National Dance Week HI 2012 April 20-29!!

A week long celebration of dance in Hawaii. Access to Master Workshops, Free classes, Competitions, Showcases, and Events! Check out http://www.ndw-hawaii.com for more information!
We are proud to be a presenter of National Dance Week Hawaii 2012.

Sweepy coming to Hawaii right here @HP360 & Soulgasm, FEB 15-17!!

FEB 15-17!!

Special guest Bboy/Bgirl workshops with FRANKIE FLAVE & RONNIE RUEN (STYLE ELEMENTS/KILLAFORNIA) + HOUSE with LYANNE!

From the world renowned STYLE ELEMENTS/KILLAFORNIA

It’s about that time…

The party that was named “Best Vibe” (in Honolulu Nightlife of 2010 by supercw.com )known to play the best in House music in Hawaii celebrates 4 years! Widely known amongst the Hawaii music heads, dancers, artists, and party people as well as around the globe for bringing that soulful goodness to a party while hosting the best in local talent as well as world renowned and respected djs,dancers, vocalists, mcs, poets and artists from abroad and most of all for keeping it fun, funky, soulful, and true to art of the underground.

It’s all about moving you from the inside…

Live Percussion by JEROME

December 16
3rd Friday
@thirtynine hotel
39 N Hotel ST

21+, $10 cover
Door opens at 9pm

presented by Housing Project 360
http://www.housingproject360.com

Sweet Summer Love

Soulgasm- The HOUSE, FUNK, SOUL party in Hawaii. Known for it’s good music, good ppl and vibes.

This month, we’re getting into the sweetness!!

Our DJs will be diggin in their music collection for some of their most favorite “sweet” tracks to play in their sets!! It’s all about SWEET SUMMER LOVE.

Don’t miss this month to hear what they got in store for you.

as always, party kicks off at 9pm and goes til 2am.
$5 drink specials all nite

It’s free before 10pm and only $5 after!!

21+ welcome

DJs Matt Kee, Yuji, Kentaro, Kevin Koga
+ rotating resident DJs

See all you music lovers, dancers, and party rockers this coming Soulgasm!!
http://www.housingproject360.com

House performance at Pipeline Cafe 1.22.2011 Lyanne

DJ Kevin Koga Interview

Welcome back home Kevin, it’s been some years since you first left Hawaii,

Q: Can you give us some of your background as a Club DJ in Hawaii?

Kevin: Sure, I started Djing for Jack Law at the Wave and at Hula’s 1991, but things were a lot different back then. Clubs handled promotions in house, so when you got a gig at a club it was a full time gig with health benefits and time cards. We would DJ 4 or 5 nights out of the week for 5 -7 hours every night. Today most venues book their nights to outside promoters who usually book a DJ to play for only a couple of hours, so if you ask someone actively DJing today the same question you would get a list of various bars and clubs.

I also worked at Radio Free Hawaii when they first started. I held down a mix show briefly that was aired at 5PM on weekdays, which was a very bold move on their end.

Q: What was that like, House and DJing in 1991?

Kevin: Well back then, there weren’t a whole lot of places to play or hear house music at, and as a DJ you had to play a very wide variety of music (mostly commercial). Luckily, I like a lot of different types of music.

Keep in mind that when the term “house” was coined house music that we know it today was non existent. There were no drum machines back then. House was a term used to describe the type of music Frankie Knuckles was playing at the Warehouse, which was quite eclectic – everything from The Clash, Gamble & Huff produced Philly soul records, obscure Italo Disco, etc.

Q: And shortly after you moved to San Francisco , Chicago, and traveled around, can you name some of the djs you played alongside?

Kevin: In SF, I played with Patrick Wilson for the Nu Life party and David Harness would book me to play at his Taboo parties. I DJ’ed with Larry Heard aka Mr. Fingers a few times, as well. A couple of names from Detroit I DJ’ed with are Brett Dancer (who runs an excellent record label called Trackmode), Alton Miller and Mike Clark. And everybody knows Felix (FLX) out here who happens to be one of my closest friends.

Q: And Patrick Wilson who is known to be the man for the Deep and Soulful House sound in SF will be here in Hawaii this month and the two of you DJing together again. Can you tell us a little bit about him and Djing with him?

