I was happily invited by a good friend, Alex Steininger from Portland based music label and Music PR Firm: In Music We Trust, to attend a private debut concert of a two man band, Aina Haina. Dylan Magierek and Mike Ailes met eons ago while attending school in Hawaii and learned they had a common passion for music, not Hawaiian music – 80′s rock ! After graduating, these two men set off on musical career paths. Dylan started Badman Records, a Portland label that produced albums for local artists such as Starfucker and The Builders and Butchers as well as a group out of Louisville, KY – you might have heard of them before- My Morning Jacket. Mike continued to belt out the lyrics and play guitar, making a mark for himself in the states as well as in Japan, with 2 albums.
Both Dylan and Mike are accomplished musicians with energetic and gregarious personalities. It was a pleasure speaking with them, tossing back a shot with them and rockin’ out to their sounds. Continuing to live the dream, Aina Haina’s CD will be released February 2013 and then the boys will be hitting the road and going on tour.
Music and mingling mixed at this event and I became acquainted with a a young, passionate music blogger, Colin Hudson. Colin writes for the blog Bridgetown Sound - because he loves it, not for the money. Admittedly, he states, the perks are pretty awesome too.
Below read Colin’s review of Aina Haina as posted on Bridgetown Sound.
Artist Spotlight: Aina Haina
www.BridgeTownSound.com Written by: Colin Hudson
In case you were getting worried that real rock n roll, the kind that thrives on grunge, garage, and blues was flocking away from Portland, then next year has a big suprise for you. A local supergroup consisting of two awesome and accomplished musicians, Dylan Magierek and Mike Ailes will be releasing an album in February and touring during 2013. These longtime companions crossed musical paths one more time to form a power-duo that focuses on distorted guitar riffs and simple, thriving rhythms to get their point across. And their point is to rock.
Aina Haina‘s sound stems from 80s rock with a lot of influence from the garage rock revival of the early 2000′s. There are hints of the Black Keys, Van Halen, and even Neil Young throughout one of their sets. Dylan, a former bassist, lays it down on the drum set while Mike plays the guitar rhythm and lead. Impressively, they both do vocals with Mike being the primary singer and Dylan coming in with back up and harmonies.
Both are well accomplished musicians and Dylan Magierek is best known as the founder and owner of Bad Man Records. A popular Portland label that produced albums for local greats such as Starfucker and The Builders and the Butchers. He worked, produced and did some engineering work on many of the albums on the Bad Man label. Bad Man Records also produced albums for a little band out of Louisville, KY, My Morning Jacket. That being said, Aina Haina are no rookies to the industry, they know that things need to rock in order to work.
And not only do they play thrashing, party music but they also bring a party. Both guys love to connect with the audience throughout their show. I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive show at Devil’s Point last Thursday to see a set of their performance and get a preview of what was to come of Aina Haina. Before the concert they walked around, bought everyone drinks and food, and shot the shit with all the attendedees. And during the middle of their set, Mike claimed that they like to do a shot with everyone at their shows. So we all walked back to the bar where there was about 30 shots lined up and we all threw one back for this amazing band.
The show featured all the sounds i mentioned above, but was even more impressive to hear live. The timing and transitions were right in line and you could feel the energy of the songs shift from riff to riff. It’s also sweet to see two guys pack the same amount of punch as if they were a five piece. Dylan and Mike claim that they just didn’t want to work with someone else’s schedule. It just so happens that performing as a duo works really, really well.
Their album is set to release in February 2013 so do not miss out on hearing and seeing one of Portland’s premier bands.