Hawaii’s Newest Pop-Reggae Artist: Our Interview with Hirie

Hirie is one of Hawaii’s brightest breakout stars of 2013. Her debut album is available now on iTunes!

In the last year or so, Hawaiian artists have emerged onto the reggae scene in full force.  Musicians such as The Green, J Boog and Anuhea have attracted attention from the reggae community across the world and have even lead to collaborations with prominent Jamaican artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan.

Hawaii’s newest artist, Hirie, is certainly no different.  Although she was born in the Phillipines and raised in Italy, Hirie spent most of her of life in Oahu, Hawaii.  On her brand new debut album (VP Records Associated Label Group – VPAL), she mixes her silky, smooth voice with roots, reggae and pop to create her own unique style.  Unlike many solo reggae artists, Hirie records with a live band as opposed to using pre-recorded mixtape “riddims”.  This organic feel and sound truly sets Hirie apart from most singers in her genre.  Recently, we got a chance to speak with Hirie about her album, reggae’s popularity in Hawaii and much more!

On set for her new music video “Sensi Boy”

Congrats on your debut album!  What is your favorite song on your album and why?

Thank you!  It’s hard to say!  At the moment, my favorite song is “Lost and Found”.  I really enjoy the vibes and the way it makes me feel when I listen to it.

How did your musical career begin?  When did you discover you could sing?

I sang at a very young age, maybe three or four.  My parents always said they knew I could sing because I would passionately belt out a Whitney Houston song; I began singing at home, in my basement, along with my Barbie karaoke machine (laughs)!

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“Big Tings a Gwaan”: Our Interview with Legendary Reggae Band Inner Circle

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The Legendary Inner Circle

*All photos courtesy of and provided by Inner Circle

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Inner Circle’s 20 year plus music legacy, let us fill you in.  Although they are best known for their hit song “Bad Boys” (which became the iconic theme song for Fox’s TV show Cops), Inner Circle are much more than a television band.

Since the mid-70s, Inner Circle’s blend of reggae, rock and pop have solidified them as one of the first Jamaican reggae bands to crossover to the mainstream American music scene and have shared the stage with pop/rock music icons such as Elton John, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and more.  Additionally, this Grammy award-winning band has toured internationally, garnered a global fan base and has sold millions of records worldwide (some of their most notable albums include Bad Boys, Reggae Dancer and Big Tings).

Today, as one of the most esteemed bands in the industry, Inner Circle continues to create music on a daily basis at their own Circle Village recording studio and have collaborated with Damian & Stephen Marley, members of Morgan Heritage , Slightly Stoopid and many others.  We caught up with Inner Circle to chat about reggae’s popularity, their new Reggae Wave project, Circle Village Studios and much more.

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VP Records Releases Reggae Gold 2013

VP Records' Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online!

*Photos: Various sources including VP Records

It’s that time of year again!  That’s right, summer’s here and you know what that means … the release of VP Records’ annual compilation album Reggae Gold!  This year’s long-anticipated edition features top hits from today’s most popular reggae and dancehall artists including Gyptian, Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Major Lazer, Konshens, Shaggy & Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley, KES The Band, Etana and many more!  The double-disc set also features classic songs from Desmond Dekker, Yellowman and Beenie Man (just to name a few).   Reggae Gold 2013 is now available both in stores and online.

Watch some of the music videos from the album!  What do you think of Reggae Gold 2013?  Comment below!

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Healing Boston with Reggae’s Remedy: Our Interview with Mighty Mystic

Mighty Mystic Live ColorBoston based singer/songwriter, Mighty Mystic, has become a leading trail blazer in the East Coast Reggae Movement.  He and his live band combine elements of rock and hip-hop into their distinct “Hard Roots” style.  His hits “Need Your Love”, “Lamb or Lion”, “Original Love” and most recently – “Concrete World” are all  featured on the prestigious VP Records’ You Tube Channel.  Additionally, Mighty has shared the stage with reggae heavy-hitters such as Damian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy and Beenie Man (just to name a few).  We got a chance to sit down with Mighty to talk about music, life and reggae’s healing powers.

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Our Interview with Mario Evon: Reggae-Soul Fusion at its Best!

Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni

Mario Evon is Berklee College of Music alumni

Stevie Face,  AlaineCezar and Benjy Myaz  are just some of the artists Mario Evon has sung backup vocals for during his singing career.  Now, he’s emerged as a solo artist and has performed extensively in both the Caribbean and United States.

As a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Mario Evon’s reggae-soul fusion is nothing short of amazing.  His unique sound earned multiple performances at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (2009, 2010 & 2013), opening for Marion Hall, Jon Secada, Hall & Oates and Gladys Knight.  His hit singles, “You Used 2 Love Me” and “Love In Di Mawnin”, continue to serenade audiences everywhere.  Recently, we got a chance to chat with Mario about his music, the Jazz and Blues Festival and more.

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J Boog’s Rise to the Top

J Boog Solo Stage

J Boog has gained popularity across the world

When you collaborate with famous artists like Tarrus Riley and Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage), you know you’ve reached reggae super-stardom.  If you haven’t heard of J Boog yet, then you’ve been missing out.  He blends both Hawaiian and Jamaican reggae to create his own tropical style. Not only has Boog gained respect amongst the reggae elite, but he has also gained popularity all over North America, the Caribbean and Oceania.

J Boog was born in Long Beach, California, but grew up in the rough neighborhood of Compton, CA.  His loving family kept him in line and off the streets by instilling a strong awareness of Samoan culture and tradition.   He was soon to discover music at an early age and it would change his life forever.

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