HIRIE to bring taste of Hawaii to Ames


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Because of her father’s work with the United Nations, Hirie spent time in the Philippines and Italy before settling in Hawaii.

Tanner Owens

A unique artist aims to bring a taste of Hawaii and warm weather to Iowa State’s Maintenance Shop Nov. 1.

Reggae pop artist HIRIE, headed by Hirie, combine classic reggae instrumentals characterized by a silky bass line, steel drums and a chirpy guitar riff. What separates HIRIE from other reggae artists are the clever ways in which Hirie changes classic reggae-style to keep it fresh and appealing to younger audiences.

Elements of rock can be found in some of the artist’s songs, such as in the song “Wandering Soul,” which ends in explosive fashion with an uptempo drum and bongo rhythm duo and a bellowing horns section. “Wandering Soul” is the opening track of Hirie’s last album, which shares its name with the opening song and was released in 2016.

The eclectic singer’s group does not neglect songs of slower tempo and careful instrumentation however. The band shows an impressive amount of versatility in producing slow-dance worthy songs such as “Good Vibrations (feat. Travis Hall).”

A fine example of the band’s slight changes in today’s reggae is in “Good Vibrations,” where a traditional bass guitar is replaced with a more dubstep-inspired bass sound that wobbles and contorts in ways a bass guitar would be unable to.

I think reggae is so universal and can blend with anything,” Hirie said in a Reggae Around the World interview. “Because I feel I bring a pop-side to my reggae songs, I am most interested in blending those two genres together.  I would love to experiment with dancehall and folk music. I’m open to anything, really.”

Hirie adds to the already flavorful rhythms and melodies with a smooth voice that shares many characteristics similar to pop-superstar Ariana Grande. Hirie has made waves in the reggae realm, leading a resurgence of the genre in mainstream music culture. HIRIE currently has amassed 97,000 followers on Instagram, putting her among the ranks of other influential reggae artists such as Beres Hammond.

Tickets for the event are available at Midwesttix.com or at the door on Nov 1. Tickets are $14 for the public and $10 for students with an ISU ID. Doors for the show open at 7:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8.