ROOTS (History & Insight)

Lets make this short and sweet. No KTUH, No Lightsleepers. I have no true idea or value of the role Lightsleepers has made in Hawai’i’s Hip-Hop.  Maybe cause i’m not done yet. A grip of “to do” is still on the list.  But i wanna take it back a bit to 1997. That was the year i transferred from Leeward Community College to University of Hawai’i.  My high school homie, Lord Ced became the General Manager of KTUH and found out i was on my way.  He convinced me to do a radio show.  I didn’t wanna do radio, my only recollection of radio was mainstream crap, and til’ this day its still the same, crap.  There was a catch, college radio is a free form, 3 hour blocks of music genres…and KTUH needed a Hip-Hop Show. I came up on the the past KTUH Hip-Hop shows like; Soul 69 w/Eitaro, Syze One, & DJ MinOne.  Big D aka Derrick Ah Sam also had a show on KTUH, currently he has parlayed his experiences to one of the dopest music radio shows expeditionradio.  I had the show for 5 years and we, Hawai’i HIp-Hop community and the world wide Hip-Hop Community help grow the show.  My opinion it was our Stretch & Bobbito, Mike Nardone, or Sway & Tech.

There was no social media strategy or set play list.  No wack MCs. No Fakin’ the funk. I programed the show according to what i believed was dope, what i felt people needed to hear, and the music that we were making. A bold stance, but i am passionate about my music and i knew in my gut that there were others also passionate about Hip-Hop. When i got the notification that i was getting kicked off the air my first response was “let fight this” then i realized “nah it was time to move on”.  I had petitions and letters written to the newspapers to “SAVE THE LIGHTSLEEPERS SHOW” i was flattered.  I also had haters, yes haters, people saying i was abusing college funds by doing a radio show, WTF?!?1? I didn’t get paid for doing my show, i was there on Christmas, New Years, My Birthday, you name it. 5 years FREE, for the LOVE! The end of the LIGHTSLEEPERS Radio show was the Beginning of Lightsleepers the…events, art shows, skate contests, popups, drops, clothing, skateboards, tours, music, brick & mortar, podcast, and the list keeps growing.  2018 we are entering into a full circle, Lightsleepers: More Dusty, Than Digital, our online radio show. Simple, every other week will be an old episode of Lightsleepers on KTUH, and the alternating week will be a new show focusing on…guess what…Hip-Hop! The beats, producers, the creative, the abstract, the different, basically what i did in 1997, now in 2018.  This idea been cooking since 2003ish, but i wanted to start a podcast first, SLEEP TIMES OVER, that wasnt music. Now, we ready and with all the wackness streaming out on the inter webs, i can’t go for that. So welcome to the marathon, stay tuned, and Don’t Sleep. – ktc