Paradox Lockdown
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Paradox Lockdown

Costa Mesa, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Costa Mesa, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Rock R&B




"The Garden Island"

A scream blurted out from Jonathan during the middle of his vocals.
A look from a father in the audience.
A kick of the microphone stand prior to belting out a lyric.
These are but a few career highlights of the band members in the local group Paradox Lockdowns – so far. The four Kauai musicians between the ages of 17 and 19 are banking on a whole lot more. Next week, they will go all in with a kitty of about $20,000 for “starter funds” on their adventure to California. High hopes and one-way tickets are fueling their ambitions to be the next noted indie band.
“We can’t think of anything else,” said the band’s leader Cameron Williamson, singer/songwriter/keyboard player.
The 17-year-old Kapaa High School graduate is considered the group’s “hopeless optimist.”
Zack Silva, a 2013 Kauai High School graduate is “The worrier” and plays the drums.
And Jonathan Obiano, a 2014 Kapaa High School graduate and singer/keyboard player, is thought to be “the emotional one.”
The group’s bass player Kai Olson, a 2013 Kauai High School graduate, is considered the group’s “comic relief.”
And when you put them together on stage, they are in the zone.
“I just like being on the stage,” Williamson said. “It’s all about putting the emotions and energy into the song and giving the best performance I can give.”
They would love to be touring. But for now, they said they would be happy to make money, making music.
“We’re not on the super fast track to fame,” Obiano said. “We just want to be able to live off our music.”
While Obiano’s goal is to be successful and happy, Silva wants to keep having fun, because that is why he loves performing. He’s been into music since he was 5 years old and played piano. Now, he is passionate about the drums.
“I love to rage and go hard,” Silva said.
The drummer used to look up at the age of 8 and see his dad on stage in the group he performed in named Rumbletone.
“I thought my Dad was the bull,” Silva said.
He has switched places with his dad, who watches from the audience.
“Now, he thinks I’m the bull,” Silva said.
Earlier this year the band, which formed in 2010, was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for their CD “Dateless in July” in the alternative music category.
Williamson’s song, “Mona Lisa,” took third place this year at the Kauai Music Festival, where he and the band also performed.
The four performers will share a two-bedroom home in Costa Mesa while they pursue their dreams. They say they don’t have a stereotypical band lifestyle.
“We’re all pretty goody two shoes,” Williamson said.
“We’re not what you’d expect from a rock band,” Obiano added.
He summed up what he thinks is the worst thing that could happen to them on the Mainland.
“We all hate each other and the band breaks up,” Obiano said with a laugh and one of those dimpled smiles.
Williamson and Obiano can be seen performing at the Pau Hana Grill and Bar in Kapaa from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight for the last time before they head to California on Sept. 6.
Info: - Lisa Ann Capozzi

"Paradox Lockdown locks in Debut Album"

The biggest problem for the members of Paradox Lockdown is how to meet up for a rehearsal. Half the members of the teenage band are too young to drive. Despite this hurdle, the band manages to meet for a three-hour rehearsal marathon in preparation for their CD release.
Paradox Lockdown celebrates the release of their debut CD, “Battlefield of Broken Hearts,” 7 p.m. Saturday at Lihu‘e Missionary Church. The all-ages concert is a fundraiser for the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank and is an alcohol-free event.
The band is made up of Cameron Willamson (guitar and lead vocals), 14, Jonathan Obiano (keyboards/synthesizer and vocals), 15, Zack Silva (bass), 16 and Nick Trpkovski (drums), 16. Seventeen-year-old rapper Ion Avadanei (aka Str8lyrical) collaborated with the band on the title track, “Battlefield of Broken Hearts.”
The six-track album, which was released in May, has successfully garnered an underground following on island, with a few tracks popping up on KQNG’s radio airwaves.
“The day it was supposed to play on the radio was the same day (Harold Camping) predicted the end of the world,” Williamson said. “I thought, ‘Hey, might as well go out getting played on the radio.’”
The band’s debut CD explores themes of love, fame and the uncertainty of the future. While the band describes their music as pop/rock, hints of techno, hip-hop and R&B shine through in their music. The band isn’t afraid to experiment with different genres, and already plan a follow up CD.
Obiano and Williamson co-wrote most of the songs. The duo met in middle school and started performing together. A year later, Silva and Trpkovski came into the group. “Battlefield of Broken Dreams” is the result of nine months of collaboration, four of which were spent rehearsing and recording demos.
“I didn’t know we were even making an album,” Silva said. “We always called them demos, so it was kind of a shock to me.”
What was more shocking to the band was the success of the album, which is available to download on iTunes.
“Sales have been good,” joked Trpkovski to a laughing room.
“They’re super young to have a successful album,” Avadanei said. “It’s a huge accomplishment.”
Like their name, each member of Paradox Lockdown bring their unique talents to the band.
Williamson and Obiano, both who have played the piano since they were eight, write their songs on the piano, rather than the guitar. When they compose songs, the band focuses on melodies and harmonies, rather than belting out a tune.
Silva has been involved with music since he was seven, and Trpkovski said he was forced to play the violin, flute and piano, but abandoned these instruments as quickly as he started. He knew he found his love for percussion when he banged on the drums of the video game Rock Band four years ago.
Avadanei has been rapping since he was 15.
“I’ve been influenced by old school rappers — the ones that have a message, not the ones who rap about women and money,” Avadanei said. “Anyone can make a melody with rhymes. If it has a message in it, it’s more meaningful.”
The budding musicians are building a steady fan base (Obiano jokes he’s been signing autographs since he stole his eighth-grade talent show), and they said they plan on sticking together.
When asked what advice they have for young musicians, Williamson said music isn’t an all-or-nothing career.
“Music is meant to be heard and written, not locked into a closet,” he said. “It might not be your first try, or your second try, or your third try, or your 10th try, but the 11th try could be your lucky day,” Williamson said.
“Keep your dreams and ambitions alive,” offered Avadanei, who moved from Romania four-and-a-half years ago. “I had to learn English, and I didn’t think I could rap.”
The band is already planning a follow-up album, but their lips are tightly sealed about it.
Paradox Lockdown’s CD release concert is 7 p.m. Saturday at Lihu‘e Missionary Church, located at 4383 Rice Street (next to the Chevron gas station).
3 Minute Warning, The Buddy System and The Amplified Silence opens. Admission is free with a canned good donation for the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.
The last benefit concert Paradox Lockdown raised 300 pounds of canned goods. They hope to double this amount during Saturday’s concert.
“Battlefield of Broken Hearts” will be available for sale for $5, with $1 of every sale going to the Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank.

Search iTunes to purchase Paradox Lockdown’s CD.
- Garden Island Newspaper


Battlefield of Broken Hearts (EP 2011)
Alive (EP 2012)
Daleless In July (LP 2013)



In 2010, Paradox Lockdown never pictured themselves in the midst of Southern California’s music scene. At the release of their debut Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) nominated album Dateless In July in 2013, it had become clear to the band: their beautiful home of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i is an amazing place to live—unless you’re a rock band. With a change of scenery, the band’s style matured, combining the wide range of musical tastes and talents of each member, into contemporary Indie Blues Rock with R&B influences. At the helm of the group is songwriter, producer, synth and guitar player Cameron Williamson and songwriter, vocalist, and lead guitarist Jon-Jon Obiano. The third founding member, drummer Zack Silva, and bassist Kai Olson make up the backbeat of Paradox Lockdown’s style. With the release of their latest, self-titled EP on August 4, 2015 comes an exciting new adventure for this young band.

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