WITH AN ELEC­TRO HEART AND HAWAII ROOTS, MR. CARMACK

TAKES THE STAGE

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - TGIF - By Kalani Wil­helm

DJ and pro­ducer Mr. Carmack — a mu­si­cian with Hawaii roots who of­ten plays and per­forms in the is­lands but has been elu­sive to me­dia, even as his pro­fes­sional pro­file rises — has trans­formed him­self from col­lege dropout to one of the most pro­lific elec­tronic mu­sic pro­duc­ers of to­day. Along the way, Aaron Carmack has also risen above per­sonal set­backs to share his high-oc­tane sonic grooves with the world. The ac­claimed trap-elec­tro mu­sic-maker, whose af­fil­i­a­tions in­clude Di­plo’s Mad De­cent la­bel and for­ward-think­ing Los An­ge­les-based mu­sic col­lec­tives Soulec­tion and Team Supreme, comes to The Repub­lik to­day. Born in San Fran­cisco be­fore even­tu­ally mov­ing to Long Beach, Calif., the 26-year-old ver­sa­tile beat mar­vel cred­its the three years he lived on Oahu for help­ing him un­der­stand that po­ten­tial has no lim­its.

“I had a feel­ing that I re­ally had to har­ness what I was do­ing,” Carmack said. “It was a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me liv­ing in Hawaii, then I moved away. It was al­most like a dream.”

A French horn player in high school, Carmack, who is also gifted on the pi­ano and ukulele, earned a mu­sic schol­ar­ship at Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Long Beach, be­fore drop­ping out. Broke and liv­ing on the streets of Long Beach, he scrounged up all the funds he could and bought a oneway ticket to Hawaii to live with his older sis­ter. “I needed to take the time to get my real life to­gether, and who bet­ter to help me than my sis­ter?” he said. “Also, be­ing by my­self re­ally helped. It’s the ageold artist story: You can have all the tal­ent in the world, but if you can’t get your life to­gether, it can kind of fall apart.”

CARMACK, who is Filipino and Hawai­ian, comes from a fam­ily of mu­si­cians with ohana on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island. His fa­ther, Carl­ton “Ka‘ala” Carmack, is a pro­ducer, singer, pi­anist and mu­sic in­struc­tor at Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege. His sis­ter An­ima is also an ac­com­plished vo­cal­ist.

COUR­TESY JACK STRUTZ

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