A world traveler based in Oakland, CA Lafa Taylor is an achieved singer/emcee/producer.
His music carries a message of inspiration and activation, while staying gritty, bassy, and most importantly danceable. Lafa’s live show is energetic, dynamic and unique. He has a great talent for connecting with his audience and working with the energy of the crowd. His collage of infectiously harmonic, bass heavy, multi tempo, music quickly heats up the dance floor. His vocal style ranges from sweet melodic choruses to tongue twisting rapid rhymes. He is also known for his intricate beat boxing, and often creates live loops in ableton on the spot.
In the summer of 2003, at age 17, Lafa single handedly produced and released his debut album “Life Music”.
In 2004, after three months of traveling around Costa Rica with a portable studio in his backpack Lafa released “Hot Winter”.
Next he headed out to explore Japan. There he became a part of the multi platinum Japanese band “Def Tech” and played a 26 city tour. Every venue of this tour was sold out, including the prestigious Budokan in Tokyo which has a capacity of over 9,000 people. Lafa’s song “Lift Up” with Def Tech saw major success in Japan. It was licensed for a Sony Ericsson commercial and the music video saw heavy rotation on MTV Japan and Space Shower. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw3Fb2XJfWs
After returning from Japan Lafa released “Different” which included the clever underground classic Rollin Dough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMxff0fn9X4
Since “Different” Lafa has been redefining his sound and making noise in the west-coast bass music scene. He has performed under the alias FreakFunk in addition to playing in a live electronic duo with Russ Liquid known as BounceBrigade. Currently Lafa is pushing boundaries with a brand new sound as heard on his most recent release “Mixed Emotions”: http://lafataylor.bandcamp.com/album/mixed-emotions-ep . Often accompanied by back up singers and a live drummer Lafa’s show blurs the lines between live Hip Hop / RnB and raw bass music.
Well loved by many, Lafa is making major moves, opening for big names as well as headlining his own sold out shows. Watch for this international man of music as he continues to spread love and bass wherever he plugs in.