Keeping one foot on the beach and stepping the other into the street, Orange County-based band Aloha Radio has crafted a unique sound that, via heavy grooves and catchy melodies, definitively captures the soul of Southern California. Featuring guitarist Alex Barnett, bassist Andrew Russell, and drummer Chris Hori and, along with the lush, seductive vocals of Lauren Mulderrig, Aloha Radio seamlessly blends elements of surf rock and modern pop into a bold, infectious musical concoction.
In July of 2015, the band released a pair of albums — Stoked and Broke and California Scheming — on independent label iSeed Records. Featuring a total of 30 new songs that explore a variety of genres including surf rock, reggae and indie rock with hints of hip hop and electronic elements, the albums complement one another like an ice cold beer and sand between one’s toes.
What was your childhood like? How did you first become interested in music and performing?
Lauren: I started singing as soon as I was able to talk. It’s something I have always loved. I got serious about becoming a musician when I started high school. I got my first guitar when I was 15 and started writing songs as soon as I had two chords readily available at my fingertips.
When did you first pick up the ukelele? How did that come about?
Lauren: The ukulele came about when I was 17. I picked one up during a family vacation on the island of Maui. I wrote a song called “Deep Blue Ocean” during that trip. I fell in love with the ukulele and it’s presence has been a staple in my music ever since. That song became the main inspiration in forming Aloha Radio.