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the deadbeats / Bio

The Deadbeats are a funky, jazzy hip-hop band that currently reside in Honolulu Hawaii. Many moons ago (circa 2005) a few old friends (Harumi the Hymn [emcee] and Brett Robinson [bass/ vocals]) were on a cigarette break outside of the studio where they would jam long and often. Due to an unfortunate family incident involving cats, kittens, towels and scissors, the Deadbeats were born. By 2007 the two were one garage-recorded album deep, and hungry for more. Luckily Harumi ran into Ethan 'Honky-tonk' Capone (keys) nodding his trucker hat violently over the pleased keys of a grand piano at Jazzminds on Kapiolani Blvd. Ethan's old friend Micah Mclaughlin (drums) would then be called upon to keep the bands blood pumping with the beat. As if that weren't enough, one day around the year 2008 a strange young man by the name of Matty Wong (saxophone) caught ear of this quartet. As if under some sort of spell the five friends would go on to produce music that felt good. Since then, the Deadbeats have been voted "the best up-and-coming local group" by The Honolulu Weekly. The Honolulu Bulletin said " There's attitude, there's irony and there's imaginative vocabulary" "worth hearing" and "The deadbeats' album positions them as potential winners in at least two categories at the 2010 Hoku Awards." the Deadbeats have opened for The Elevaters (www.myspace.com/elevaters), Eric Hutchinson (www.myspace.com/erichutchinson), Mos Def (www.myspace.com/mosdef) and soon to open for Blue Scholars (www.myspace.com/bluescholars). They've rocked faces in various venues such as Jazzminds, Element Lounge, Indigo, Bar 35, Mercury Bar, 39 Hotel, Ong King, Nextdoor, The Loft, Pipeline Cafe, Honolulu Academy of Arts and an occasional house party rager here and there. When it's all said and boiled down, The Deadbeats are here to entertain... Because life should be spent smiling.

General Info

Band Members
Harumi the Hymn: Emcee/ Shmoozer Bret Robinson: Bass/ session man Micah Mclaughlin: Drums/ Jester Ethan Capone: Keys/ honkeytonker Matty Wong: Sax/ Fisherma
Artist Name
the deadbeats
Profile Page
Active Since
Hip Hop / jazz / funk

Contact Info

Honolulu, HI