Kawehi is a singular young artist who recently came to international attention with her videos of cover songs on YouTube. She's from Hawaii but is now based in Kansas. She's on a national tour that swing through Jammin Java June 17. Like her hero, Tom Waits, she's forging her own path with a unique sound. Check out the videos below for a taste! Also, check out the fantastic giveaway for advance ticket buyers:
Purchase four or more advance tickets and you gain access to the pre-show meet and greet with Kawehi that begins at 5:30! You'll also be entered for a chance to win a signed, handwritten lyric of a song from Kawehi's upcoming EP, Robot Heart AND a download of a previously unreleased track!
Where and when was your first show?
My first show was in 2007 (yikes!!) at a crazy rock venue called The Joint in Los Angeles. It was Biker Night - lots of leather. I showed up with my acoustic guitar, a full band and sang girlie songs about feelings. It went over pretty well.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
I’m definitely influenced by Tom Waits. I like his attitude towards music and the industry - he drums to beat of his own drum, he’s creative in the way that makes him happy and doesn’t give a shit about the money. I love that about him. Musically - I’m a huge Beatles fan. I think they are the grandfathers of how songs are structured nowadays. I love Imogen Heap - I think she’s the cats meow. I also love Radiohead and The Civil Wars.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
I was playing my first East Coast show in NY - I remember showing up to soundcheck, late - I walked in and sulked towards the back and had to wait till last because I was late - it was horrible. All I remember is watching everyone soundcheck and thinking - holy crap. Everyone’s SO GOOD. What am I doing here? Why am I here? I remember leaving the gig really depressed and unsure about whether or not I should continue to do music. But by the time I got home - I was determined to get better and to show up the next time - polished and prepped. That NY show made me serious about music - and it made me figure out what kind of musician I wanted to be, what kind of voice I’d have. I’ll never forget it.
Favorite Food: Pizza.
Favorite Drink: Wine:). Or Whiskey if it’s a serious night of fun!
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?
George Clooney? It’d be fun to see what he’d look like portraying a crazy Hawaiian/Asian chick with a sidecut.
Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both?
Dog Person!! Here’s a pic:
What two words would best describe your music? Different. Thought provoking.