Eden Hurlston: Drumming to his own beat

Singer and musician Eden Hurlston is at the center of much that’s musical in Cayman. A member of Oneworld Entertainment company, he is part of popular local band Little Magic and this year formed Funk Republik.  

He is also a regular member of a drummer trio featuring artist Randy Chollette.  

Weekender grabbed him for some thoughts on his projects during 2014 and what he has planned in 2015.  

Any releases this year?  

Little Magic is getting ready to go into the studio. Jose Zambrano is an incredible pianist and singer and is a new member of our live music family. Funk Republik is a new seven-piece funk jazz band that we’ve put together with incredible musicians. Its been a very exciting year. 

Any good reviews this year?  

Funk Republik got some great reviews on closing the show at the NCVO telethon. It was great to hear that after so many great acts took to the stage for such a great cause. Little Magic got some nice reviews as well after our rock show to open Pirate’s Rock at Green Parrot. That was a really fun show!  

What was your favorite gig you played in 2014?  

There were two really. Firstly, the Red Sky at Night festival hosted by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. Such a fun gig and an amazing event. Then in April, Funk Republik got to open for The Yellowjackets at Jazz on the Green. That was awesome! Getting smiles and handshakes from those guys after our set was a real highlight. Then they got on stage and showed everyone what fusion music is all about.  

What do you have lined up for 2015? 

Little Magic is at Camana Bay’s Artisan Market, held the first Wednesday of each month (5-7 p.m.), and we’re hosting a new musicians’ showcase at Lonestar on Wednesdays (9 p.m-midnight), plus we’re bringing some new combos to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Mainly, however, playing lots of diverse music with awesome players at a high level and improving as a musician.  

How has Cayman’s music scene developed in 2014, and what else can be done to help musicians? 

We continue to grow in diversity and depth, however we need to grow in unity too. That, and make more original music, more collaborations and more well-thought-out locally produced showcases, like Red Sky, Rotary’s Extravaganza and NVCO Telethon.  

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Eden Hurlston, left, with drummers Damion Thaxter and Randy Chollette.

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