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Local Music Monday: Emily Hagihara

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For this week’s installment of Local Music Monday DeBraun Thomas features a musician with a long career ahead of her.

Emily Hagihara is a multi-instrumentalist Lexington native. Hagihara began playing piano at age 10 and began playing percussion in middle school. Hagihara says music was always around her growing up and as she matured her attachment to music matured as well.

“I think I was also just really into sound in general so, what started out as just hearing records became producing sound on an instrument and I was really, really drawn to that and then later down the line was really into creating, so I just loved playing around for hours on the piano.”

In addition to playing piano and percussion, Hagihara also plays bass and guitar. These talents have led her to be in multiple bands including Chico Felini and Ancient Warfare. Hagihara is also a session musician and has collaborated musicians such as Rock and Roots artist Jim James. When it comes to her own songwriting Hagihara says it is where she brings all her talents together.

“I’ll try and finish a music idea on the instrument first before I really get into vocals cause I like for the, obviously the marriage of that to be really fluid but I like the idea of constructing the song in parts and really focusing on those parts individually.

Emily Hagihara performs with Chico Fellini and Ancient Warfare in addition performing her own material. Ancient Warfare’s album The Pale Horse will be released later in 2014. More information about Emily Hagihara and  Ancient Warfare can be found here.

DeBraun Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age but only had interest in working in radio after learning Funk musician Sly Stone got his start in radio. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio. Thomas joined WRFL in 2009 and through the UK school of Journalism, Thomas had 2 features air on WUKY. In October of 2012, Thomas began interning at WUKY and produced the Unghosting of Medgar Evers. In August of 2013 Thomas became a staff member at WUKY and since that time, Thomas regularly produces the weekly segment Local Music Mondays which highlights local musicians in Lexington. Thomas hosts the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturday nights at 9pm and also produced a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, Thomas also explores his other passion as a musician in Lexington.
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