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When we talked to DJ Flict and Common Kings last month, they're so excited to talk about the song with Inigo Pascual, Danger. Finally, the track is here!

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.

  1. Kolohe Kai and Hirie went to the same school and were one year apart, but they didn't know each other
    They didn't know about each other right away and only connected in January 2018 through a mutual friend. They also ended up writing Feel the Sunshine in 2018 which they described as an organic process.

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.

ABOUT KOLOHE KAI

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.

ABOUT HIRIE

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:

  1. Her dad worked for the UN and her mom is an engineer
    Hirie moved around a lot because of her dad’s UN position, but that also meant she met a lot of people which influenced her musical taste. She said, “There was so much energy at home because of the people I met through my dad’s job.”
  2. She learned a lot about different cultures at a young age
    Living abroad made her really open to different people and backgrounds. Hirie said it’s made her less judgmental about others and “accept people the way they are and they’re a product of their upbringing.”
  3. She started writing songs because of her poems
    Her intricate songwriting skills began when she was young, making her a hopeless romantic and talking about heartbreak. Lyrics to her first song were so deep, "He tells me he'll make me smile, twice more he made me cry. He tells me he'll grow a rose three times, he made them die." In Hawaii, students are required to learn how to play the ukulele. After writing lot of poems then mixing in the ukulele chords, it led to a natural progression to songwriting.
  4. Last time she visited the Philippines she was still a teen
    She tells Heavy Rotation that her last trip was around 17 or 18 years old, so it’s been her dream for a while to visit again. Her top destinations on her list include Manila, Sorsogon in Bicol, and just exploring different islands.
  5. Her Filipino nickname was “pasaway”
    We were all called pasaway by our lolas at one point or another as kid and Hirie was no different. The Filipino phrase that her lola always told her was “gusto mo palo?” Most of us know the feeling.
  6. She’s been keeping busy during quarantine
    Unlike most of us who’s been binging Netflix and going down the rabbit hole of Twitch, Hirie’s been keeping herself occupied by cooking, writing, and creating on Patreon. She shares that her new smoker is a game changer and taking her meals to a whole new level.
  7. She’s always thinking about what should be happening next and what else she can do
    While she misses performing on stage and having the band with her, she still thinks of creative ways to keep the music going. Her Birthday Bash Live Concert back in May aimed to help the arts. We definitely wish we were just as determined as Hirie.
  8. “Bonfire” is just a taste of the upcoming album
    The song is a feel-good track that aims to release the negative energy. She wanted to create an easy listening sound that listeners can enjoy and wonder off into the riffs, “When I sing, I want to put people to sleep.”
  9. The name of the new album will start with the letter “M”
    Hirie didn’t go into it much, but the name comes from a dream she had. If all the songs continue along the theme she has in mind, then she’s sticking with the name. Anyone have any guesses? All we know is that the new album showcases her different expressions and moods. We can expect to hear more songs that will get us up and dancing.
  10. DJ Marlino challenged her to write a Tagalog reggae song
    Her immediate answer, "Oo (yes) let's try!" Hirie was intrigued to hear about the booming island reggae music scene in Boracay and can't wait to experience it for herself.

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.”

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