Nick Yee

Host, Bridging the Gap

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both southern California and Honolulu.  In college he started DJ-ing around town, playing long acid jazz and bossa nova sets at various lounges under the name dj mr.nick.  He started to incorporate down tempo and electronic music into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy.

In addition to his club life, Nicholas has spent the last 7 years as a DJ for UH Mānoa’s KTUH, running one of its most popular radio shows The Jet Set. He has also served at KTUH in various capacities, including manager and educator.

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Using this evening to begin exploring the discoveries and additions I made at the Friends of the Library annual Music and Book Sale this past weekend. Once again this is going to be a 50/50 CD/Vinyl set, so there be a few bumps here and there.

Tonight's is Part 2 of our "Soundtrack to the End of the World".  A lot of these songs came up in my head on Saturday huddled in my shower waiting to die, or in the hours that followed.  So it's one part creative exercise, one part coping with our (new) nuclear reality, and one part humor.  Enjoy... and keep this thought in mind... "Turn onto politics, or politics will turn on you" (Ralph Nader).

I'm glad Saturday morning was just a drill, and I have to admit that the sky that day seemed a little bluer. Being a DJ, and a listener... music is the best therapy, and the best way to cope and often the best way to find answers in difficult and scary situations, so I'm taking the next two nights to play a few songs about what happened, what could happen, and of hope, direction, and a little bit of humor so that we may never experience a scare like that again.  It's our future, not the president's, not North Korea's...

Doing a half vinly- half CD set tonight for bridging the gap (since we only have one turntable in out air room) ahead of DJing the Friends of the Library Music and Books Sale this weekend.

Going themeless for tonight's session of Bridging the Gap, just picking a starting point and rolling.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap we're listening to a mixture of world music and western music united by a windy sound (which is totally going to be left up to one own interpretation... and is just a really poetic excuse to be playing music from Mongolia and a few other strange breezy cuts).

Tonight on Bridging the Gap I'm running through a lot of moods, songs and vibes pulled from soundtracks and other forms of entertainment.

Keeping the music and vibes nice and mellow for this Monday evening.


Spending Friday evening twirling around with a blend of electronic African percussion, mixed into Brazilian percussion, mixed into a little soul.

Thorge Berger
Thorge Berger

So last night was a world music show, skipping all over the place, but I ran out of time to play everything.  So tonight is going to pick up the trail, with more skipping across continents of sound.

So I'm feeling like turning out more of a world music heavy show this evening, so we'll be skipping all over the place.

The holiday's are finally over, so I can get back on track without themed shows and just let the music flow.

Happy 2018 to you! Tonight's show will be a mixture of songs that remind me of New Years, and starting over, turning over a new leaf, or just hope for better, or continuing times.

This is the January 2018 Bridging the Gap audio archive.  This page is for HPR staff reference only!

January 1st, 2018 

January 2nd, 2018 

January 3rd, 2018 

January 4th, 2018 

January 5th, 2018 

January 8th, 2018 

January 9th, 2018 

January 10th, 2018 

January 11th, 2018 

January 12th, 2018 

January 15th, 2018 

January 16th, 2018 

January 17th, 2018 

January 18th, 2018 

January 19th, 2018 

January 22nd, 2018 

January 23rd, 2018 

January 24th, 2018 

  Here we go with Part 3 of the Best of 2017... it's also my last show of the year.

For the next three evenings, we'll be listening back to the best songs of 2017 that were played on Bridging the Gap.  Tonight is Part 2.  I should note here, that they are not all new releases, and more a collection of favorites. Also, thy are being selected in random so there's no hierarchy over which is better than another.

For the next three evenings, we'll be listening back to the best songs of 2017 that were played on Bridging the Gap.  I should note here, that they are not all new releases, and more a collection of favorites.

Pushing through this rainy evening with selections of Soul, Jazz, (remixed) Jazz, and other tasty cuts to warm your wet evenings.   

Merry Christmas!  Tonight we're doing Christmas, and Christmas music in a Bridging the Gap style... including remixes, and other songs that remind me of the holidays.   

Happy Friday, and welcome to the Christmas weekend! Which promises to be crazy, stressful and full of love... So Merry Christmas in advance, and please be safe and decent to one another.  Tonight's show is going to be an upbeat mixture of songs with a few early Christmas gems sprinkled in.   

Happy Winter Soistice! Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap will be celebrating all things winter... I think.   


Nothing particular for tonight's session of Bridging the Gap, picking music on the fly, with special attention to new music and bands coming into the islands.   

It's a rainy (and possibly stormy) Tuesday evening.  So I'm mixing up songs about rain, storms, or just liquid for tonight's show.   

David Samuel Stern
David Samuel Stern

For this Monday evening selection I'm deliberately keeping the music eclectic and unconnected (for no reason at all, other than I think It's cool to fit Jimi Hendrix, and Genoa Keawe into the same show).   

John Kricfalusi
John Kricfalusi

Keeping the vibe upbeat, fun, and super random for this Friday evening session of Bridging the Gap.   

Afro-Funky theme tonight for Bridging the Gap ahead of my opening set for Jeremy Sole at Soulgasm tomorrow at Bar 35.  Expect a lot of complex rhythm, horns and some Fela Kuti.   

Weaving together a set of heavy sounding tunes, deep soul/funk and spacey electronica.  It's going to be one of the more challenging shows I've turned out.   

Pick up tickets to the Thundercat show HERE

Keeping the party upbeat and funky this Tuesday evening for Bridging the Gap, with rare groove, remixes from Skeewiff, and a little vintage Arab funk.   
uy the Habibi Funk album HERE

Aykut Aydoğdu
Aykut Aydoğdu

Keeping the vibes chilled and mellow for this monday evening session of Bridging the Gap, 10-midnight on HPR-1.

Weaving back-and-forth between an Jazz and World Music tonight on Bridging the Gap, 10-midnight on HPR-1.