I had the pleasure to link up and talk with Lafa Taylor on the third day of Sonic Bloom in Rye, Colorado. Lafa had just taken a bus, a plane, bumped off the right plane, a taxi, and another bus to another shuttle. He still showed up with exuberant energy for his fans and a big smile for me after his show. His sunset performance truly had every body grooving and laughing, not only because he is a vivacious and talented musician, but also because the crowd was actively participating with him and one another. From his wild dance moves and tangibly glitchy bass beats to his infectious lyrics, Lafa is a true performer and one not to miss.

SIA: When and how did you first start making music?

LT: I started in highschool with a rap crew that was called the Originál Crew and we were fluctuating in members but probably about 5 members or so. We were making hip hop and initially started just free styling over instrumentals and I quickly discovered that I wanted to have the beats be a little more original. The first piece of equipment that I received was a very shitty sampler and I started making very basic sample based beats my sophomore year in high school. From there I quickly graduated to FruityLoops where I actually started producing beats and the Orignál crew had a nice little high school run with a few high school shows and a few incredible after parties. By my junior year I really realized I wanted to take music seriously and I stopped running track to focus my free time on making music and then by the time I graduated I knew exactly what I wanted to do which was be a professional musician.I started touring and I started my own record label and released my own cd independently right out of high school. From there I had to survive off of making music so it became more official and the rest is history.

SIA: You exude and draw from such a wide array of genres and moods. What would you consider to be your go to or natural inclination when you start to create a song?

LT: Usually the main thing I’m going for is some sort of danceability. I really want most of my music to move people on the dance floor. There’s of course exceptions but in general I like to have things be danceable. From there I would say I’m a big fan of lyrics and so I like catchy stuff. I like to have a hook of some sort and to have people sing along to something that is inspiring to them or empowering to them or makes them feel good in some sort of way. You’ll hear me repeating things on stage a lot to try to bring people back into the moment and to help them be thankful for where we are and how beautiful this moment is.

SIA: You’ve been all around the world.. How do you feel this lends itself to your lyrics and points of view creatively?

LT: There’s so many different types of existence out there and I feel honored to have experienced the many different lifestyles that are a reality on this planet. That makes me be ever more thankful for my own. Also of course there’s so many different types of music out there I personally love all of them. I love diversity and I love to go to a place and hear what their indigenous music sounds like and try to pull something from that into my own music.

Sometimes it’s not a direct correlation and other times its me receiving a Bachata CD at a taco shop in Mexico and actually sampling that CD and making a track out of it. There’s so much to be learned from other cultures and I try just to soak it up in whatever way possible and be open to it influencing my art however it may.

 

SIA: After so many fantastic collaborations with such different artists we’re all wanting know if you have any other exciting ones on the horizon?

LT: Many surprises…..but I can’t tell you or else it wouldn’t be a surprise. But there’s been a surprise that I’ve been keeping for a minute and that’s the brand new track that just dropped with Bassnectar. It’s called Speakerbox and it’s available on SoundCloud and iTunes to check out. I’m really excited for this upcoming collaborative EP I’m doing with my friend Aabo. It is an r&b house music project and features a horn section out of New York, Emefe, who is amazing and features a collaboration with Guapale, an amazing r&b singer out of Oakland. I’m really excited for the project because it is definitely a unique amalgamation of musical elements.

SIA: You’re a west coast man.. do you feel any differences in your crowds in Colorado for instance?

LT: Indeed. Colorado likes the whomp and I love that. I love to get whompy and I love it when people aren’t afraid to get weird and I feel like Colorado is pretty open in general.
I’ve been to fairly stagnant states in the U.S. and

its always fun to try to spark some sort of weirdness there, however, Colorado is very prepared to get weird and it makes it that much easier for me to activate the awesome.

 

SIA: What has been one of funniest things to happen to you performing or on the road?

LT: I just love specific musical characters and getting to know them. I recently toured with Beats Antique, Shpongle, and Emancipator. Everyone on the tour is hilarious in their own way. Specifically David Satori is a fucking legend. He is an activator of adventure and a professional fun-haver and is of course hilarious. I could say the same thing about everyone on the tour however David Satori and I really got into a lot of fun and funny situations so I have to big him up. Without going too into depth there was an amazing moment after a show in Ft. Lauderdale where everyone was basically falling asleep in the green room after the show and David Satori rolls in with a pantsuit and roller skates on….fully hyped and ready to party. He convinces everyone in the green room to start a conga line that travelled all the way around the whole block and activated and inspired many bros and brosephines to be the weirdest they could be. It was amazing. In short David Satori is an amazing activator of the weird.

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