Kevin: Patrick started as a professional dancer for Sway and Tech when they were rappers. He traveled all around the world probably back in the late 80’s, early 90’s and got exposed to House music while touring, and as a DJ, people like Marques Wyatt, Ron Trent, Tony Touch, and Louie Vega book HIM. He’s what you call a DJ’s DJ, and as far as DJing with him… he has a way of bringing the best out of you.

Q: Nice. So give us some names of venues, parties, any residencies that you spun?

Kevin: As for venues in SF. Pretty much everywhere. If they had house music or any other type of underground dance music there, good chances are I played there. DNA Lounge, 1015 Folsum, The Endup, the legendary 177 Townsend. As far as residencies go I helped Devotion with Ruben Mancias and Eric Baca which recently celebrated 10 years. I also held down a Monday night residency with Ruben at Liquid which then became Pink which is now Som. When Liquid became Pink I became a regular rotating resident and would often DJ with Mauricio Aviles who at the time was DJing for Naked Music. While a resident at Pink, Cosmopolitan magazine gave us some sort of best of club award.

In Chicago I used to play for the 3 Degrees parties with Felix and in Detroit I DJ’ed at the 2nd Detroit Electronic Music Festival for a loft party thrown by Vibe Magazine. I also DJ’ed for an invite only New Years Eve party thrown by the legendary Ron Trent, which was extremely flattering to have one of my favorite producers/DJs book me.

Q: and many of the DJs really doing it big and whom played with such big names have traveled the East Coast, especially New York and or been influenced by New York, and you?

Kevin: In the mid to late 90’s I went to Body & Soul and the Shelter a lot, also to Louie Vega’s Dance Ritual, Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn, and another party called Together in Spirit. Chicago is high up on my list of influences, as well, especially my experiences hanging out in the Southside.

Q: Chicago Southside, I hear it’s really dangerous…

Kevin: Looking back it probably wasn’t the smartest thing for one to do considering how dangerous it can be out there (laughs). People used to stop me all the time and ask me what I was doing in those neighborhoods. But the music and the vibe out there is on another level. It was like an oasis. You’d be in this club listening to this amazing music you’ve never heard before surrounded by all these awesome people, and you’d forget that the neighborhood right outside that club was a very, very dangerous place. But the main influence that Chicago had on me was the classics. The disco, the old funk and soul records. The southside is where it’s at.

Q: And now you’re back in Hawaii for good?

Kevin: Yup.

Q: So what are some of your plans?

Kevin: To share my music with the people of Hawaii by way of the dance floor. I want to bring the excitement and energy that I experienced going to underground clubs around the world here.

I also started a salsa company and want to continue it here.

Q: Cool, the dance or the condiment?

Kevin: lol, the condiment.

Q: And you got a re-edit label Sloppy Seconds? Any plans there?

Kevin: Hopefully press up some vinyl this year.

Q: Nice, and where can we find that?

Kevin: You can find it for sale digitally through Juno (www.junodownloads.com), also http://www.kennyconga.blogspot.com

Q: and before you go, tell us where people can find you spinning?

Kevin: I have a new residency starting this month at Soulgasm every 3rd Friday of the month which for this month features the 3rd annual House Dance Hawaii contest and you can find me the following Friday with Patrick Wilson at Lotus.

you can also find me on facebook.com/sloppy.seconds1

June 17th – Soulgasm 3rd Friday monthly
featuring 3rd annual House Dance Hawaii contest + DJ Kevin Koga
@thirtynine hotel
39 N Hotel St.
21+
9p-2am
$5 door
contest at 1015pm, sign up at 915pm, 18+ can enter contest, email soulgasmhawaii@gmail.com to sign up, $10 to enter contest. Cash prize + more!
DJs Kevin Koga, Matt Kee, Yuji
presented by Housing Project 360
http://www.housingproject360.com
facebook : Soulgasm Hawaii

June 24th – 360 Love Suite – special guest San Francisco’s DJ Patrick Wilson + DJ Kevin Koga
@ Lotus Downtown
34 N Hotel St
21+
9p-2am
$10 door,
RSVP first and last names at soulgasmhawaii@gmail.com by June 23 for 1/2 off door til 1030pm.

http://www.dosomethingtonight.com/article/soulg

SOULGASM TONIGHT with DJ Kevin Koga!!!

