Real Talk w/ DJ Timo

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Was getting your own show at KTUH the first step that led to Djing in Chinatown? What were the steps that followed?

Music has been my passion since a young age, I always wanted to become a DJ even when I was growing up in Taiwan with the influence of my mom, she was also a radio host at one point. I bought my first pair of turntables back in 2004, and started to play around at home. I popped into Toogruvz one day in 2007 for some records, and Mark Chittom was working there at the time, we talked music and clicked right away. I applied to KTUH in 2008, and I fell in love with the radio and really excited to be able to share music that I love with people. thirtninehotel offered me a job in 2008, and Mark Chittom and Gelareh made me their resident DJ in 2009, and gave me opportunities to learn and grow, and many other venues and promoters in Chinatown started to book me. I also got to play at the Edition Hotel when they first opened and held a residency there for 10 months; the journey with Honolulu has been pretty amazing!

Talk about all the awesome things Djing and being part of Chinatown nightlife has provided for you?

Honolulu is not like other major cities in the world, we have a tight community, I enjoy playing music, making people dance and being part of the Chinatown nightlife, it has given me many opportunities to meet great musicians, fellow DJs and other like-minded individuals.

Is the entertainment at Bevy just live DJs? What other additions can people expect at Bevy in the near future?

We have DJs on the weekends, some great talented DJs on this island, and also special guests from out of town sometimes. We’ll be starting live music this spring on a regular basis, and would love to have some interesting and original stuff for the people.

On a professional level, does the responsibilities as a business owner take some of the time and energy away from music and Djing or have you been able to remained dedicated to both?

It’s definitely been a big challenge to be a business owner, many responsibilities and tasks to take on. The years of work experiences at thirtyninehotel come in handy and I’m still learning something new everyday thru Bevy. I’m trying to balance out my time for both DJing and Bevy, I actually started to have time to get into more music now days,and learning how to play guitar and start producing tracks soon. The good thing is I get to listen to my records nowadays when I’m doing work for Bevy.

Real Talk w/ J. Holiday


KW: Update people on what you’ve been up to. When will your fans get to hear new music from you?

JH: I had to learn the hard way about the politics of the music business, disagreements with labels, switching managers and I had to take some time to really study & learn about the business. (I) had to separate friends & family from the business. Before, I was focused on just being the artist. Now I’m well aware of everything that goes on and I’m better prepared this go around. I’m a much better businessman now then before.

I’m in the studio working on my 3rd album. I have a new team in place and we are all on one accord at all times. I’m going the independent route this time. Last summer, I put out a mixtape online “M.I.A the Lost Pages” so go check it out and let me know what you think. Hit me on twitter & Instagram @kingjholiday or on my Facebook page.

KW: How would you describe the state of R and B today on the radio and in pop music?

JH: R&B has never gone away. It’s just going through transitions like everything else. Today’s music has gone away from soul that we grew up listening to but those of us that can do soul music, we bring it because that’s what we feel. The feeling comes from within and it’s not mass produced.

KW: Will we hear EDM influenced tracks on your next record?

JH: Although I’m a fan of the EDM movement, that sound or style won’t be featured on the album. I’m more of a traditional soul singer. Now if someone wants to remix a song for the clubs then by all means lets make it happen. I appreciate the DJs that take pride in their craft and push the boundaries to infuse different genres & sounds. That’s a gift, much respect to them. 

KW: Are you friends with Ryan Leslie?

JH: I see Ryan in passing and have much respect for him. I’m trying to get him on my new album, maybe we can make that happen sooner than later.

KW: Along with Ryan Leslie, the Honolulu show will also feature DJ Rhettmatic and DJ Shortkut of the Beat Junkies. What are your thoughts on the mix of r and b, turntablism and hip hop that will be on display?

JH: I think it’s a great show set up. The fans are definitely in for a treat. Ryan Leslie and his band are incredible. I do my thing, I have something special for the ladies.

KW: Final thoughts on your career, upcoming visit to Hawaii or anything else you would like to say/plug?

JH: I appreciate my fans for being patient with me and I can promise you that the new music will be worth the wait.

Beat Root Talk w/ Kavet the Catalyst #Part2


Is the crowd that comes out for Beat Root more diverse than people may think? Is one of your goals to have a well-rounded diverse crowd?

The crowd for the prelims is a mixed bag majority are those that are there to support the producer they know and the 1/4 is random.  My goal as for crowds for finals is everyone and anyone who wants to vibe out to fresh beats by producers from Hawaii. I would hope that the Hip-hop community supports the most and all the fans/family/supporters.  

Any interesting stories you would like to share about this year’s road to the finals?

Mr. Carmack, I’ve been preaching his sound is dope from the first beat he dropped in 2011 prelims, even when he lost in last years finals, I still believed that he had something, a sound, no other producer had, and sure enough, all the LA beat heads started jocking him, he played  Low End Theory, Coachella, and doing shows in Canada, Austrailia, and New Zealand!!!  Humble dude through it all.  And after qualifying this year for the Grand Championships, he is still gonna battle regardless of his super busy schedule and high demand.  Big ups Carmack. Thats the Ohana right there! 

In the organization, brainstorming stage before the first Beat Root did you ever imagine this event getting so much “traction” as far as popularity.

I always keep in perspective why I do BEATROOT, and as long as the producers love it and respect it then the people, the fans, the crowd will love it.  Cause if the producers are putting in time and work into making these audio treats i know the people will feel it as well.  The Grand Championships always draw a good crowd. And i think that its only gonna get more popular as producers start to get push more into the forefront of performances.

Shout outs? Noteworthy notes.

Shout outs to Easy Music Center and all the producers that believe in my vision for BEATROOT.  Also Producer/ DJ crew from Seattle’s Stop Bitting is coming to Beatroot, Eardr.umz, Absolute Madman, & OC Notes they will be preforming live beats and DJing.  Its gonna be a great night.