Brittni stopped by the store with her mom and husband yesterday and I had the honor of capturing her with her brand new signature Kamaka. It kind of reminds me of Kalei’s custom Kamaka because they both have the red purfling accents and are both masterpieces from Casey Kamaka . It’s interesting because Kalei and Brittni go way back. The two families have always been close and as young kids they would stay up into the night playing ukulele. Their parents would have to make them go to sleep! No doubt the two prodigies spurred each others musical growth. They are now both among the top tier in musical talent.
Brittni borrowed Kalei’s loop pedal here, as if to say, give me that thing, I can be a whole band too. And Ellie Goulding..so fresh! When I took the recording home and started to mix, my 6 year old daughter came running into the room. She looked at me, nodded her head to the beat for a few seconds, then smiled real big and started jumping up and down, cheering! Pure joy. She sang along (one of her favorites), and was so inspired.
When Brittni first got to the store I was trying to figure out my new recording interface. She was trying to figure out this pedal she has just borrowed. For a while we were like 2 old people trying to set up an email. After 15 or 20 minutes though, we figured it out, hit record, and 10 minutes later we hugged goodbye. She left us with this music. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Brittni got to play with Santana at his concert a few days ago! She really connects with the emotion in this song. Her dynamics are just beautiful.
This young musician really shines light on the uke. Not as “dancey” of a performer as Jake or Taimani, but she’s a Hilo girl with a more relaxed attitude. Her expression is not as “nuts”, but her music and emotion are undeniable. That’s why I call her a goddess of the uke. She rules it in a unique way.
Here’s a few more videos we recorded after that first session four years ago. I had made some equipment upgrades for recording in the meantime.
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