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HokuLani Discusses New Song, Upcoming Debut Album, and Much More

Meikhel Philogene

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With her single, “Plain T Shirts,” out now, we took some time to hear more from HokuLani. Read below to learn more about HokuLani, the story behind her newest single, and what’s to come.

Hi HokuLani! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?

I got my artist name from Hawaii. In Hawaiian, Hokulani means heavenly star. I was looking for a name to show how I felt. I feel like I was meant to inspire and be different, so I went with that.

What city are you from and where are you based now?

I am from New Orleans, LA, and I am now based in Houston, Texas.

At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you get started?

I knew that I wanted to do music at a very early age - I would say around 6 years old. Around 8 years old is when I started actively and secretly singing to myself in my room, haha. I got more open with it in middle school when one of my band directors, at the time, made me kind of take it seriously, showing me how to record songs and things.

Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?

My upbringing definitely played a huge part in shaping who I am and defining my sound. My parents had me listening and learning a lot of different music really young. I also have a lot of musically inclined family members. It’s like in my blood basically, so yeah, growing up the way I did in certain areas is definitely the reason that I became infatuated with music.

How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?

I would describe my music as authentic, passionate, and something worth sharing for the world to hear.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?

Outside of music, I like to make my own soaps. I really typically like to do anything creative. I’ve always been really into writing, and I’ve always wanted to direct a movie or TV show one day.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

I never really had too much of an influence from others as far as my music goes, but I’ve studied a lot of artists in the years of me doing music - artists like Pharrell, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, and Aaliyah. I really get inspired a lot by them.

What are some of your future music career goals?

My goals, as of now, for the future is to create a fanbase that understands my creativity, can relate to my music, and what I want from all of it.

Now onto your release, 'Plain T Shirts.' What inspired this song?

What inspired 'Plain T Shirts' is falling in love honestly.

What is 'Plain T Shirts' about in your own words?

'Plain T Shirts' is a story about being infatuated with a guy who looks really good in 'Plain T Shirts,' haha. He doesn’t have to do too much to appeal to the eye and be sexy.

What is your favorite lyric in 'Plain T Shirts' and why?

My favorite lyric in 'Plain T Shirts' is 'You like it loyal and yeah you like it crazy' because I’m a very loyal individual for one, and I have a bit of a tendency to be perceived crazy when I care or I’m in love, but I’m just passionate.

What message do you hope fans take away from your music and from 'Plain T Shirts?'

I honestly want people to hear and understand that falling for someone and having love in your life is a great thing. The world needs more love in it.

What’s one of your proudest moments of your music career so far?

One of the proudest moments in my music career right now is, honestly, being able to even record music because I’ve always wanted to get started and not knowing how, having anyone to teach me, or believe in me to help me, so me being able to figure it out and do it all by myself is very cool. I’m very proud of myself for that. I’m still learning a lot as far as music and the business, but I’m proud that I’m doing it to begin with.

What would you say are the greatest lessons you’ve learned so far?

The greatest lessons that I’ve learned so far would be that life goes on whether you’re ready for it or not, and it’s easier to give up on yourself and your dream than it is to work harder for a greater outcome.

What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects, or do you have any upcoming shows that we should be on the lookout for?

Right now, we are working on my first album titled, 'Welcome 2 My World.' I do not have any shows at the moment, but I am open to participating in any opportunities I receive to do a show.

Where can we follow you on social media?

All of my socials for you guys to follow are: @realradluvrr on Instagram, @radluvr on Twitter, and @realhokulani on TikTok.

Before you go, let's ask you some random questions:

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I am terrified of the ocean. I have thalassophobia. I am so scared of large bodies of water like it’s not even funny.

What is your real name or a name that you go by outside of your artist name?

My real name is Sundiata like the African prince and founder of the Mali empire. My close family and friends call me Sunny, which I go by the most.

Thank you for the great interview; wish you much continued success!

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Meikhel Philogene is a music executive, artist manager, publicist, attorney, producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of M.E.I. Recordings and Psalm Infinity.

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