Nice and cheesy

The jour­ney from hip-hop to pop has been a nat­u­ral one for Elec­tric Guest founder Asa Tac­cone, writes

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‘ 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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