Ori Kawa & The Entals
To set oneself apart from the masses, it takes originality in performance, composition, and lyricism. Ori Kawa & The Entals' current ensemble ticks all 3 of these boxes, a quartet who have successfully bridged the divide between Phoenix and Chicago, collating their musical talents into a captivating hybrid of rock, jazz, and funk-infused pop.
Consisting of Ori Kawa (Vocals/Keyboard), Oscar Brown Jr. (Guitar), Todd Hill (Bass), and Myron Cherry (Drums), the band's eclectic and fluid approach to music draws from the individual sonic palette of each band member, with the result being a diverse, genre-spanning sound that's common denominator is Kawa's charismatic, seasoned vocal performances and the stellar instrumental ability of the accompaniment.
Citing influence from artists such as Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jamie Lidell, Fat Freddy’s Drop, and Amp Fiddler, Ori Kawa has always been a true believer that we are all born ready to make music. From playing drums at various concerts and festivals during his mid-teens for San Jose Taiko's junior performance program, finding his feet as a DJ and promoter in his home city of San Jose, and later discovering his unrivalled passion for singing, Kawa's life has been abundant with music, with this reflecting upon the sophisticated sound that the band has been consistently carving out.
Next up for Ori Kawa & The Entals is the release of their highly-anticipated 'Draw 4' EP. Pivoting around beguiling vocal lines and instrumental riffs oozing with experience and class, the electronic-tinged, genre-fluid four-track body of work perfectly encapsulates the band's deeply diverse approach to creating music. Head to http://www.orikawa.com for all things Ori Kawa & The Entals.
As writer Tim Lawrence stated, there are three pillars of dance music—the venues, the DJ’s and the music. Ori Kawa holds an extraordinary understanding and respect for each of them. Early in his career, a deep interest in House culture had drawn Ori to the music’s creation location to study the history and get immersed.
While attending audio classes, Ori was booking talent remotely for Blowfish, a venue in his home city of San Jose. The budding DJ/promoter found his weekend home at SmartBar, a staple of the Chi-town dance scene whose owner had a hand in making the very history Ori was researching.
After frequenting the club for a while, it was only natural to begin working there, and it was during this time that Ori diligently enjoyed a front row seat to the finest dance music being grown in and imported to the states. The diverse bookings of music director and “DJ Grad School” tutor James Amato had set the stage for an outpour of musical creativity; most influential were the stylings of Mr. Scruff, Derrick Carter, LTJ Bukem, Colette and Rusko. The underground venue’s big sister, Metro, provided more scene to soak in from up the stairs with an abundance of acclaimed performers gracing its stage.
Living in this environment provided all the inspiration necessary to put pen to paper and voice to tape, and while residing above the bar just next door to the club, Ori began to sing. He became obsessed—”Voice is the best instrument because you have it with you wherever you go,” he says. “You can practice while walking down the street, as long as you don’t mind getting weird looks.”
The arrival of this newly awakened passion coincided with his development as a producer during a sample-heavy era that was drying out for dance music. The desire for fresh vocals from the rapidly expanding number of skilled beat-makers and the call to fuel the floors became heavy motivation.
To be set apart, it takes originality in performance, composition and lyrical content…
“Only What You Can Carry”, Ori Kawa’s first song writer and accompaniment video production, is a musical sidestep from his usual electronic antics. As a nod to his ancestors, this piece paints a genuine American experience.
After working with many of the local scene’s striving and thriving electronic labels and artists, this independent musician is approaching the current “musiconomy” with the same DIY spirit that Chicago architects pressed on vinyl to spark a global dance music movement. Be on the look out for more of Ori’s imaginative work as he brings you off-the-wall lyrics and style to bounce to. It has only just begun!