"OVERCOME THE 'HOW COMES' AND OUT COMES THE INCOME"
Samson “Spoox” Malani (born and raised in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi), also known as Grindman, or Spookahuna, is an accomplished entrepreneur, music executive, and family man.
Spoox and his “brother from another mother”, Doug Farrar, founded their first company, Tiki Entertainment in 2001 and achieved immediate industry recognition with the release of Big Teeze’s “808 Ho’s”, Free Floers “420″, and their top selling and music award-winning Hawaii Hip Hop compilation, “Tiki Entertainment presents The Revolution”.
Their persistent drive, intense focus, and entrepreneurial spirit led to Tiki Entertainment signing 23 acts spreading out over 5 musical genres and releasing 13 albums in a 4 year span including Spoox's own solo debut, “HiStory in the making: Chapter 1″.
They achieved notable success with their 2005 award-winning releases of Parc Cyde (Loved by some, Hated by many, Respected by all) and J Bird (My Life) and the 2006 release of Krystilez (The O) which featured the hit singles, “Shake” and “Bloodline”.
Due to the unpredictable and constantly changing music industry, the company restructured itself in 2007 to form Tiki Entertainment Artist Marketing & Management, which handled all aspects of their roster's representation and publishing. “TEAMM’s” recording artists, accompanied by Spoox's beat-knock and Toby’s acoustic and reggae background, satisfied Hawaii’s craving for an all original urban-island sound the natives could finally call their own (now known as “Hibred” or “Urban Island” music).
After some business setbacks and unpredicted hardships, which included his longtime partner and brother being locked up on some bullsh*t, Spoox returned to the sanctuary of his recording studio where he completed his second and third albums, “Nu Batu” and “Grindman” and both within a week of each other. Nu Batu released in 2009 and instantly landed a 3 song placement in the movie, “One Kine Day”. His latter album, “Grindman”, which is his term for “Hustler” has yet to be released.
Between 2010-2014, Spoox undertook different entrepreneurial endeavors (even taking on a position as an Executive Director at Hawaiʻi's largest broad-line distributor), but in 2015 he made his way back to the music.
Or maybe, music made its way back to him.
Spoox became part of Kailua Music School through a partnership with his cousin "pipelineaudio" (Aaron Carey), who had been the school's Managing Director since 2011. The cousins took over ownership of the business from it’s previous owner, Bob "Frosty" Frost, who has since retired from the operation, but still maintains an active role in the school's community involvement. The duo has furthered their facility in Windward Oʻahu to not only provide the Gift of Music, but to also afford Creators from all-walks-of-life a superior environment conducive to Arts, Technology, and Culture.
Spoox is also involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures ranging from Apparel to Logistics, and is an active director with several large philanthropic non-profit organizations (one of which he founded).
For Spoox, his life’s work has only just begun. He sums up his gratitude and hustle in his own words, “Aloha Forward!”, which is also his personal life motto, and it’s what he named his non-profit community organization after.
“Aloha Forward” is what Spoox truly lives by, and it’s two words you’ll hear him say everyday.