Soulgasm – the 3rd Friday monthly will kick the night off with the 3rd annual House Dance Hawaii contest.

Plus we will be welcoming back to Hawaii and he will be making his Soulgasm debut this night! If you like funk, you like sweet soul, and groovy and upbeat energy, he is your man! Plus your favorite Soulgasm DJs Matt Kee and Yuji!

Dance contest to start at 1015pm
to sign up, email Soulgasmhawaii@gmail.com or sign up 9:15pm sharp
$10 contestant entry fee

**cash prize to winner and more!
all contestants receive award of participation in HDH 2011

18+ can enter and stay during the contest portion of the night

Soulgasm – HDH + DJ Kevin Koga
21+
9pm – 2am
$5 entry

EJOE’S HOUSE!!

Soulgasm – ‘Ejoe’s House’
featuring the Legendary House Dance Pioneer Ejoe!!
Plus Melanie Aguirre//NY, Jittin Genius//Detroit,
and local studios Kahealani Hula and us, Housing Project 360!!
Soulgasm-The House, Funk, and Soul party named “Best Vibe” of 2010 in nightlife is proud to present the legendary, world renowned House Dance pioneer Ejoe Wilson to showcase his amazing talent and spin a special 2 hour set mixing Deep and Tech House jumping into 70’s classics/rare grooves and an eclectic mix of music that just makes you want to dance. He is from the legendary Hip Hop crew Elite Force aka MOP TOPs, the crew that put Hip Hop dancing on the map. Also from NY to appear is the gorgeous Melanie Aguirre from the House of M and formerly of the legendary House of Ninja plus Jittin Genius from Detroit who was recently on Paula Abduls “Live to Dance” show on TV. Plus local studios Kahealani Hula and Housing Project 360.

Ejoe first started dancing in the streets of South Bronx during the late 70’s amidst the birth of Hip Hop. Early in his career, as a teenager he appeared in numerous music videos with artists such as MC Lyte, Heavy D, Deee-Lite to name a few and movies like New Jack City, Juice, Strictly Business, and won the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night competition four consecutive times, which lead him to be accepted into the prestigious High School of Music and The Performing Arts(remember Fame?). Later, in the midst of New York’s developing House music scene, he would find his calling, making a transition from Hip Hop to the House style of dance. When on tour in Japan, Ejoe became the first to introduce House to a predominantly Hip Hop-based Japanese community, creating a nationwide following, choreographing and dancing with Japanese pop super-groups ZOO, T.R.F, and Namie Amuro. He is credited for the innovation of House Dance infusing footwork, dynamic floorwork and acrobatics, a style which is emulated around the world.

In 1993, Ejoe started a 10-year working relationship as a “principal” dancer for international superstar Mariah Carey. Also joining the Elite Force dance crew, he would later work with Will Smith in major videos “Men in Black” and “Getting Jiggy Wit It,” as well as opening the Soul Train 25th Annivesary Special, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Divas Live. In 2002, he joined the Off-Broadway musical sensation Stomp, and has been maintaining an active schedule, judging huge dance competitions such as Juste Debout, 4 Da Next Level and many others, and teaching dance reaching thousands of students worldwide. As a DJ he started under the name DJ Twelve with the pioneering Konkrete Jungle Collective who throws the longest running Jungle/Drum N Bass weekly in the world with chapters all over the globe.

DJs
Ejoe
Matt Kee
Yuji
Kentaro

Soulgasm Hawaii – Ejoe’s House
May 20 Friday
@ thirtynine hotel
39 N Hotel St (downtown)
21+
door $15

Party kicks off at 9pm, dance showcases at 1030pm and party til 2am!!

Check out a short demo of Ejoe

http://www.housingproject360.com
http://www.ejoewilson.com

*to catch workshops with Ejoe and Melanie (May 15 @ Fresh cafe)

360 LOVE SUITE

Those who went to the last Soulgasm and received the VIP pass get into 360 LOVE SUITE for FREE!!

Friday at 9:00pm – April 23 at 2:00am
Lotus Downtown
34 N Hotel St.
Honolulu, Hawaii

A night of sweet House music…

Rotating DJs
Eugene, HughB, Matt Kee, Yuji, Kentaro, Vinny, + more!!

21+
Free b4 10pm, only $5 after

brought to you by
Housing Project 360