Everyone we've come across predicted Danger to be the new summer anthem. The track has a fun, infectious beat, catchy lyrics and island-pop melody that fans love.
Besides the song releasing, there's also a lyric video! A few weeks ago, MYX Global was on location for a secret project. DJ Flict and Common Kings had a blast shooting the video and honed in their meta acting skills. Check out the lyric video above and the MYX Global Premiere happening on Twitch & kumu this weekend 5/14-5/16 and a "Danger" raid train hosted by Nico Blitz 5/24 + 5/25.
Also on 5/16, Beleaf Better Burgers is celebrating the release of the single with us with a special plate! The Chicken Katsu Plate will only be available at their Stanton, CA location. Plus it's Island Reggae Night, perfect to match the vibe of the song. They're serving up a special Danger sauce with the dish that definitely brings the heat! Fair warning, it's dangerously spicy.
DJ Flict and Common Kings stopped by and chatted with VJ Ai for a MYXclusive that'll leave you wanting to be part of the crew.
From the interview, we learned Inigo traveled to California last winter and during that time he got in the studio to record Danger. DJ Flict showed us the exact spot in his studio where all the brainstorming and producing happened. DJ Flict worked with songwriter Zak Waters for the track. The song started Common Kings' melody then turned it into a whistle intro. Check it all out here!
ABOUT INIGO PASCUAL:
Inigo Pascual is a young, international pop superstar from the Philippines with over 4M+ social media followers. His 2016 release “Dahil Sa’yo,” a song he penned himself, topped Billboard PH charts at #1 for 3 months and remains as the most dominant OPM (original pilipino music) release in history. A tireless worker in constant demand from his millions of fans, Inigo turned his attention toward the international market in 2019, collaborating with Australian-Chinese vlogger and musician, Wengie, Singaporean rapper Akasha, GRAMMY nominated reggae artist J Boog as well as UK/US popular boybands, New Rules and PRETTYMUCH. He worked with GRAMMY award winning producers from Manila to Los Angeles, CA on a solo album, giving birth to his lead single, “Options” and island pop hit “Catching Feelings.” Inigo became a familiar name in media and international radio while doing promo rounds in Los Angeles, New York, and even taking the stage during halftime at an NBA game. Radio airplay was followed by appearances in San Francisco, London, Toronto, Tokyo, and Sydney on popular stations like IHeartRadio in the US, SBS Pop Radio in Australia and BBC Radio in the UK. The “Catching Feelings” (Bimwala Remix) charted on Top 5 new songs on stations like Island 98.5 and HI93 in Hawaii. He has recently been part of 88Rising's exclusive online festival, "Asia Rising Forever" and performed "Catching Feelings" on Jo Koy's Netflix special, "In His Elements", with the track racing to the top of Shazam Charts in various cities globally.
After album singles “Should Be Me,” and “Lost” dropped in 2020, Inigo joined a band of international artists assembled by Tarsier Records for “RISE” - a cross-cultural unity track featuring Eric Bellinger (USA), Sam Concepcion (PH), Moophs (PH), Zee Avi (Malaysia), and Vince Nantes (USA), putting him in front of a new category of listeners and proving that no pandemic can stop his international track. To close off his 2020 streak, Inigo releases “Always” - a dancehall-pop tune that sprouted with “RISE” co-collaborators, Vince Nantes, Sam Concepcion and Moophs. He plans to release his “Options” album in 2021.
ABOUT COMMON KINGS:
The GRAMMY nominated Common Kings have toured and worked with some of the world’s biggest pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trailor. They have also toured countries like Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States on their own sold out tours. Currently they have over 914,000 monthly Spotify listeners with over 85M YouTube plays, making them one of the most popular island reggae groups of all time. Their unique style and music is a collection of inspirations orchestrated into an array of head rocking beats, feel good vibes, and emotional fever. Their crazy, fun-loving attitude compliments Common Kings’ live sound, producing phenomenal hits with rock, reggae, and island influences. These influences originate from each band members love for various genres, and widespread knowledge of music.
The majority of Common Kings were born in the South Pacific, and raised in Orange County, California. Growing up with households full of colorful personality and vibrant passions for music, Common Kings’ members naturally grew up forming individual musical paths. This musical journey involved mimicking and listening to artists such as Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Geourge Benson, Jim Croce, Michael Jackson, The Who, Led Zepplin, Gypsy Kings, Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Marley and more. The culmination of these musicians explains exactly who the Common Kings are.
Where everything comes to a point is through lead singer Sasualei “Jr King” Maliga. Jr King is perhaps one of the most powerfully impressive vocalists amongst today’s leading artists. Born with this untrained raw-talent, Jr King’s singing ability seems boundless, as he amazes listeners with a wide range of belting notes and soulful passion. His humble demeanor off-stage needs no introduction as to when the band is rocking out on-stage creating a young, wild, and free atmosphere.
ABOUT DJ FLICT:
Chris “Flict” Aparri is an LA-based Grammy nominated, platinum record producer, songwriter, artist DJ & musical director. A lover of all music genres, Flict’s versatility has allowed him to work with everyone from Meghan Trainor and Wiz Khalifa to Sublime with Rome and Fifth Harmony. It is his youthful “Hit” sound and humble nature that attracts various artists, songwriters, and record labels around the world.
Born in Sta. Mesa, Manila, Flict began playing music at the age of 5. Learning any instrument he could get his hands on, he became a true and lifelong student to music. In college, he was a music performance brass major and eventually earned a degree in Recording Arts and Production. His professional career began as a DJ where he developed his distinctive style and love for hip hop that remains a major influence in his sound today.
