with RED LIGHT CHALLENGE (duo) and DARIAN RENEÉ
Described by NPR Music as joyous folk pop, Kuinka “laces modern folk and Americana with an electronic jolt, waltzing along the grooved edges of dream-pop, synth-pop, and Brooklyn’s mid-aughts guitar-rock revival” (Vanyaland). Their genre-defying music features several different lead singers, four-part harmony, and eclectic instrumentation including cello, banjo, synthesizers, ukulele and electronic percussion. For all of their sonic experimentation, the Seattle quartet’s songs and live shows are linked by an infectious energy that remains present in everything they do. Their new EP Stay Up Late is available now on Spotify, iTunes, and at www.kuinkatheband.com.
Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii with a passion for great sounding music, alternative rock band Red Light Challenge was born and raised on rock and roll, soul, blues, funk, and every other music genre imaginable.
Both talented honors students, the band is made up of two brothers Sean (21) and Kyle (17) who, not only play all the instruments that appear in their songs, but continuously incorporate new styles and sounds in each original song they write.
Formerly named ‘Just Us 2’, Red Light Challenge is full of energy and life during performances. They have performed at many popular hot spots and concert venues both locally in Hawaii and across the United States where they are known to mash-up popular cover songs with their originals, paying homage to great music of the past and leaving a blazing trail for new music today.
During 2010, the band was featured on the hit variety TV show ‘Entertain Me!’ on KHON-TV2, where they headlined and performed two of their songs. The duo also won an award for Best Song Composition (music and lyrics) for their original song at the local “Brown Bags to Stardom” 2010 competition. To celebrate their local successes, Red Light Challenge toured Six Flags in California and many major malls across the USA, rocking fans from Los Angeles to St Louis, Missouri.
In the summer of 2013, Red Light Challenge scheduled an impressive 42-show, 16-state Summer Tour spanning from Colorado to New England and back home to Hawaii, with performances at Pyramid and Simon group malls, as well as Hershey Park, Six Flags New England, KOAs, the Buckeye Lake Festival, and many more.
Performing live shows for a crowd of fans does not faze this young musical pair, whether their performances are for 10 people or 10,000, they always put on an energetic show, with huge-sounding songs. In addition to high profile performances, Red Light Challenge is frequently photographed and interviewed. They are regularly featured in local Honolulu newspapers and news programs KHNL, KGMB and KFVE Hawaii News Now.
Aside from their love for performing, Red Light Challenge is keen to give back to music programs in public schools across the country. They have created a non-profit community-involvement program called “Red Light Challenge, Green Light Go” where the band frequently performs and speaks with students. The brothers are conscientious about the songs they diligently write with their ultimate goal to inspire younger generations in both music and the arts.
Darian Renee is rapidly causing a ruckus in the Pacific Northwest as she emerges as a premier songwriter and musician. A genuine lyricist and captivating performer, this young pop singer has gathered critical acclaim for her self-produced debut EP “Only the Beginning”, released in 2012.
Coming from humble beginnings, this Boise, ID native has let hard work become her norm. At just 21, Darian’s music is known for channeling refreshingly honest testimony through candid lyricism as well as expressing relentlessly energetic showmanship through catchy, expertly crafted composition.
Darian’s music, melodies and entrancing presence on stage have captivated audiences and gained a steadily growing anticipation for her upcoming work. With a growing resume of performances, she has already captured crowds at the likes of Sasquatch, VanFest, and South by So What?! She hopes to continue adding festivals to her growing list.
With the release of her single “Close” at the end of 2013, Darian released her new EP “The Other Side of Someday” September 2014. The momentum that this pop-singing wild card has created is slowly sparking an imminent breakthrough to new thresholds and new heights for all to be a part of.
When not performing, Darian works as a session musician, producer, songwriter and touring merchandise manager for major artists. She currently attends Berklee College of Music for Voice, Music Production & Engineering and Business.