In 2010, I started a blog about obscure music from Hawaii, Aloha Got Soul. The blog grew to become a record label in 2015 and because of the time I've devoted to ensuring its success, I've admittedly neglected my personal website.
Here's my attempt to bring some relevant info about myself back to the webspace.
Roger Bong (he/him/his) launched Aloha Got Soul as a blog in 2010 after graduating college with a journalism degree and — more importantly — after hearing DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks mix. Roger's love for story, sound and design has turned the blog into an independent record label that champions all genres and generations of music from Hawaii. He and his wife, Leimomi Bong, run the label from Honolulu. They opened a brick-and-mortar record shop, AGS Honolulu, in June 2021.
I oversee and execute every aspect of Aloha Got Soul, from licensing, production, curation, design, and... well, everything.
My label has afforded me opportunities to select music for unique settings, DJ various events, and host regular radio broadcasts.
When I have the free time, I design for a multitude of aspects for my business, including logos, layouts, websites and more.
In recent years, I've been given the opportunity to create sound-based artwork for exhibitions and nationwide organizations.
It's been a lifelong love affair, the camera and I. Nowadays I prefer to capture everyday moments that we might otherwise miss.
For 4 years, I had a day job as videographer where I learned to shoot and edit with laser-like precision and speed.