The tiny island of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i would be pretty low on the list of places you’d expect to find the next generation of alternative rock, which is why Paradox Lockdown is packing up and taking their unique brand of synth- and guitar-driven rock to Los Angeles. A potent mix of danceable beats, clever lyrics, memorable choruses, and infectious hooks, the radio-friendly sound of Paradox Lockdown is simultaneously fresh yet highly accessible.
This is a big move for the young Kauai-raised band but they are all in. “We know it will be tough, but we are ready to show the rest of the world what we can do,” says founding member, singer/songwriter and keyboardist Cameron Williamson. The group is used to major challenges. Despite the fact that Kaua‘i is home to only 67,000 residents and the near-total absence of rock venues, they have been able to build a sizable local and online following.
Driven by a prolific songwriting duo, Willamson and fellow founding member Jonathan Obiano, the band has already released two self-produced EPs and the full-length album Dateless In July with help from Grammy-nominated band coach and co-producer Jeremy Hartshorn since the group formed in 2010. “I’ve worked with hundreds of kids and never have I seen such powerful combination of talent and drive in such a young band,” says Hartshorn, “These guys have got the goods—both on the stage and in the studio.” Obiano, a virtuoso pianist and singer, met Williamson in the 6th grade and they immediately started writing songs together. “We just want to make music that moves people,” says Obiano. Soon, they recorded their first song and began shopping for other players to fill out the band. After some classic band drama, they eventually settled into the current group including drummer Zack Silva, bassist Kai Olson and guitarist Eric Rivera.
It’s definitely the end of an era on Kaua‘i for Paradox Lockdown, but they are more than ready for the next chapter of their musical journey.