This is part II of an interview that was held with My Hawaii after their show at the Echo.
Interviewer: Is tone a passion or is it something that you have stumbled upon?
Justin: It’s something that I think you work out as a group. I think we try to feed off each other a lot and try to listen really carefully. Because it’s six people and there’s a lot going on too. We try to leave little holes to let everybody do their thing.
Yohei: And a lot of times some people just don’t play anything. You know a lot of times I just don’t play guitar, I just hold it. We leave a lot of space for each other.
Dan: I think every single person in this group in their own right has been either a leader of a project, or a composer, or an arranger. And so because of that we are all very sensitive to contributing to the overall picture of the sound.
Grant: It’s a pretty similar process to when we’re working on material too. You know, it’s a lot of negotiation, a lot of like “I’m gonna do this,” and just sort of work it out that way. And try to make sure everyone has their spot.
Jens: Also, if you’ve got ears then tone is- and to take it back to your original question, then it’s something that you have to take into consideration. If you gonna be a good musician; harmony, melody, volume, time, then tone is the thing. It’s something that a lot of bands overlook. Or just kind of assume that it’s gonna take care of itself.
Miles: It’s also the nature of the music that Yohei writes, he writes music that really conjures in people a mood or feeling. And that kind of music you care about, and part of key to that music making process is tone. It’s notes and the tone. They tell the story together.
These guys are kind of always in the process of making and recording music. The two recording hubs for My Hawaii are located in Yohei and Miles home studios set up for both digital and analog recording. However, all the band members each work in several projects.
The recordings that My Hawaii sell at shows consist of a vinyl EP named Definition of Friends and a full length cassette tape named Exotic Sounds of My Hawaii. The vinyl EP is pretty much Yohei’s vision that has become expanded further through recording with the rest of the band and the cassette tape is kind of a collection through the incarnations of the band. It spans a few years and was made before the EP and includes some improvisations and band collaborations.
Pick up My Hawaii’s EP and cassette tape and see them live next time they play in LA. Bring your key chain and don’t be afraid to play along with the band.