Paul Izak was born and raised on the Hawaiian Islands and currently lives it up on the Island of Oahu. Paul has been discovering his own voice and unique sound as a singer/songwriter since 2004. As a young boy, Paul was no stranger to the main stage, performing as a vocal soloist in choruses since 2nd grade. He then became an impersonator of famous artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Louis, and Neil Diamond. He performed around the island with the Honolulu Boys Choir for two years. Through Intermediate and High school years, he began to shift interests towards acting, photography, sports, and film production and his vocal talent was put aside. During these years, he began to find a new voice through his Harmonica. His inspiration came from his uncle Brian, a local blues harmonica player, and other blues musicians around the island. He quickly found a new sense of freedom through the harmonica.
During his first year of college, Paul began learning guitar and finding his own sound, which can best be described as a Folk, Blues, Rock, Reggae combination. In 2006, while living on the Island of Lana’i, Paul began playing hand drums. This later led him to establishing a drum circle on Kailua Beach for three years. These drum circles allowed Paul to connect with the community through the freedom of unlimited creative expression weekly. Bringing together the community in a conscious way led to the monthly Yogarden Music Gatherings, an all ages, artistic/music event. Paul’s passion for yoga, gardening, and music set the foundation for these gatherings.
Since 2005, he has been the lead singer/harmonica/percussion player for local Hawaiian reggae band Pressure Drop, winners of the Mai Tai Rumble in 2010. Pressure Drop plays regularly around the island of Oahu. They are currently working on their first album.
In 2010, Paul recorded his first solo album ‘Peaceful Words’ with local percussion player Shazam. Recorded at King Street studios in just two short sessions, most of the songs were first takes.
In 2011, Paul released his second album ‘Seeds of Love’. On this album, Paul worked with some very talented local musicians. The musicians included Matt Brittain on electric guitar, Kevin Holder on bass, Joe Fausett on drums, keyboard, and recording, and Jayma Superlove on saxophone and backup vocals. This full band album, gave Paul’s sound a new flavor.
Paul loves working with fellow musicians and expanding his sound. He is currently working on his third album ‘Everlasting Light’.
You can find Paul playing his solo original music in coffee shops, local bars, baby luaus, weddings, and live music yoga classes. His love for music continues to grow, just like his garden. Representing a healthy and simplistic life, Paul is a believer in honoring yourself as an individual so that you may better contribute to your community through healthy sustainable practices. This is the message you get through Paul’s music as he practices what he preaches.