Never a Dull Moment

That’s the ‘Everyday’ story for members of Ten Feet - from left, Josiah Kekoa, Jon Irei, Ericson Carnate, Drez Delos Santos and Nathan Martin. ‘Everyday’ is the title of their new album, and the release party happens Saturday. Members of Ten Feet are old friends, and it shows in their music and the way they interact both on

Melissa Moniz
Friday - November 14, 2008
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(clockwise, from left) Josiah, Nathan, Drez, Jon and Ericson (center) at their recording studio

Members of Ten Feet are old friends, and it shows in their music and the way they interact both on stage and off

Talk about a friendly bunch of guys. Greeted with hugs, fun conversation and non-stop laughing, I knew that I was in for a very chaotic interview - but chaotic in a good way.

Never a dull moment with the guys of Ten Feet - Andres “Drez” Delos Santos, Nathan Martin, Ericson Carnate, Josiah Kekoa and Jon Irei. And nothing is off limits. During the course of the interview, topics such as gas (and not the one for the car), barfing and packing chicks on bikes were candidly shared.

It was refreshing to meet a group that after more than 13 years playing together can still laugh and joke as they did when they were teenagers.

Simply put, “We were friends before we started the group, and our goal for the band is to always be able to stay friends,” says Drez, the group’s guitarist, vocal-ist and songwriter.

Let’s face it, music is a business and mixing business with friends can sometimes spell D-I-S-A-ST-E-R. Not in their case - it’s 13 years and going strong. And after spending just one evening with them, it’s easy to see why: Everyone is respectful of each other, everyone understands their role, and they don’t take themselves too seriously.

As Ericson says, “I think in life in general there’s that line that you don’t pass, and no one in the band ever crossed that line. And thanks to our parents, I think everyone knows when to be the boss and when to be the worker.”

“We have never fought or argued about anything that lasted more than a few hours,” Josiah agrees, “or maybe a day because what we’ll do is sit down and figure it out.”

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So how did these five guys meet? Before they delve into their days growing up in Kalihi, the guys first explain how four years ago the group picked up its only non-original member, Jon, to replace bass player Jojo Guzman. No, it wasn’t a falling out or a nasty argument that had Guzman out of the band - it was a life decision that had him relocating to the Mainland with his family.

“We’re all still good friends with Jojo,” says Drez. “With him leaving it seemed like the right time for us to take a little break, so I also left to go to the Mainland. Then Jon came along at the right time. I remember coming back for the first rehearsal here at Polar Air and thinking that this guy’s got big shoes to fill because Jojo is a really good musician and is one of our braddahs. I remember the first song, he sounded like Jojo, but he looked cuter.”

And the jabs keep on coming. Josiah adds, “Actually Ericson came up to the band and said I found one perfect bass player and he cute. He can play bass and he cute. I told Ericson, ‘what?’”

Jumping to his defense, Ericson replies, “Maybe that was one of the reasons.”

While Jon blushes, let’s head back to Kalihi to find out how the rest of the group met.

Here goes: Ericson knew Nathan from Moanalua High School, however they grew up in Kalihi. And Drez and Ericson grew up in the same neighborhood. This is where “packing chicks” entered the conversation.

“I knew Drez since kindergarten because he used to pack chicks on his bike around the neighborhood,” says Ericson, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist. “He used to get all the chicks.”

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