood that lives on today. The band decided to key-in a style that would bring their music together. It was then brought forth the initial spark of reggae and island music to the mix. Together, their blend of musical backgrounds formed their unique flavor of island reggae music, in what they call Reggae Funk. After several months of steady dedicated practice, they decided to take their sound on the road. Their first gig was at a small restaurant in Anaheim, California. This was truly a pivotal moment for the band. Each member experienced the feeling to be on stage with their musical brothers and sharing their music with the world. They felt the adrenaline and excitement of playing their brand of music for a live audience. The audience loved the style and sound which made this new band fall in love with the music style even more. But the band quickly realized they had a long road ahead of them. They had a lot to learn about being a band and refining their sound.
They have come a long way from that first gig in Anaheim. They have played for hundreds of people, played some top name venues, and have opened for some very talented bands. The future of Pacific Noize is filled with endless possibilities. Each member is dedicated to becoming true artists on their respective instruments. Their musical influences continue to guide them and enhance their musical skills everyday. Professional recording sessions are the next step for the band in hopes of spreading their music to the world. The support of their family and friends and their undying love for music is what keeps them going. Pacific Noize hopes to continue playing together for as long as life allows them. They plan to play their unique brand of music for a very long time; sending the message of peace love and unity through their own kind of roots music. Look for them at a venue near you!