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You could pick Anton Glamb out of a crowd. Sporting his long locks and In4mation hat or bearded face and aloha shirt, gold jacket and sunglasses, Glamb has style. He’s different and I mean that in the best way possible. Just when you think he’s goin’ zig he zags. He’s got character. And trying to define him is like trying to remember the plot twist in a movie you saw while incredibly high. You remember it was good, there were a lot of different parts and you know there was so much more to it but you can’t bring yourself to explain it to someone else. Well, here’s my futile attempt.

Glamb was raised on the Windward side of Oahu in the town of Kailua. He was pretty musical from a young age, penning his first song on the piano around age 6. A few years later he moved on to the trumpet and was learning Van Morrison songs like “Moon Dance” purely by ear. Glamb moved through genres of music in high school with various bands from punk rock to jazz and accidentally landing on electronic. His introduction to the latter came about when his drummer, Jon Leland (now of The Skeletons) moved away from Hawaii and replacements were hard to come by. Glamb made due with an electronic drum kit, thus opening up a whole other side of music for him. Music seems to be a lasting medium he’ll carry throughout life but we’ll come back to that later.

Glamb was a wrestler in high school and he was good, but after a broken arm put him out of commission for a bit, he felt like the once supportive coaches were more about the sport than him. So he traded in his singlet for some puffy shoes and a skateboard and hasn’t looked back since. “I pretty much grew up at 808Skate.” he tells me with a tinge of nostalgia in his voice. “I’d skate to 808, watch skate videos, skate some more, and then

go home.” He was sponsored by them in his first year of high school, lifting the burden of buying decks and equipment and fully allowing him to focus on the sport itself. Glamb became part of a team of skaters that 808skate would continue to endorse for years. Glamb’s appearance in It’s 8:08 is now kind of legendary. Check out his part on youtube/808skatetv where he describes his day-to-day in NYC and skates the interior of a subway car.

Then Glamb got accepted to the Ivy Leagues. That’s right kids, he’s wicked smaaht. He started attending Columbia University in New York City where it feels almost fated that he pursued music. “I was originally there for pre-med but I didn’t want to look back and wonder what would’ve happened if I didn’t pursue music.” And what better place to test the waters than a musical mecca like NYC. Glamb started composing music for various outlets like The Julliard School where he collaborated with choreographer Michelle Mola on her senior project which was a year long endeavor. This is where Glamb says

“I realized you could do more with music than just playing shows. There are different applications for it.”

Glamb has a way of making music that makes you curious. It’s a great formula when you think about it: the perfect promotion, just one more of his prodigious talents. He was deep in the Brooklyn scene promoting various shows, music, and art for nearly 8 years. Whether it be electronic, funk, jazz, and even Jawaiian, Glamb puts on a good live show. Perhaps that’s why he was voted New York City’s#2 college performer by a panel of industry pros at Rock the Vote Battle of the Bands in 2004. He’s headlined at places like The Knitting Factory and CBGB’s before it closed down. He’s also opened for acts like Method Man, Mickey Avalon, Wiz Khalifa, and Redman not to mention collaborations with groups like Das Rascist. Glamb is across the board with the talent to back it and the skills to promote it. He’s had 4 albums and is currently working on a few projects, one being an acid jazz band with Nick Kaleikini called Glambikini. Another current project he describes as “a ukulele hip hop album” is in the works with Japanese rapper Shing02, who he met through Pow!Wow!Hawai’i. “He {Shing02}makes me feel like I gotta step it up.” Step it up? Dude! As if those two projects weren’t enough Glamb has also shifted back to composing for dance, working with a dance company called Keia. Most recently he not only composed but also participated with Keia in a modern dance performance. “We wanted to do dance that was non-sexual modern dance and bring it out of an auditorium type of setting where you sit down in a chair and the lights go down.. have it be where the dance is more involved in the crowd.” Friends of mine who saw it compared it to “watching a kick-ass band play.” He references Daft Punk’s “Around the World” video and I immediately get it.

This whole bundle of information was revealed to me over a phone call with Glamb after his first day of medical school where he was one of 66 students accepted in a sea of 2,200. Step it up, Anton? More like slow it down, kid, you’re making me dizzy.

If you see this character wandering around Chinatown, I’m warning you now that you don’t know half of what this guy can do. Spend an hour with him, watch him chug a beer in 5 seconds, be utterly entertained by his demeanor and then listen to him describe the music he composed as “the exhilaration you feel after hiking to the top of a mountain and you can see in all directions.” You might just get hooked. Girls, you might become groupies, guys you might want to bro down. Cause there’s passion there. There’s intelligence. And there’s that rare notch of apathetic bravery that people are attracted to when someone just is who they are and they don’t care what you think. And now that Glamb is pursuing his original education plan of medicine, look out Honolulu, there’ll be no cooler doctor than Anton Glamb and perhaps by then that’ll be the only definition he’ll need.