SuperCity: The boys are back

Nov. 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser

One of Honolulu’s most raging groups of party people have a funny habit of telling me they don’t like to party.

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Featuring Landon Tom (pictured) and DJs Delve, Debin, Jem and Whiskey D—s

» Where: Nextdoor, 43 N Hotel St.
» When: 10 p.m. Saturday
» Cost: $10
» Info: contrastmagazine.com

Ever since Contrast, an independently published lifestyle magazine, launched in 2008 with an A-list party of stylies, surfers, skaters, artists and models who flowed from thrtyninehotel onto Hotel Street, I’ve begged them to do more parties and have done whatever I can to help.

“We’re not a party magazine,” they would tell me. Over and over. Yet every event they decided to do was bananas. I never knew what a hangover could be until I met this group.

The magazine’s core consists of publisher/front man Race Skelton, photo editor/scenester Lance Arinaga, marketing director/surfer Jason Shibata, wordsmith/activist Daniel Ikaika Ito and elusive editor-in-chief/creative director Mark Kushimi. Other contributors include film genius Luke Aguinaldo, fashionista Cassy Song, global editor Zen Yoshifuku and musician/artist Landon Tom.

In print they are magnetic, but IRL their parties are legendary fun. This Saturday they are back at Nextdoor after a few Siren Summer events in Chinatown and years of art shows, issue launch parties and their signature annual Anti-Canvas boardshort art fundraiser in collaboration with Hurley.

Saturday will feature lots of new music forming in the scene, including Whiskey D—s, the DJ Duo of Big Pineapple’s Ryan Miyashiro and Travis Sasaki. Expect to hear lots of indie-electro, J-Pop, nu-disco, house and even chillwave from the two.

The party will also feature the first live performance for Landon Tom’s new band that’s so new they don’t even have a name yet. They are billed as Only Child, but that’s a working title.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010Contrast's Daniel Ikaika Ito, left, and Race Skelton at the second annual Anti-Canvas fundraiser in 2010.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010

Contrast’s Daniel Ikaika Ito, left, and Race Skelton at the second annual Anti-Canvas fundraiser in 2010.

“It’s more of a reference to the bratty mentality not to any of us actually being an only child,” Tom said via text message.

Tom, best known as lead singer of The Jump Offs, has been practicing new material with Aran Souza and John Hamilton and is echoing a similar sound to his former project.

“Rock and punk. It’s how I learned to play music, through easy punk sounds,” he said. “I love guitars and live drums. It’s the kind of stuff I listen to.”

In this high season for surfers and rockers to work hard and play hard, they are rounding out the party with DJ Delve, one of the most versatile, talented DJs in Honolulu. He’ll be joined by one of the twerkiest party DJs in town, DJ Debin.

In a long weekend of food and shopping this could be the shining star smack dab in the middle of all of it.
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Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular Bacardi Pool Party on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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