It’s about time we brought you guys a new artist spotlight right? We have been fairly silent on the interview front since the transition over to the new site and we are looking to change that up. Our latest Q&A features the multifacted artist that is Lafa Taylor! We had originally planned on bringing this to your attention around the holidays but some scheduling conflicts came up and things were a little delayed. Lafa has been busy spreading his music throughout Central America so it wound up taking a little longer than anticipated to get this in gear! That being said; lets set the scene by hopping in our time machine and going back about a month to when we were planning on having this out to you guys (or just pretend if you don’t have a time machine, that will work too). Now that’s enough from us, dive on in as Lafa recounts 2014, plans for 2015, and some other big things that have been going down in his world.
It’s great to be able to pick your brain for a bit, how have the holidays been treating you?
Word! It’s been a daze of holly, and singing along resistantly to holiday music while being programed to shop but of course in the end, really good to hang with family.
You had a busy fall touring with Beats Antique and some other talented people, how was it to be on the road with that crazy cavalcade of artists? Was the ‘Creature Carnival’ one of the larger tours you have embarked on?
Fuckin’ awesome! Can I say Fuckin’ on here? or… am I supposed to use the whole word? Either way it was fuckin(g) awesome!
Although I’ve been on bigger tours in Japan, the creature carnival was definitely one of the bigger tours I’ve been on in the states. Each and every person on that tour was so dedicated and unique.
2014 seemed to be a very big year for you, what were a few big highlights that stand out when you look back on the last 12 months?
It’s all a rainbow tie dyed blurrrrr….hmmmm
Bassnectar collab…Polish Ambasador collab…Beats Antique Tour…the most awkwardly diverse album I’ve made to date “Not One Thing”…Ligtning In a Bottle 115 – 130 bpm set in the “rock pit valley” or what ever that stage was called…Playing Summer Sonic in Japan…Bassnectar collab
One thing that makes you different from the rest of the pack is the fact you are a multifaceted producer and emcee, how do you spread your talent between these two different realms?
I usually make beats because I can’t find exactly what I want and I am capable of creating the sound that I’m looking for. Truth be told though I think I’m a more adept emcee then producer. I really love making beats though, I feel like producers have it easy, they can just make a beat put it out… done, also they aren’t as vulnerable as lyricists because they don’t really put their opinions on blast. For those reasons sometimes it’s just fun for me to make beats. I feel like well written songs with lyrics that resonate with people reach deeper into their souls and are more timeless but… maybe I’m high.
What were some of your original sources of inspiration when you first started getting into the music scene?
I remember this one set that Bassnectar played on this “festival on a crew ship” called Xingolati in 2005, he was dropping a bunch of old school hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest and all of the fluffy hippies in tutus and ravers with led gloves and trust fund jam band kids were all going ham together. That shit was hella inspiring.
Who are a few people that continually feed your creative genius to this day?
Guy and Howard Lawrence (Disclosure)
We saw a handful of collaborative releases from you this year as well, from tracks with Bassnectar to Polish Ambassador, who else can we look to see you working with in 2015?
Muhuhahahaha you’ll just have to wait and see.
Ok maybe one word: Aabo x Lafa Taylor 115 – 130 bpm sex … whoops that was more then one word.
Early in the year you released your latest work ‘Not One Thing’, though you have been busy on the road can we look to see more new material come 2015?
Most Def! I hop to release the most music I ever have in one year this year!
How do you plan to make 2015 bigger and better than 2014?
By utilizing the power of the Shonkle and staying hyper focused.
That’s about all from us, do you have any last words you would like to slide in here for your fans/friends on the other side?
Give thanks for using some of your precious time to peep out this article, big up to The Dankles for the
opportunity to ramble, be nice to people.