“I want to capture a point in time and let people forever live in that same moment,” -Pono Patoc.
So Roots is now spreading their special moment in time with the world. Originally formed by a group of
friends in high school from Honolulu, Hawaii, what started off as a monthly meeting about music they
loved, soon turned into something much greater. Their music has let them travel to different places and
meet new people everyday. Opening for bands such as Morgan Heritage, The Green, The Steppas, Maoli,
The Hot Rain Band, The Jimmy Weeks Project, and many more. The young band is zealous to see what the
future has in store for them.
Malama(Pono)maikalani Adrian Patoc, lead vocalist and keyboardist of So Roots, is finally
paving his own way through the reggae scene. Performing as a keyboardist with many artists/bands
including The Jimmy Weeks Project, Kiwini, Siaosi, Jah Maoli, Leilani Wolfgramm, and Iakopo to name a
few, his drive and persistence has taken So Roots music far beyond what anyone has anticipated. Royce
Kaneshiro, lead vocalist of So Roots, is another original member of the band. In high school, Royce and
Pono created a musical bond and together knew they would strive to accomplish their dreams. The pair
work diligently together to create “If I Can’t Have You” which received the most attention on their debut EP.
The success of So Roots thus far has been accomplished through hard work and perseverance.
Independently releasing their music, “Still Love You” was their introduction to the world in 2013. They then
released “Try”(featuring Rod Da Fire) in early 2014. Both singles would later appear on their debut EP
So Roots that was released on September 18, 2014 with no expectations of hitting the charts. The six-track
EP topped at number three on the iTunes reggae charts. Multiple songs from the EP received tremendous
attention from several local radio stations.
Following the release of their EP, the group sold out their Island Tour show in Maui. Continuing to gain
fans from across the globe exponentially, So Roots can’t wait to share the rest of their thoughts and music.