I took this site down about a year ago to update it, and in the following days, everything took off! After finishing the mastering for John Cruz' "One of These Days," I helped record Matt Catingub's "Return To Romance," set up camp in a cabin in Mokuleia with Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom and her band and recorded her "A Hawaiian Christmas," and started on Manoa DNA's second CD "No Place Like Home". While beginning to mix 8250's frst CD "Take a Chance and Let the Music Play," I was called to Maui to mix The Barefoot Native's "Slack Key Circus". I also helped finish Shaun Reyes' "Food for the Soul" CD. Throughout all this, my own record company Get-Your-Own-Band Records, Inc. was preparing to release Bobby Ingano's second CD "Stranger Here," and in the middle of a large recording project for one of our Japanese clients. That mostly covers the Summer of 2007.
The fall continued at a similar clip, with one very sad note. My father, Josip Bertosa, passed away on October 15, 2007 after a prolonged illness. His presence in my life will be sorely missed.
The end of 2007 wasn't all sad, however, as I had the wonderful opportunity of beginning a very musical, adventurous, and joyful relationship with Jake Shimabukuro, his brother Bruce, their manager Kaz, and all the good folks at Hitchhike Records and Toastman Inc. I had the opportunity to record and mix half of his most recent Japan-only CD release "Ichigo Ichie," a collection of famous Japanese songs performed live and in the studio by Jake and his band. I also got to travel to Molokai and help set up a studio for the Molokai Youth Center's songwriting workshop, which gives Molokai kids a chance to learn about songwriting as a creative outlet. I also finished mixing and mastered Angela Crandall's CD "Shine".
My business partner in Get-Your-Own-Band Records, Inc., Sean Thibadeaux and I started a new CD project with a great young artist from Hawaii via California via Hawaii named Ryan Bradley. We also continued to toil away at the many projects Get-Your-Own-Band Records, Inc. has underway for upcoming and long term release. Sean and I finished off the year by producing some musical cues with our good friend Bailey Matsuda for a PBS Hawaii documentary about The Kamaka Ukulele company's history.
As 2008 dawned, I worked on a bunch of commercial projects for TV and radio, and not long afterwards, Amy Gilliom called again. I got to record some songs with Amy and her band for her upcoming release. Highlights of these sessions were recording some of Matt Catingub's orchestral arrangements and working with Jeff, Chino, and Steve again. I also started working with the boys in Na Kama on their fourth CD project. I've also done a bunch of commercials, both local and national with my friends at Shooters Film Production. Other recent projects include mastering the Dave Young Band's new CD, mixing a Disney project at Avex Studios in Hawaii Kai, some archival remastering work and recently, I was interviewed by the BBC for a special about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole' s recording "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" which I recorded very late one night in the late 80's at Audio Resource Honolulu.
The summer of 2008 begins with some cool projects I'll be at liberty to talk about soon, so check in often. I promise to update frequently!!