No one does what we do that way we do it. We provide a full band sound at a one man price! We provide professionally-trained, award-winning, music degreed expertise! We provide a variety of music entertainment services so that we are your one stop shop for every event!
MAKAIO is an original one man band consisting of LIVE vocals and LIVE instrumentation with professional background accompaniment creating a full band sound at a one man price!
MAKAIO (muh-kah-yo) produces, performs, writes and records all of his own music. He is professionally-trained in music and theatre and has been performing professionally virtually since birth. MAKAIO's love of music has no bounds as he has personally performed and written music of virtually every genre (alphabetically): Acoustic, Blues, Broadway, Christian, Classical, Country, Electronic, Instrumental, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Spiritual, World and more. MAKAIO's own music reaches into the depth of your soul with meaningful reflections and vision for what will be. MAKAIO's music is upbeat and explosive and simultaneously subtle and provocative. His melodies will hook you and his lyrics will dwell within.
MAKAIO began his career in entertainment at the age of 3 performing in his first television commercial by crossing his eyes to look at himself. Perhaps, that's when the introspection began. Always more fascinated with why we do things than what we do, by the age of 7 MAKAIO was performing with the National Broadway Touring Company of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's Evita under the direction of Harold Prince. A musical that dealt with politics, promiscuity, power and ulterior motives, MAKAIO was exposed to the man behind the curtain at a very young age and was quickly perceiving, both on and off stage, the full spectrum of who we are.
By his early teens MAKAIO had begun writing about his thought-provoking experiences, using song and performance art as his mode of expression. Songs like Stimulus, How the World Shines Bright, Just Playin' and others captured this quest for understanding. Winning first in state in solo snare drum as a teen and functioning as percussion section leader for a variety of concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, pit bands and more, MAKAIO spent a great deal of time drumming and singing from one band to the next as he continued to write music.
As both an accomplished musician and actor, MAKAIO chose to study abroad after high school when he auditioned and was accepted into the highly selective British American Drama Academy (BADA) in Oxford, England and was chosen again from that select group to be one of just a handful of students to work directly with the esteemed Sir Benjamin Kingsley (Ghandhi, Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, etc.) who personally directed MAKAIO as Romeo in Romeo & Juliet.
When he returned to the states, MAKAIO shifted his focus back to music where he auditioned and was accepted into the highly selective esteemed School of Music conservatory at De Paul University in Chicago, IL, USA. There his songwriting blossomed, as did his musical abilities, and he went on to graduate with Honors in Vocal Performance.
Since then, MAKAIO has continued experimenting with and exploring a variety of musical forms and theatrical experiences. In addition to music, he has written several plays including a dramatically staged theatrical production showcasing his own music to sold out performances. A big fan of experimental bands, MAKAIO has been influenced by bands of all genres and especially those with an "epic" or unique sound and those that implement the theatrical and orchestral into their music. MAKAIO is also greatly influenced by groups with outstanding drummers and those that implement a variety of rhythm making as an integral part of the music. As a result, the music of MAKAIO is an eclectic mix of influences from all time. The sound result is truly unique unto MAKAIO. We hope you will experience and enjoy MAKAIO!
MAKAIO would love to bring his musical experience to you! Contact MAKAIO for more information!