Based on the Big Island of Hawaii, Rubbah Slippah Productions provides services in all aspects of the music business. Established in 2005, "RSP" is owned and operated by Na Hoku Hanohano award winning recording artist and music producer, Ryan Hiraoka. With a Bachelor of Arts in Music and over two decades of live music experience, Ryan and the RSP brand continues to be an influential part of the Hawaii music industry.
Ryan first got his start as a bass player for the world renowned Honokaa jazz band. This is where he met friends Jon Hart & now Grammy award winner Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing. Together they formed a blues band called "Strange Groove." As freshman in high school, the band toured the Big Island night club scene & quickly became a local success. The boys then teamed up with friends Jesse Ho'opai, Darrell "Bulla" Kanekoa, & Jeremy Carvalho to form a reggae group called "Kane O Kaleo." As a reggae act, they were able to perform as openers for many of Hawaii's biggest names.
A few years later, Ryan began performing regularly as a bass player for RJ Kaneao, Pomai & Leoka, & Damon Williams. As well as temporarily sharing the stage with acts like ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, reggae rap pioneers B.E.T., island hit makers The Manoa Company & the legendary Fiji. After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BA in Music, Ryan formed his own music production company & began working on his debut album. Ryan's "Big Island Music" album produced his first hit single "Big island Ladies" & the rest is history.
Ryan has produced music for many of Hawaii's top recording artists such as Bruddah Waltah, Ilona Irvine, Sudden Rush, Damon Williams, & Pomai Longakit. His music production company has helped to launch the careers of Big island recording artists such as Maelan Abran, Mark Saito, Preston Lee, Micah De Aguiar, & Rappa Nui. Ryan is currently making a name for himself as a song writer & has co written songs with national acts such as Katie Herzig, Brian Fennel, & Richard Harris. He has also done vocal work for DJ Cheapshot & the Math Club. Ryan's music can be heard on national tv show "Sleepy Hallow," Neflix show "Terrace House: Aloha State," & an "Ancestry" advertisement in Canada.
-"Before My Last Breath" by Ryan Hiraoka wins Na Hoku hanahana award for best R&B album of the year.
-"Irresistible" by Maelan Abran (Produced by Ryan Hiraoka) featured on national tv show "Sleepy Hallow."
-"Hawaii" by Ryan Hiraoka & Izik Moreno (Written by Ryan Hiraoka, Izik Moreno, & Sebastian Hughes) bought by Disney.
-"Fighting For Love" by Ryan Hiraoka featured on Netflix show "Terrace House: Aloha State."
-"Something To Believe In" by Katie Herzig (Written by Ryan Hiraoka, Katie Herzig, & Brent Magstadt) featured on Ancestry ad in Canada.