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MAKAIO (muh-kah-yo – Hawaiian for “Matthew”) is a 5 star-rated entertainer and musician (as found on Google reviews, Yahoo reviews and more). As a singing, songwriting musician and classically-trained honors graduate in music performance, MAKAIO's music incorporates an eclectic mix from a wide range of influences including country, pop, rock, reggae, jazz, folk, classical and more. His music is inviting and upbeat guided by hopeful and insightful lyrical content. He has been the “go to” repeat performer for Honda, Trader Joe's and other nationally recognized brands and has traveled the world, with performances in England, China and throughout the USA. Stephanie Cainto from BocaMag.com writes of his music performance sweeping her away to another land. A native of Chicagoland and the Midwest where he was raised in an array of musical styles, MAKAIO now hails from the east coast of Florida which has brought him closer to the islands where he fell in love with the beautiful and entrancing music as a child. In addition to performing LIVE, MAKAIO also produces, performs, writes and records his own original music as heard in his recordings.
MAKAIO began his professional career in entertainment at the age of 3 performing in his first national television commercial for Cap'n Crunch cereal. 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 renowned director Harold Prince. From there, MAKAIO went on to win first in state in solo snare drum as a teen and functioned as percussion section leader for a variety of concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, pit bands and more. During this time MAKAIO began his own songwriting with “Stimulus”, “How the World Shines Bright” and “Just Playin'”, to name a few.
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 from within that select group to be one of just a handful of students to work personally with the esteemed Sir Benjamin Kingsley (Ghandhi, Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, etc.) who personally directed MAKAIO as Romeo in an excerpt of Shakespeare's 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 and esteemed School of Music conservatory at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, USA. There his songwriting blossomed, as did his musical abilities, and he went on to graduate with Honors in Music Performance.
Today MAKAIO continues to experiment with and explore a variety of musical forms and theatrical experiences. In addition to music, he has written several plays and musicals including a dramatically staged theatrical production showcasing his own music to sold out performances at the IO Theater. MAKAIO has been influenced by bands of all genres and especially those with an experimental, "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 incorporate 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.
We hope you, too, will experience and enjoy MAKAIO! MAKAIO would love to bring his musical performance to you! Please, contact MAKAIO for more information!