As part of our coverage for the ten year anniversary of Sonic Bloom, we will be featuring a few different artists that will be performing, leading up to the event. Our first artist comes from the west coast; originally Eugene, OR, and now residing in Oakland, CA. He goes by the name of Lafa Taylor.
In fall of 2014, Lafa went on a nation wide tour with Beats Antique, Emancipator, and Spongle. He has collaborated with Bassnectar, The Polish Ambassador, Russ Liquid, Medium Troy, and Amp Live among others. He’s played Coachella, Lightning in A Bottle, Shambhala (British Colombia), Summer Sonic (Japan), and Gratifly (in South Carolina), all in 2014.
In 2015 he has already played at Envision Festival, the Serenity Gathering, and Euphoria Festival. Besides Sonic Bloom, he is gearing up for Electric Forest and Once Upon a Festival, among others. Without further adieu, here’s what he had to say when we spoke with him.
ELCO: What’s Lafa Taylor been up to lately, and what’s he got in store for us in the near future?
Lafa Taylor: I’ve been working on a bunch of new stuff. I’m finishing up a remix of my song “Not One Thing” for a crazy music video that I shot about a month ago. I’m also putting the finishing touches on a bunch of singles I plan to drop this summer. As well as wrapping up the final phases of a R&B/House EP that I’m working on with my homey AABO. Super excited to get all of this work out!
It seems like you involve yourself in a variety of “scenes”, from dance music, to hip hop, to funk, to R&B, and everything in between. What’s the reason behind that?
There are so many amazing types of music out there and I’m pretty much into all of them! Why limit ourselves?
Clearly you draw inspiration from an array of genres. If you could pick one dj, one singer, one rapper, and one band to tour with, who would they be (living or dead)?
DJ Qbert / Miguel / Kendrick Lamar / Lettuce (All alive, so let’s do this!)
A few years ago you ventured out to Japan, where you played a sold out 26 city tour with the band “Def Tech”. You also had a collaborative track with that same band that was a huge success. What motivated you to extend your sound to the other side of the world, and did you know it would be so well-received?
I’m very into travel and exploration. The desire to explore led me to Japan. I had no idea my sound would be so well-received but I’m happy that music keeps bringing me back to such a unique place.
You collaborated with Bassnectar on his most recent album, Noise vs Beauty, in the track “Don’t Hate The 808.” Can you run us through how that collaboration came about and what it was like working with him?
Bassnectar and I have been in the same circles for a long time. We bumped into each other at a restaurant that we both love to frequent and started chatting about various things. One day I was inspired and sent him a chorus idea that I recorded on my phone. From there we went back-and-forth, fine-tuning it, and “Don’t Hate The 808” was born.
Who are you most excited to see at this year’s Sonic Bloom?
More on Lafa Taylor
“Criss-crossing the intersection of intelligent Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic Dance Music, Lafa Taylor is a colorful West Coast based singer, rapper, and producer. Lafa’s gritty, sexy, bass heavy beats confidently blur boundaries and captivate listeners with diverse musical tastes. His collage of tasteful multi tempo music, keeps people dancing and engaged. With a vocal style that ranges from smooth melodies to tongue twisting rapid rhymes, Lafa’s music carries a message of inspiration and activation that is relatable and encourages people to be their unique selves. Drawing on his Costa Rican / American heritage and world travels, Lafa’s lyrics have an international flavor spiced with Spanish, Patois and Japanese…read more“