Womad Q&A: Makana

Hawaiian folk-rocker Makana answers a few quick questions ahead of his performances at WOMAD.

What was the first piece of music which really affected you?

Nen by guitarist Stevan Pasero

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

My home is a Hawaiian antique museum! I archive out-of-print historical books, LPs, and vintage ethnic instruments. I also have a steamer trunk from 1919 that has stickers from having travelled to ship ports around the globe, and on it my vintage tube sound system. I'm building an analog recording studio in my home too - I adore the old sound. Then there's the antique (working!) hand-crank '78 player, my Victrola! That thing sounds amazing - it takes you into a time warp when it plays. My favourite piece, though, is an original framed Hawai'i Calls studio script. Hawai'i Calls was a radio program that ran from 1935 through 1975, featuring live Hawaiian music conducted by Harry Owens, the composer of Sweet Leilani.

Do you have any upcoming releases before WOMAD?

My newest album Ripe was just released worldwide online. It was 100 per cent fan-funded via Kickstarter, and produced by legendary engineer and multi-platinum producer Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Heart) and Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Crowded House).

Have you got any exciting plans for 2014?

I'm going to be working with a 60 member symphony orchestra and 100+ member choir toward a 45 minute all-original, new music performance in April in Hawai'i. Plus I'm hoping to release a new traditional/contemporary Hawaiian music collection to be recorded on tape, and scoring a feature film this coming summer.

- NZ Herald

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