Again UY must reach out from the depths of their busy lives to affirm their continued existence and passion for the life of music. We’ve been busy this year so far with the success of winning for the 4th time a Hawaii Music Award. UY has one an HMA for every recording we’ve done since our first project Trying to Stand in 2002. Also, Upstanding Youth has been nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award. This is like the Grammy’s of Hawaii and we consider this nomination to be one of the biggest honors UY has received in our over 7 years of performing and recording as a band. It’s an achievement to have our genre of music acknowledged in a forum that is so widely respected in Hawaii.
One of the biggest successes UY will experience this year will be the addition of more children to the UY family. We’ll be taking a few months off from June until who knows when to get the new kiddies settled. Before that we’ll be playing multiple shows in the month of May.
May 16th UY will be playing at BYUH opening for long time friend Cubworld. We’ll be doing our first live acoustic set. We’ve never done an acoustic performance featuring the whole band before and really look forward to the opportunity to showcase some songs with new arrangements to better fit an acoustic setting. In the past Marc would take up some time playing some songs acoustic at bar gigs but we’ve never made the time to prepare an acoustic set. Also, on May 20th we’ll be at Hot Topic in the Pearlridge Mall for another acoustic set. It’ll be a kind of meet and greet and acoustic performance. We’re really looking forward to this. Hot Topic in Hawaii has really been doing a lot to promote and help local bands. Some friends of ours like Pimpbot and Busekrus have performed already and been really successful.
On top of all of this UY has been considering new ways to improve the business aspect of the band and find creative ways to promote and expose the band to a wider fan base. Keep in touch and we’ll let you know of some of the new things we have planned. One potential idea to surface is a UY sticker contest where the person who can submit a photo of a UY sticker the furthest from Hawaii will get an amazing prize. Stay posted and you’ll hear more about all that. Until the next show or next record…much love.