Interview with Tiffany Rose Brown


Tiffany Rose Brown was born to a man of science and a woman of faith while The Clash was in its prime. She spent her youngest years as a little old lady and is making up for wasted time. She grew up on the West Side of the Big Island, where she currently resides as an artist-at-large producing charity benefits, teaching theatre, acting out, writing poems, drawing pictures, learning things, and singing her heart out.

Tiffany Rose Brown is currently singing as part of an acoustic duo with the always ripping David Lawrence of The Green Machine in Kona, Hawaii.



Tiffany Rose Brown was born to a man of science and a woman of faith while The Clash was in its prime. She spent her youngest years as a little old lady and is making up for wasted time. She grew up on the West Side of the Big Island, where she currently resides as an artist-at-large producing charity benefits, teaching theatre, acting out, writing poems, drawing pictures, learning things, and singing her heart out.

Tiffany Rose Brown is currently singing as part of an acoustic duo with the always ripping David Lawrence of The Green Machine in Kona, Hawaii 

M&S: How is it to live surrounded in Kona by so great musicians like Pepper, Iration, Kimie, Splinta, Southern Cumiford and Tiffany Rose Brown and David Lawrence of course?
Tiffany Rose Brown: Kona is such a hotbed for truly extraordinary people! It’s inspiring and humbling and exciting to live here… I feel really lucky to personally know a lot of my own musical influences. I love watching everyone come up. Those artists have literally soundtracked my life, and been huge inspirations for my own progress and projects… There is something so rad about watching someone get an idea, set it in motion, and have it carry them around the world. There’s also this really great feeling of swelling with pride, being in the middle of all these people working hard and making things happen for themselves and making music that moves the masses. Watching them improve and evolve and share the love, and it’s like, they’re from here. I’m from here. YES!

M&S: What do you have to say about FIRNlife from Hawaii?

Tiffany Rose Brown: I am so proud of Haj's work and his philosophy. I think the first step in fighting ignorance is teaching respect, and he strives for that with raising awareness in his campaign. He's really, really supportive of a lot of events here locally that are good for the keiki and the aina. FIRN!

M&S: How would you describe your music?

Tiffany Rose Brown: Two words: In progress! Ha ha… I am learning so much right now and really trying to hone in on how I want to sound. Those songs were fun for me to do… But now the first one is probably pushing five years old? Wow. We did the other one much later, so that’s getting up there in the years too. The new things I’m working on are really eclectic. I’m in a much better place to communicate exactly what I want my music to sound like, which I didn’t really have the chops for back then.  I was really lucky to get hooked up with Glen, and then Felts and Stryker from XXXVII... they have a lot of the same sensibilities that I do and took those in a good direction. I think my music is honest. And sometimes angry. Hehe. I don’t want to be an angry artist, but I find that when I’m angry is mostly when I write, because I’ll explode if I don’t. I rarely write when I’m stoked, cause I’m busy off somewhere being stoked. I’ve been riding this extreme high over the last year or so, and so writing has been at a standstill for a while… Overall, I like to think of myself as Truth, Soul, and Rock and Roll.

M&S: When did you start to make music?

Tiffany Rose Brown: I feel like I haven’t really started yet! I’ve got all this unfinished stuff floating around… I first began singing when the boys were playing out in Cali probably ten or twelve years ago? They would indulge me from time to time, which was really encouraging. But I was terrible. We recorded those Keroselle songs on the net and I still didn’t really know what I was doing. Well, even now I still don’t know what I’m doing… but those were my first originals. I’ve always been a writer, but I didn’t start writing songs till about five years ago. I didn’t start singing in a real way until I met David Lawrence, and we are just coming up on a year of performing together.

M&S: When will you release new music?

Tiffany Rose Brown: Hopefully soon! I’m fleshing out a couple of originals right now and hoping to polish them up with Bret this winter.

M&S: How is being very close friend of Kaleo Wassman and Pepper ohana?

Tiffany Rose Brown: Ahhh, brotherrr! Kaleo has been such a huge blessing in my life, one of my staunchest supporters and sagest advisors. He has given me so many advantages and opportunities and experiences that have changed my life and shaped who I am. Letting me cut my teeth on a real stage. In serious studios. Watching big producers work. Working with professionals. And small things. Knowing my role. Sharing a space. Giving back. I went through a rough patch in LA where I was really sad, and I’d be driving on the 101 and hear myself on KROQ?! And I’d remember, “wow, my friends do cool shit, and I get to be a part of that, and actually maybe I’m not sad at all…” It’s nice to be close with one of your heroes. I admire him for many things. But especially his work ethic. He is super driven, and keeps me motivated and inspired. Not just musically, but in all areas of my life. I’ve watched him sacrifice a lot and work very hard for a really long time, and it’s set a good standard for me.

M&S: Do you know anything about a new reunion of Arena Productions?

Tiffany Rose Brown: Oh my goodness wouldn’t that be rad?!

M&S: What you can say about the localism in Hawaii?

Tiffany Rose Brown: I’ve always been really fortunate not to have to deal with that. Kona is a relatively small community that I’m really active in, so I’ve never had trouble moving around. I think mostly around here, you get respect where you give it. Respect is HUGE. There are people who have been here a short time that do so much for our community and are widely embraced, and then others who were born and raised and after a lifetime here still seem not to know the rules… so the lines of what is “local” get blurred. When I think Local, I think Aloha. I think Malama. I think Kokua. I find Hawaii to be really inclusive. People experience acceptance or rejection based on the merit of their character. I mean, I know it used to be another way. But pretty much these days you only get problems if you make them, and you get what you give.

M&S: Did you make a short film called Feed the Cat? Will you continue acting?

Tiffany Rose Brown: Oh yes… Feed the Cat. My first and only film short! That was a fun project I got to do with really cool people I used make theatre with in Santa Barbara. In my real life, I’m a stage actress… I miss it very much. I produce The Vagina Monologues as a charity benefit for our local women’s shelter every year, and that’s really the only time I get back in the theatre. I’m working on a film right now for Rockwood and Darkline Films here in Kona. I’m super nervous about it. Film is a crazy foreign unexplored world that I have no idea about, so I really wanted to do this project and get my feet wet. I’m also writing a solo performance piece called The Lens and Villains: A Closer Look at Suck, which takes a look at how villains emerge and evolve and what their appeal is. But I finished the first three scenes and got really stoked! And when I'm stoked I don't write. And so I haven’t touched it since. Someday…




Tiffany, Bret (of Pepper) and friends

Tiffany and Kaleo of Pepper
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