My Peoples


First why the name change and more importantly why the choice to change it to My Peoples?

Mike Dayao: The main reason for the name change was due to people having a hard time saying it and if people couldn’t say it then they couldn’t share it with others. Another reason was to get away from being known as a Hawaiian band when only one of us is from Hawaii. The choice to change our name to My Peoples was easy because when we thought of it, the name was a tagline that could be used for everything and anything; like My Peoples Rocks or My Peoples likes to Party or Come follow My Peoples. In essence the name of My Peoples is more marketable in so many more ways than our previous name.

Chris Jones: As much as we liked the name Kapakahi, after 5 years we found that new fans, and even some who’ve known us from the beginning had a hard time pronouncing it. People trying to find us online couldn’t remember how to spell it and we lost out on a lot of potential fans that way. My Peoples is way easier for folks who aren’t from the islands to pronounce and remember, and the new name still holds true to what we’re all about both inside and outside of the band. 

Steve Salta: "We figured the new EP, Back2Roots, would be used as a kind of teaser to get people interested to our mellow tunes and to the new band name."The name change was something that we’ve been talking about for a while. Although we’ve done some great stuff as Kapakahi and have met a bunch of awesome fans, as we focus down on our sound and our song writing, we feel like we wanted a name that better suits us as a band as well as individuals. Also, with our full-band music, we have a grittier edge than Kapakahi’s stuff had. As we go back into the studio, we wanted a name that can represent this “reggae-rock” sound that’s coming out of San Francisco…so we though that My Peoples was a better fit for the music. Kapakahi, the name, really represents Hawaii. Although we love Hawaii and look forward to getting back there to play some shows, we think My Peoples is a better representation of us.

Did the cause for concern go away quickly about changing the name cause you are able to get it out over the internet through all the social networks?

Mike Dayao:When we put up the info about changing our name on social networks like Facebook, we got a dozen comments or so from our long-time loyal fans saying that it was a bad idea or that we shouldn’t change it. We then commented back and told them specifically why and then they sort of agreed with us in the end.

Chris Jones: Most everyone we know has a Twitter or Facebook account nowadays, so it was pretty easy to spread the word to our friends, who passed it on to their friends and so on. We definitely got a few, “We love Kapakahi, don’t change your name!” type posts, but once we explained the reasoning behind the name change, those people eventually came around and got excited about it.

What were some of the other choices for the new name that got kicked around?

Mike Dayao: Hustlin’ Fools, Raging Roosters, Roots Under, Shitty Beetles, Vape Killas, & Rally Boys.

Steve Salta: It’s funny, we actually talked about calling the band My Peoples before we settled on Kapakahi. It came back around because we started gigging as an acoustic trio (hence the Back2Roots EP). We toyed with a name change contest, but we knew that My Peoples was the name that we wanted to go with. It really offers so many different marketing and partnering opportunities that we didn’t have with Kapakahi or other names.

Was there a rush to put new music out the same time you made the name change?

Mike Dayao: After our 2010 New Year’s show at Slim’s, we tried out a few new tunes and got a lot of positive feedback. We realized then that we needed to get back into the recording studio. We were already playing with the idea of the name change and figured with our new sound we could transition to a new name followed with releasing new music.

Chris Jones: No doubt! We figured a name change needed to have something to coincide with it to get people excited about the whole deal. And what better way to get people psyched up for MyPeoples than by giving them some new music for their listening pleasure? It’s the perfect way for us to let people know, the name may be different now, but we’re still the same, kick-ass band we were and have got great new stuff in store for them in the future.

Steve Salta: Yes. The only way a name change would work for us is with the release of new music, photo’s, online presence and art. We were planning on hitting the studio anyway, so it worked out perfectly. We are releasing our acoustic EP, Back2Roots this month and will follow it up with a full-band EP titled, My Peoples EP, that we will release in the summer. It will be 6 new songs…we’ve added keys and a full horn section. There might even be a remix in there…

We are doing a month of free singles prior to the Back2Roots EP Release (1 free single a week on We’ll do the same with the full-band EP…stay tuned!

Your new E.P. is titled Back 2 Roots. Did you feel as though you were getting away from what you guys are all about or was there another reason for the title?

Mike Dayao: Since last summer, Chris, Steve, and I have been doing small gigs acoustically or what we call restaurant style or backyard style. Within this trio the songs that we composed under Kapakahi were much more difficult so we realized that for smaller gigs we didn’t need to rock as hard. We just needed to keep it sweet and simple and easy for people to listen to and still groove to in their seats. So I thought Back2Roots is like the the term Back2School but for us it was about keeping the music honest within the core of the group. From the EP you get that feeling as if you walked into a ragin party and find us playing the tunes right outside in front of a bonfire enjoying beers and good company.

Chris Jones: We’re not getting away from what we’re all about, we’re just taking everything we did musically as Kapakahi and focusing it into a more cohesive sound. This EP is acoustic and more stripped down and was recorded by me, Mike and Steve, the original members of the band, so we’re taking the music “Back2Roots” so to speak.

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