Kore Ionz (pronounced kor-EYE-ons) is the project of Hawaii-born singer-songwriter and producer Daniel Pak. The Seattle Weekly describes his voice as sounding “like it was birthed right in the heart of New Orleans, with enough jazz heart to lead a Jamaican revolution of peace and love.” Along with his Seattle-based band, Pak has shared the stage with The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, and many more of reggae’s founding fathers since dropping his first album of island style melodies and rhythms in 2008.
Kore Ionz will release the new single “Superhero” in February 2017 on their label Fire Spider. Pak teamed up once again with filmmaker Terrence Jeffrey Santos (Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, The Otherside) to produce the music video for the single, which tackles the themes of police brutality, rape culture, and domestic violence, all to the beat of an uplifting reggae song with the tag “I will rescue you.”
“We’re all born with love,” says Pak. “We’re also born with fear. But nobody was born with hate. Hate is learned. Every time I sing a song, I’m just trying to put out more love and aloha to combat the hate. Cause it’s out there. Bringing people together is the mission.”
Kore Ionz scored a hit in 2011 with the song “Love You Better,” which went to #1 on commercial radio in Hawai`i. The “poignant love letter,” as The International Examiner calls it, describes the emotions Pak felt just months before his first son was born. Also in 2011, Pak joined forces with renowned Seattle rapper Prometheus Brown (Blue Scholars) on “First Avenue.”
Members of Kore Ionz include Teo Shantz (drums), Masa Kobayashi (bass), Max Levin (keyboards), Owuor Arunga (trumpet), Darian Asplund (saxophone), and Greg Kramer (trombone).
Feels Good EP (2014)
World War Free (2011)
Love You Better EP (2011)
Half-Hour Revolution (2008)
Sweet Reggae Music (2011)