Audiophile: Low-key Killing It

July 20th, 2016
Image courtesy Timothy Lum

Image courtesy Timothy Lum

I’m falling head over heels for the new generation. My health isn’t where it should be recently but even after taking a huge step back from everything I still kept hearing about this great culture being developed over at Hawaiian Brian’s. After hearing so much from people I respect in the industry, I made a point to go and check them out.

Hawaiian Brian’s has casually cornered the outskirts of Waikiki with zero judgements, tons of great music and plenty to do no matter what time you drop in. Looking a little deeper in the eclectic venue and you see years of hard work expanding and constantly improving the large space to make it the most effective. The small studio with great stage, lighting and sound and the Electron lounge and dancehall is the perfect size if you want a more intimate, personal vibe. The larger spaces are still welcoming without that feeling of being swallowed up. It’s a come-as-you-are multi-sectional giant space that comes alive with their tribes of regulars each night.

It’s one of those places you can go with no plans or no friends and most likely still be all good. You will most likely make friends. If you feel like you don’t fit in anywhere, this could be the place for you.

Image courtesy Audiophile/Kaylee Gan

Image courtesy Audiophile/Kaylee Gan

They have a solid rotating calendar of nightly comedy, open mics and live music of all genres that also includes careful attention to the developing dance music enthusiasts. This Friday you can peep the new gen and see the people that are investing and working hard to cultivate that scene and grow it even further.

This is Audiophile. They have spent the past 6 months working together solidly with monthly and weekly events at Hawaiian Brian's.

I had a really great time getting to know and see their crew in action and meet a lot of their loyal, even die-hard following.

Image courtesy Timothy Lum

Image courtesy Timothy Lum

Their mission?

"To help bring value to Hawaii’s music and nightlife industry by creating a positive and sustainable culture through depth and collaboration." Owner/operator and Timothy Lum wrote me in an E-mail.

Depth is right. These might be the most focused and grounded twenty-somethings I know. They have such a great passion for music and sharing the love and it shows in their events.

Timothy Lum and Brandon Wong met when Lum had his company Rave Rock. Producing regular EDM events happening at then Vice Nightclub, Ginza, The Republik, Nocturna Lounge and Aloha Tower, Lum is strikingly focused. Wong brings a powerful work ethic and fresh energy, determined to create change in the community through actions, experiences and music.

"While dance music was getting extremely commercialized, we saw an opportunity to promote a more intimate scene." Wong wrote me in an E-mail. "A scene where it was about the music and camaraderie and not just about the 'headliner' and getting messed up."

This is such a refreshing thing to hear, especially of an underground scene that has taken so many twists and turns since the 90's, and is highly misunderstood.

"I love music, but not nearly as much as I love people." Lum wrote. "The greatest reward I receive from event production is the ability to connect people in hopes of adding positivity to their soul. Whether the connection is made with the music, the party, or other people, to me, it’s one of the most beautiful things to see people come together."

If you've met Tim then you know these words put it very mildly. He is someone you just want to be around all the time.

Audiophile's promotional team manager Santino Wong (Producer/DJ "Jecht") also goes back to Rave Rock days with Lum. I only just met him last weekend when he stepped up to help cover a set I wasn't well enough to deliver.

The first thing I noticed about each of these three guys is how nice they are. Like, really nice. Kind even. I can see how they have such a loyal following; they're earth angels.

I first met Brandon Wong (Producer/DJ) "bird") when we played on the same boat at the Boatzilla during spring break. I remember being impressed with the 23 year olds music tastes, playing a proper house set that had me intimidated to go on after them.

Getting to know him that day I could see someone who was heartfelt doing what he loves. Seeing him running around before and during the Audiophile events gave me a familiar excitement that I have when my events are underway. You really do love the work.

"There’s a balance between working your businesses and working your passions." he wrote me. "If you don’t balance your business, you won’t make any money. If you don’t make any money, you won’t be able to continue. If you don’t balance your passion, you won’t be happy with either yourself or the product or service you are providing. Then what's the point!"

Image courtesy Timothy Lum

Image courtesy Timothy Lum

Friday is "LINK" which is a collaborative party linking up with all the O.G. rave and house heads. Double-O Spot, Livewire, Pure Coalition, and Asylum Records all share music across the two rooms at Hawaiian Brian's, bridging any generation gaps.

"Some of the best parties I’ve been too were Livewire/Pure Coalition parties." Wong wrote. "It really didn’t matter who the headliner was, I always wanted to go because I knew I was going to have a good time, regardless."

This is the culture that is so misrepresented. That come as you are, it's O.K. to be whoever you are, you will make friends here culture.


LINK x Club Glove

Presented by Audiophile Entertainment

In collaboration with 00Spot, Pure Coalition, Livewire, Ardency and Asylum Records

» Where: Hawaiian Brian's 1680 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
» When: 8pm-2am Friday July 22nd
» Cost: $10
» Info: 18+ to dance, 21+ to drink #AudiophileEntertainment @WeareAudiophile (808) 946-1343


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