Nice and cheesy
The journey from hip-hop to pop has been a natural one for Electric Guest founder Asa Taccone, writes
‘ was a trip to Taccone’s home turf. ‘‘ We travelled up to the Bay Area in San Francisco, where I’m from,’’ explains Taccone, ‘‘ and I introduced him to all my friends. We went to a bunch of parties and went to my parents’ house and listened to a lot of music like oldschool hippies.
‘‘ When we got back to the studio we wrote the song Awake together. From there the whole thing just flowed out.’’
Awake is one of several songs on Mondo cocredited to the producer.
With its insistent, poppy falsetto, Taccone’s voice shares’ similarities with the voices of Mercer and Foster the People’s Mark Foster, and he’s happy to share common ground with those acts.
‘‘ In one sense it is unabashedly poppy and it would be foolish of me to say otherwise. I have a sweet tooth for a lot of big hooks. When I was writing I wanted it to be that.’’
Writing is one thing, but getting up on stage is quite another. Taccone says he found it difficult at first facing an audience, but slowly he is coming around to the job of being a frontman.
‘‘ It’s pretty scary.’’ he says. ‘‘ I so didn’t want to do it. I’m finding that the more I have amazing moments on stage the more comfortable I feel. Sometimes when we’re performing, if I get weird, I just go back to the music that is being played and let myself go with that.’’
Hopefully, he’ll be able to let himself go adequately when Electric Guest gets to Australia. ‘‘ I’d never been outside of California before so everything is new to me,’’ he says.
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