The youngest son of a Hawaiian father, who still plays in a cover band, and Irish mother, a dancer, Miso got the best of both, combining a lilting island sound with a poetic, story-telling folk sensibility in his music. Growing up surrounded by musical instruments, it was only natural that Kevin gravitated to drums and piano, and then—following an introduction to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood while still in high school—guitar. He got a glimpse of the vagaries of the music business from his sister, Maile Misajon, a member of Eden’s Crush, a David Foster-produced band formed on the WB TV series, Popstars, which included Nicole Scherzinger. That taught him to work from the ground up in an organic, grass-roots DIY way, rather than rely on a major label to supply its promotional muscle.
“My music comes by way of inspiration, rather than any kind of agenda,” he says of his sound, with influences ranging from ‘70s artists like James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon and the Eagles to current touchstones like Ben Harper, Ray LaMontagne and fellow surfer Jack Johnson. “It’s about being true to yourself, living in the moment.