The breadcrumb trail began in March. Each Friday, Miko "Okim" Quinones dropped a single via his Soundcloud page, leading listeners up to his EP, "The Wait Is Over." It sure is for the 28 year-old California resident with strong Guam ties.
"I haven't released anything in two years now. I've been in and out of certain situations and I'm finally stepping forward, releasing all of this on my own with different partners I have relationships with now."
"Pardon My Fancy" was the first lick off "The Wait is Over," featuring the wisps of Tori Stylez. She leads you into Okim's ever-evolving brand of hip-hop, backed by a heavy bass drop and modern EDM mix.
"I really get turned on with the EDM music now because I feel like there's so much into it and that's the new wave of music coming out. That's at least how I see it. It's a more electronic infused hip hop, what I like to call it."
This past New Year's Eve, Okim tested his new material on stage, opening for Snoop Dogg on his Puff Puff Pass Tour Part 2 tour at the Hard Rock Café.
"That was the kickoff with this new music I'm coming up with. It got me excited and put the main stamp on that I want to release this new music because it's totally different than what I've been doing before."
Before includes a decade of producing music and dabbling in hip-hop, R&B, reggae and funk infusions. It came via his father, a longtime music producer who played with Big Mountain and even worked with Snoop.
"I've been pulled in different directions with different influences and this new EP is a mix between everything I've ever done."
Okim's Guam connection links with his grandparents who were both born and raised here. He still has plenty of family on island, including those of the Ogo, Imaizumi, Chaco and Carbullido clans. He hasn’t been to Guam in nearly a decade and hopes the buzz will help grow his Guam audience.
"I'd love to come out there and one of my buddies told me there are a couple of big festivals out there. If I can get into contact with somebody and actually come out and play for everybody, that would be amazing."
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