Island R&B And Kids Bands Hawaii
Friday - August 18, 2010
As Jawaiian, reggae and island contemporary albums continue to flood the local airwaves, Oahu native Brysen G is hopeful that his R&B/hip-hop sound will create a similar type of stir.
“I know it’s a lonely genre of music here,” he says. “It’s challenging but it’s a start, and I’m hoping to turn my dreams into reality.”
The G is the first letter of his last name, Gasilos. Another G word, Grown, which releases today, is not only Brysen G’s first album, it’s also the first R&B/hiphop project released by Go Aloha Entertainment, which also produces Rebel Souljahs and Kolohe Kai.
Upon graduating from Campbell High School in 2009, Brysen was invited by Brett Ortone (co-producer of the album) to record. He hit the studio with co-producer and arranger Imua Garza in October, and by February 2010 the album was complete.
“I started getting into R&B when I was a freshman in high school,” says Brysen, “and I actually included in the album a song I wrote back then titled Girl You’re Looking Real Good.”
The album features 11 more tracks including High On Your Love, Fit Me Right, Label You My Girlfriend, Tell Me Whatcha Wanna Do, Stop Trippin’, Perfect Girl, Shawty You A Killa, Treat A Lady, I’m Through, When She Smiles and Body Language.
“I wrote most of the songs,” says Brysen. “There’s fast songs, slow songs, songs dealing with relationships and songs about how I feel with a girl.
“My influences are Trey Songz, Chris Brown and Drake. I’ve studied those guys over and over.”
Although no CD release concert is set just yet, Brysen G is already busy rehearsing his live show, and he has a music video in the works.
Also doing good in expanding music in Hawaii is Joe Fausett, owner of Kids Bands Hawaii.
The 1-year-old business, located at 1234 S. King St., is committed to providing children an avenue to grow in music within a group.
“The kids are trained in a group, and what I’ve found is being a group really encourages them to practice and helps them to get better,” says Fausett. “It’s also a lot more fun.”
Kids Bands Hawaii currently has about 40 students ages 8 to 18. In the works is a “Baby Band” for keiki younger than 8.
No experience is necessary because that’s where Fausett steps in: A percussion major from California State-Northridge, the multi-instrumentalist traveled the world performing before setting his sights on teaching.
“Besides teaching kids music, what makes this unique is I try to build their self-esteem,” he says. “I leave it up to them to choose the music they want to play. It’s all about team playing.”
The bands are grouped by ages, but Fausett says he also has a few family bands. Bands meet once a week at King Street Studio for an average hourlong session.
And although singing isn’t required, Fausett does admit that he tries to encourage all his students to sing.
For more on Kids Bands Hawaii, call 375-6925. Or check them out Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as six bands perform on the Ward Centre stage.
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