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Kahuna Kawentzmann

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- Kahuna Kawentzmann (aka Sebastian Hartmann) has been recording surf music since 1988
- the album “Cool Surfin’” was released in 1994 with The Looney Tunes band (Hamburg, Germany)
- two more albums followed: “Modern Sounds of…” and “Beyond The Dune” (’95 and ’97 respectively)
- various line-ups of the band made small tours in Germany, until the summer of 1998, when the band broke up
- in the summer of 2002 Kahuna Kawentzmann moved to Berlin from Hamburg


The Looney Tunes were more or less a traditional surf-band, featuring the proper vintage equipment and line-ups from three to five members.

The material was about one third Kahuna Kawentzmann tunes, one third surf classics and one third oddities, like german 60s soundtrack themes channeled through Kahuna Kawentzmann’s reverbed Fender Jaguar guitar.

The range of influences in Kahuna Kawentzmann’s solo projects is a good deal wider.
While always aiming at a early/mid 60s sound impression, he incorporates spaceage-bachelor-pad-music and exotica, soul and funk, and modern touches of breakbeats and dub echos.

A few people that influenced Kahuna Kawentzmann’s approach towards his music are of course the classic surf and rock’n’roll heroes like Elvis, Link Wray, Dick Dale and Cliff Gallup, but also guitarist/producers like Les Paul, Vincent Bell, Al Caiola and Ladi Geisler.
Long running influences on the German guitarist’s production-style come from Joe Meek and Phil Spector on one side, and Jazz (f.e. Cal Tjader) and 60s big bands (f.e. Bert Kaempfert) on the other. The naturally balanced soundscapes of the latter two are increasingly reflected in the more recent recordings, while The Tiki & The Guitar sculptures each individual track more freeform.

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