We love music, especially house music. We love all things online and digital (and plenty of offline things too). We love planning, organising and coming up with ideas. We thrive on putting all those things together to help people get the most out of their music and business.
We love music, especially house music. We love all things online and digital (and plenty of offline things too). We love planning, organising and coming up with ideas. We thrive on putting all those things together to help people get the most out of their music and businesses.
Our main goal is to deliver services and offer support which meets the aims and objectives of our clients. We don’t subscribe to the notion that ‘one size fits all’ and take time to understand the people we work with so we can provide the most suitable solution. We’re passionate about what we do and the people we work with.
We always look to build solid long-term relationships rather than offering quick one-off services, and we achieve best results for our clients when we are more closely involved in discussions, idea formulation and decision making.
We can offer our services on a delivery basis, or on a consultancy basis where we assit clients with carrying out the work themselves.
We’re not afraid of getting stuck in and we actively practise what we preach through our own label, Lost My Dog Records, which has been going strong since 2005 and released close to 100 records from artists in every continent.
We’re also committed to continuous improvement – we keep up to date with the latest developments in music promotion and online strategy through attending conferences and reading widely.
Kahua is a Hawaiian word meaning ‘platform’, ‘base’ or ‘foundation’. It is also used in the context of ‘playground’, ‘arena’ or ‘stage’. (We prefer to ignore the definition that says “detention camp”!!)
Kahua Music is based in the North-East of England and was formed in 2005, initially as a record store and award winning e-commerce site. Kahua’s promotions and publishing services were launched in late 2007/early 2008 offering specific services to record labels and artists working within the house genre.
As the business has developed these core services have expanded into the organisation that Kahua is today, offering a complete range of bespoke services covering promotions, management, online strategy, consultancy and business development.
Kahua was founded and is headed up by Ian. He has worked in the music industry for more than 15 years initially as a DJ and subsequently in retail, music publishing, promotions and strategy. He is also co-founder of deep house label Lost My Dog Records and music-tech company Transmit Promo.
Michael is responsible for managing promo campaigns at Kahua. He is a freelance music producer and tutor, and founder of 440Hz Collective. Armed with a BA Hons in Music Enterprise he is also a graduate of the MMBE and UMT:Pro courses run by music development agency Generator. He has released music under his ‘MJ Fitz’ persona and is firmly entrenched in the underground house music scene.
Sam is responsible for maintaining the online profiles of Kahua Music and our clients, as well as looking after our publishing catalogue. He has a background in publishing, music production and has received a B(Mus)Hons degree from University. His main music love is Glitch Hop and Dubstep, and he’s developing a keen ear for quality house!
Don't just take our word for how good we are to work with - read what our clients say about us.
“Just wanted to let you know that we are very happy with the results of the campaign. Actually quite surprised to be honest. We didn’t expect such great feedback or media exposure at all. We are getting quite a few SOG live booking requests as well as remix work… Thanks!”
What we do, why we do it, and why you might want us to help you do it too.
We always prefer to build solid long-term relationships rather than offering quick one-off services, and we achieve best results for our clients when we are more closely involved in discussions, idea formulation and decision making. While this section splits what we offer into a number of pigeon holes, the reality is that most of our work involves a mixture of these services, all tailored to your specific aims and priorities.
We can offer our services on a delivery basis whereby we carry out the work directly, or on a consultancy basis whereby we assist you with carrying out the work yourself. You get the drift by now – everything is very flexible and we’ll always look to work in the way that best suits you. Please get in touch and we can talk further.
We also track key metrics on a monthly basis to highlight which elements of your online strategy are working well and which need attention. As part of our ongoing work with you, we will regularly tweak existing tactics, suggest new ideas and highlight best practice examples.
Around specific projects we also run PR campaigns, helping to get you or your artists bigger scale features in magazines, online and on radio.
Here you can see a selection of our projects, and the ace people we've worked with along the way.
Our latest news, projects, thoughts on music promotion, the music industry and other stuff we dig.
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Hot on the heels of his ‘Sweet & Spicy EP’ on The W Label, DJ W!LD now unleashes his ‘Rainbow In My Pocket EP’. The four tracks see W!LD at his most underground and dirty; it’s 3am music for when the freaks come out. Lead cut ‘Rainbow In My Pocket’ has a title which belies the deep, dark and thumping nature of the track, perfectly at home on the darkest, sweatiest dancefloors. ‘Beats 2’ is a DJ’s dream tool – scattered percussion and a “jack me till I start to scream” vocal loop relentlessly. On the B side, ‘Tokyo 9am’ has an impossibly deep bassline, energetic jacking beats and a vocal sample you may just recognise, while ‘Murder City’ is classic W!LD, featuring another intoxicating jacking beat and excursions into floaty breakouts. Another must have EP from a man at the very top of his game.
Joss Moog releases his debut album ‘Late Nite Beats’ on 14th June through Phil Weeks’ Robsoul Recordings. The Parisian has impressed with his releases on Robsoul since 2006, beginning with the much sought-after Room 25 EP, and has subsequently built up a discography including music for Magnetic, Maracuja, Kinjo, Exprezoo, Minority and Synchrophone.
Signatune Records present their second release, a brand new cut from Parisian producer Mancini (ManJas) titled ‘Need Heat EP’. The 4 track release opens with 2 original deep house tracks infused with lush percussion, warm drums and melodies that hook you in. Lead track ‘Need’ matches a beautiful vocal with a classic piano riff and atmospheric pads & strings. ‘Heat’ continues along a similar vein but with a techy vibe and driving tribal percussion that will surely be a dancefloor destroyer this summer. On remix duties label boss REda daRE sprinkles his classic vibe over ‘Need’ and Unpleased label owner Jan Hendez gives a deep techno groove version of ‘Heat’.
Lost My Dog’s second Sonar sampler sees five current, returning and brand new artists jostle for position in the run up to Barcelona’s annual celebration of electronic music.
Roland Nights returns to Lost My Dog after a two year absence, during which time he has released music for Amenti, Resonance, 3am, Grouper and Dutchie, as well as launching his own label InnerCity Records. Three deep house tracks from Roland follow his customary style of shuffling, subterranean-bass grooves with a swing-yer-pants bump that references both Chicago and Nottingham in equal measure. Not bad for a lad from Burnley.
Duo Andrea Bigi & Marius Laurentiu team with a debut original three track release EP ‘Music, Love & Romance’ through DJ W!LD’s Catwash Records on 24th May 2013. The EP fuses electronic wizardry with samples from multiple eras and genres demonstrating serious skill and influences. Lead track ‘Music, Love & Romance’ captures this style perfectly with a blend of Jazz trumpets & looped up vocals from legend Nat King Cole with a wicked groove and naughty bassline. B-sides ‘Dejale’ and ‘Empty & Blue’ continue with the late night sexy grooves on a deeper tribal vibe sure to keep both the head-nodders and arm wavers happy in bars and dark rooms around the world.
New Swiss production outfit WLF release the four track Arcadia EP through DJ W!LD’s Catwash Records on 24th April 2013. The tracks make for a captivating listen and demonstrate the breadth of the trio’s skill and influences. ‘Eau Du Mur’ and ‘Modificated Humor’, with their references to French filtered house, are bass heavy club throbbers with dark relentless grooves that slot perfectly into the sets of the aforementioned W!LD. ‘Jingo’ slows the pace and adds soulful Rhodes chords for the smoky early morning sessions, while ‘God Interview’ is a jacking stomper straight from the vintage school of Chicago.
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Kahua Music Ltd
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Telephone: +44 01207 693893
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