Hisham Dahud Reports from Pow Wow Hawaii’s School of Music
Fame House’s Hisham Dahud has been invited to take part in Pow Wow Hawaii’s first ever School of Music, helping young Hawaiian musicians in their creative and professional growth. These are the accounts from his experience.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” -Aristotle
There’s a lot more to the Fame House team than simply being a group of well put together digital strategists and digital managers. At the core of each of us, we all genuinely and passionately care about art in every sense of the word. From musicians to visual artists, to actors on film and stage, we care deeply about art’s place in today’s culture and seek to facilitate how it can evolve in today’s digital age.
We are privileged to work with some of the most talented and creative people in the world, and it is our job to ensure that they remain connected with those who are most receptive and connected by their art; to ensure that the two-way communication between artist and fan remains healthy and sustainable.
But before any of this, the art itself needs to exist.
With fewer and fewer dollars going towards arts education in schools across North America, many young artists and musicians are hit with the notion that their passion is not sustainable enough for them to pursue beyond a hobby. As such, many young people grow up discouraged from their art and encouraged to abandon their hopes and dreams to live within the confines of what their doubters call “reality.”
Pow Wow Hawaii School of Music
With all this in mind, we were absolutely thrilled to be invited to participate in one of the most important events preserving art and culture today.
Pow Wow Hawaii is a gathering of contemporary artists engaging with the broader Hawaiian community in the process and creation of art, and draws over 100 of the world’s most renowned visual artists painting in loft spaces and all over the streets of the Kaka’ako neighborhood in Hawaii. The event brings together highly prominent brands and figures in the art, fashion and music industries for a celebration of what happens when artists from different backgrounds come together to form something unique and different in the spirit of unity and friendship – the essence of pow wow.
New for 2013, the Pow Wow School of Music is focused on providing learning opportunities in music creation, performance and career growth for a select group of local musicians aged 13-18. This group has auditioned to demonstrate they possess the passion, the talent and the determination to really do something with their music.
Andy Song, Marketing Director of Flexfit and organizer of the Pow Wow School of Music, was gracious enough to invite me down to Hawaii to take part in teaching the kids about both music as an art form, and the current landscape of today’s music business. I am joined by a “super-staff” of highly renowned musicians and music educators from all over the world to give daily workshops and lectures about the art of the live performance, percussion and rhythm (a specialty of mine being that I am an active drummer and percussionist), the music business and much more. At the end of the program, the students are to put on a live performance in front of the entire Pow Wow community using the skills and knowledge they’ve gained throughout.
While our goal is to both inspire and educate the kids in order to let them realize their full potential, these kids are already inspiring the teachers just as much – if not more – than we are to them. Their level of desire, determination, and willingness to create art has been unparalleled from anything I have ever witnessed. It’s thus far been an excellent “homecoming” for me as to why I do what I do, and why I work to build with a team like Fame House in order to preserve and facilitate the future of art and music as a viable profession for creators.
The program is only a few days in, and it’s already one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Stay tuned for more updates as we dive deeper over the next week.
-Hisham Dahud, Digital Strategy and Social Media Director