Frankenreiter ‘super stoked’ for Wanderlust Fest

Feb. 21, 2014 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Kauai singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will headline the Wanderlust Festival on the North Shore with Moby. --Courtesy photo

Kauai singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter will headline the Wanderlust Festival on the North Shore with Moby. (Courtesy photo)


The Wanderlust Festival returns to Oahu for four days of yoga-centric programming beginning Thursday at Turtle Bay Resort.

The Hawaii event, first of nine worldwide this year, focuses on activities to help people “find their true north” — including musical events, surfing and nature walks, dining and regional beer tastings.


Featuring Moby and Donavon Frankenreiter

» Where: Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy.
» When: 7 p.m. Feb. 28 (Moby) and March 1 (Frankenreiter)
» Cost: $25; free with Wanderlust pass
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Headlining musical guests this year are Moby and Donavon Frankenreiter.

Moby, the international electronic music star, is a veteran of Wanderlust Festivals but will perform at the Oahu event for the first time. His DJ set is scheduled for Feb. 28 with opening act MC Yogi.

Also performing for the first time at Wanderlust Oahu is Kauai singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter. The talented musician (and friend of Jack Johnson) brings his relaxed, surfer rock music to the Wanderlust stage on March 1 with opening act Mike Love.

Frankenreiter is many things in addition to a soulful singer and guitarist. He’s a pro surfer, though not competitive, who’s sponsored by Billabong and a slew of other brands. He’s also a husband and father of two young boys.

The 41-year-old Southern California native took some time out to talk last week, calling from his home on the Garden Isle’s north shore shortly after returning from the Planeta Atlantida Festival in Brazil. He talked about his upcoming performance at Wanderlust, his plans for a busy 2014 and his ever-present bit of facial hair.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: So, this will be your first time playing at Wanderlust on Oahu, right?

Donavon Frankenreiter: Yeah, I’m super stoked, it should be great. I love playing shows on any of the islands in Hawaii. But it will be really special to be over there on Oahu on the North Shore. …

I haven’t really played that much in Hawaii. I play like maybe a couple shows a year, maybe one a year on Kauai, and I’ve only really done benefits. …

It’s funny, Oahu was the place where I recorded my first record. And that was, like, 10 years ago. It all started on the North Shore of Oahu, so I’m stoked to come back and play there again. It’ll be great, I think.

Moby will perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. --Courtesy photo

Moby will perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. (Courtesy photo)

SA: Are you just doing the show at Wanderlust, or are you also going to be doing any of the activities?

DF: I think Saturday morning I’ll be doing surf lessons with Hans Hedemann Surf School with the people who have signed up. … I’m going to arrive Friday, and then I’m taking people surfing all day Saturday, then we sound-check that afternoon and play that night. It’s sort of like the perfect dream scenario for me, go to the beach and surf all day and that night play music.

SA: Do you feel a sort of connection to Wanderlust?

DF: I love being a part of things that promote having fun and living in the moment and enjoying what you’re doing, enjoying yourself, feeling grateful for what we have. I think that’s kind of, like, the theme of Wanderlust; it seems like everybody’s really enjoying what they’re doing. That could be surfing or yoga or different activities that go along with it. I love the fact people can go there for the weekend or one day or a week, and there are just so many things going on and kind of just living that lifestyle that I always dreamed of wanting to do and be a part of. I think it’s really cool, it’s a great concept and a wonderful idea. I don’t do much yoga; I don’t think you’ll see me at a yoga class. But I should do yoga, it’s great for the body. From what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard, it’s just a really positive, healthy experience to be a part of, so I’m stoked.

SA: As far as you and your career, are you working on anything right now?

DF: I was taking a lot of time off this year, but I am doing a lot of one-offs like just festivals and different things in different areas. But we’re doing a lot of traveling. I’m going to South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, all over the West and East coasts, but not as intense and as grueling as a full tour. I’m just doing a week here and a weekend here, ’cause I’m writing a whole new record and recording a new album this year, and I’m going to do another revisited record. Like, I went back and re-recorded my first album, I did it all Hawaiian style, so now I’m going to do that with my second record (“Move by Yourself”). So songs that are done in the way I would do them, I go back and do them with slack-key guitar, ukulele and the lap steel. It’s really fun to take a different approach to these songs. So I’m going to re-record my second album, do a brand-new full-length record and then put out another, “Recycled Recipes,” which is a six-song EP of covers that I put out probably once every three years.

SA: All this year?

DF: Yeah, and we just recorded a live record, and we’re doing all the mixing and mastering for that right now. So I’m going to get that done in the next couple of weeks and put that out.

SA: Wow, it’s a busy year for you.

DF: Yeah, I’m staying busy. I’m going to try to go on more surf trips this year, too. I’m going to go to Indonesia in April, I’m going to go to Maldives in June and then Cameroon in October. I think it’s important in these types of years to try to go on as many surf trips as I can. It gets hard sometimes, nonstop being on the road just playing music. It’s kind of good to take a break for a second and dive into some better surf spots.

SA: Does your family go with you?

DF: Oh yeah, they go with me. All the surf trips they’re going to go with me, and some of the more longer music tours they’ll go with me. They go with me whenever they want, which is fun. It’s sort of the best of both worlds when the schedules allow my kids to get out of school; it kind of makes sense to bring them along. When it all comes together, it’s like the best trip.

SA: I just want to ask you about the ‘stache. What is the story behind it? It’s become a signature look for you.

DF: I might shave it off for Wanderlust! Ha! Nah, I’m just kidding. I think when I met my wife 13 years ago, I had more facial hair, and she shaved it into a mustache and that kind of started the whole thing.

It’s kind of taken on a life of its own. It’s pretty weird. I think four or five years ago, I did shave my mustache off for New Year’s Eve — I stayed home one year, I had nothing going on for a couple of months. I remember when I did it, my older son at the time was 4 or 5 years old, he didn’t recognize me and he started to cry.

They were all freaked out, like “Who are you?” cause I look a lot different. I always told my kids it was the “Magic Mustache” and if they ever got an owie or something, I’d give it a little kiss, then it would all go away. It would usually work 95 percent of the time, so when I shaved off the “Magic Mustache,” they were bummed.

SA: So, never again?

DF: I don’t know, maybe one day it could go, I’m not sure. Maybe soon. Sooner rather than later. But I don’t have plans to shave it just yet.

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