Session 234: Bravo // Kainalu

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SBS BravoKainalu Square Final Poster Design: David Bramson

August 28, 2019

In his own words, Bravo’s goal is to use music to “positively impact as many lives as possible”. A singer his entire life, music became the focal point of his story as he began writing original songs in his college dorm. These songs became Bravo’s way to shine his light on the world and learn more about himself along the way. The positive response to Bravo’s debut EP “Bravo Blvd.” led to a sold out first headline show and a growing fanbase that he says inspires him more than anything to keep pushing forward.

Now focused on his next chapter, Bravo draws from the trials and tribulations of his self-described ‘golden’ years to make songs that are a ray of light to anyone trying to find their path in life. Through this process, the 5-track "Golden EP" was released in October 2018.

“What I do is bigger than just me, it’s about how what I’m doing affects everyone else” - Bravo


Kainalu is a psychedelic funk recording project by multi-instrumentalist, Trent Prall. Drawing influence from modern psych-rock and classic Motown artists he grew up listening to as a child, his unique sound is quickly gaining attention in the music community. Kainalu’s core is rooted in Trent’s Japanese Hawaiian heritage; the word roughly translating to ocean waves, but more deeply the concept of the ocean raising and breaking down the islands through time and the impermanence of life. Kainalu explores this meaning through both its sound and visuals. Joined by guitarist, Joey Waldbillig, bassist, Evan Nelson, drummer, Matthew Allen, and conga player, Aaron Gochberg, Prall creates a more jam-oriented live interpretation of his recorded music.

Kainalu’s single, “Finding Peace Of Mind” has been featured on various premiere music blogs including Indie Shuffle, Joy of Violent Music, and BlahBlahBlahScience. The track hit #1 on Hype Machine charts, followed by his track, “Folds Like Origami,” which also hit #1 consecutively. “Folds like Origami” landed on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist and has gotten press coverage from Earmilk and tastemakers like David Dean Burkhart. Kainalu's music has proven international appeal, charting on iTunes in Mexico, Portugal and Brazil in addition to radio plays in Australia, Mexico City and Paris. Kainalu’s live performance was named one of the “40 Can’t-Miss Shows of the 2018 Underground Music Showcase,” by 303 Magazine. They have done live recordings with Hear Here Presents and Sofar Chicago. Kainalu's sophomore EP, Lotus Gate, is set to release spring 2019, followed by a regional tour in June.