Paddlebots was born out of a college friendship between Kortez Buckner and Haruki Hakoyama – two remarkably different individuals who came together through a shared love and vision for music. Haruki’s upbringing in the world of jazz and the gospel/pop/soul influences that made up the soundtrack of Kortez’s life have coalesced into a sound that brings the best of these sensibilities together.
In collaboration with their immensely gifted friends Andy, Dom, Mike, Zakariya, Ethan, Adam, and Conor, Paddlebots has forged a unique sound combining the accessibility of soul and pop with the sharp musicianship of funk and jazz that can be referred to simply as “Progressive Soul-Pop”.
Paddlebots seeks to bring good feels and great vibes through their music, and nowhere is this more present than during their electric live performances. Groove-heavy rhythm backing horn-driven melodies over soulful vocals - it’s a recipe that is as unique as it is undeniable.
“Paddlebots will be perceived as a headlining band who can deliver that knock out punch of positive energy, enthusiasm, joy, and freakin’ boogie that every event so desperately hopes to capture.”
“A refreshing sound that’s uplifting and groovy... Paddlebots uncorks dynamic and complex tracks with a backsplash of funky grooves.”
New Single - Monochrome Love
June 29 | Ann Arbor Summer Festival | Ann Arbor, MI
July 9 | Tuesday Evening Music Club at Meijer Gardens | Grand Rapids, MI
July 14 | The Filling Station | Charlevoix, MI
July 24 | Marshbank Music Series | West Bloomfield, MI