Flict’s “big break” came when he was asked to be the musical director and producer for the legendary Lauryn Hill. He considers that his first musical boot camp, giving him the confidence to tackle any project thrown his way.
A good friend and longtime collaborator of Flict’s is Grammy award winning artist, Meghan Trainor. They have written and produced numerous records together that have been placed with several artists including Fifth Harmony and Common Kings. Flict has had numerous records reach #1 on iTunes overall charts. He produced 3 records on Fifth Harmony’s “Reflection” Album which was #1 on iTunes in 25 countries and went platinum. As well as have peaked at #5 on the Top 200 Billboard overall charts. He is Grammy Nominated for his work on the album: Lost In Paradise by the Common Kings. He landed the Global Campaign song for Weight Watchers alongside Oprah, Diane Warren, and Ally Brooke. He also has executive produced the band 4th & Orange under Latium/Atlantic recs.
As of recent, he has landed a song deal with ABS-CBN producing hit songs for top Filipino artists Inigo Pascual, KZ Tandingan, Moira Dela Torre, Jayda, Morissette, & more.
Summer is right around the corner and Kolohe Kai and Hirie are brining the aloha spirit with Feel the Sunshine. The song about being back on the islands and feeling the warmth and its energy. Hirie recently moved back to Oahu and remembers why it's a special place. Kolohe Kai and Hirie (aka Roman and Trish) shows us that there's still a bright side to all that's happened. They remind us to stay grounded and take the time to feel the sunshine. It's such a feel good song that will immediately put you in a great mood.
DJ Marlino had the chance to chat with them about their latest collab Feel The Sunshine, touring the Philippines and growing up Filipino in Hawaii. Here are some of the highlights from the interview.
2. Hirie believes that being back in Hawai'i has been a blessing in disguise
Last we talked with her, she mentioned buying a one-way ticket to Hawai'i for her and the family. "I think all of us got to really find that inner strength with our Ohana." Her latest Instagram posts have us feeling a little bit FOMO with how much fun she's having. However being back on the islands, it's been a time to connect with herself and her family. Although Roman and Trish touch on how the islands' tourism has been hit, both are still thankful and staying positive we'll all bounce back.
3. They talk about the importance of sharing their experiences with mental health
Both artists are big advocates on bettering one's mental health. Hirie shares recharging her batteries since she's been back home. "My mental health, everything gets grounded again when I'm in the sand." She says it's an indescribable feeling and something you just feel. For Kolohe Kai, he shares advice from his mom. "...giving up isn't an option. You've got to climb this mountain in order to see the sunrise." Also, he shares that writing songs is an outlet for him to express the emotion he experiences.
4. The Hawai'i scenery doesn't hurt when need inspiration for songs
Both artists are not only great performers, but amazing songwriters. Who hasn't had a Kolohe Kai or Hirie song stuck in their head? They say in Hawai'i, it's easy to be around each other and sounds and melodies run through your mind. From the beaches to the palm trees, it's not a bad backdrop. However, they both agree that past and present experiences are what inspires them most. You have to see Kolohe Kai's MV for Catching Lightning.
5. They're proud of their Filipino roots and represent the Asian community globally
They're proud of who they are and share the different experiences they had growing up Filipino. While Roman was raised in Hawai'i, Trish went to a British school in Italy. Fun fact, she had a British accent when she arrived in Hawai'i. However she did also talked about the rough transition. However, now they both know themselves as people and want to constantly promote positivity. This wouldn't be possible without the influence their grandparents and parents had on them. To carry on the tradition of love and hospitality.
6. Feel the Sunshine is about feeling the energy after being away from home for a long time
People visit Hawai'i to get away on vacation right? That's how Feel the Sunshine came about, wanting to be refreshed and the feeling of sunshine on your skin. The song all started with the melody then Hirie wrote her second verse on the spot. The bridge was written by both of them and the collaborative process came together smoothly. Kolohe Kai says it's been one of the easiest set up he's done and one of the first collaborations back since Good Morning Hawaii. When you listen to the song, it makes you reminisce about a care-free time and gives you hope that you'll find better days again.
Kolohe Kai is a local Hawaiian reggae band, represented by singer/songwriter/frontman Roman de Peralta. In 2009, Kolohe Kai broke out on the music scene with its debut release This is the Life. Following that were songs Ehu Girl and Cool Down.
After a 3-year break to enjoy life’s experiences, Kolohe Kai came back strong with "Paradise" in 2014. The title track Paradise and Heʻe Roa captures the Hawaiian reggae sound that captures the audience.
Roman uses his experiences, both the good and the not-so-good, as inspiration for his music.
San Diego’s seven-piece band HIRIE brings the reggae vibe to the scene. HIRIE is poppy and purposeful, harnessing the power of accessible songcraft, social consciousness, world class musicianship, and the disarming and spellbinding qualities of reggae, the band exudes mainstream appeal without diluting its artistic vision. “Hirie is a lifestyle choice, it’s about healing the body, the mind, and the spirit. It's a way to detach from the painful complexities of the world, and bask in joyous energy."
Cover Photo Credit: Kolohe Kai Facebook
Heavy Rotation Live brought out the reggae vibes this week with Hawaiian singer, songwriter Hirie. She was born in Makati, Philippines, then moved to Italy when she was still young and finally settled in Hawaii where she found the reggae scene. She shares stories about how her unique childhood and how it shaped both her as a person and her music plus what’s been keeping her busy during quarantine.
Check out the Top 10 things we learned about Hirie:
Find Hirie on social media (@hiriemusic) and yes, she confirms that it’s actually her responding. Ending the interview, she leaves myxers with a message of love. “Find love for one another. We need to show each other more kindness than anything. Be who you want to see in the world.”