New Year’s Eve always provides a dash of madness for the masses, so it’s only fitting that a key member of one of the biggest groups in the world will be adding to that hysteria. Taboo (real name Jaime Gomez) is one fourth of The Black Eyed Peas, the hip-hop electro pop outfit that has been flooding the charts with its catchy anthems for the past decade. He will be ringing in the New Year at Luxy by singing, dancing and deejaying.
Because of their dominant status as international superstars, many people don’t know that The Black Eyed Peas started off in 1988 as backpack rappers. In an e-mail interview with the Taipei Times, Taboo said that superstardom is great, but his favorite part of his career was its humble beginnings.
“All we had was a dream and our friendship. We were hungry and young and it was all about the music and trying to make it,” he said. “It was surprising to be an underground group from LA and then to becoming globally successful. It has not been easy for me. Working more and being away from my family is hard but all and all it’s been a blessing.”
As a Prince and Michael Jackson fan from a young age, Taboo has looked to them as inspiration for his role in The Black Eyed Peas.
“I’m the showman,” he said. “I love the live performance aspect of our group. I feel like I set the tone live and we feed off each other’s energy. Live performing is my biggest asset and largest role in the group.”
With a slew of crowd-friendly songs like I Gotta Feeling, Boom Boom Pow, My Humps and The Time (Dirty Bit) to choose from in the The Black Eyed Peas’ catalogue, Taboo doesn’t only play his own songs when he deejays.
“I think Party Rock Anthem is the biggest right now. I like the dance element and to see people recreate their version of the shuffle,” he said. “Plus it’s an international record that gets a reaction everywhere I go.”
* Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas performs a live DJ show tomorrow night at Luxy, 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓). Call (02) 2772-1000 or 0955-904-600 for reservations (English service available). On the Net: www.luxy-taipei.com. Advance tickets are NT$1,200 (available at the venue), or NT$1,500 at the door. Open bar before midnight. The admission price includes one drink after midnight. From 10pm to 4am
Tonight things will get grimy at Revolver because the bar is bringing back the Shanghai-based producer ConRank, and this time he’s got a few friends with him. ConRank will be performing for the first time ever with Lo-Fire, the group that he produces and deejays for, which consists of beatboxer Double and rapper Shen Yi (沈懿).
In a Skype interview, ConRank said that he had started looking for people to work with in Taiwan six months ago. At a dinner, one of his friends called Double and the project took off.
“Double is damn good at what he does, and Shen Yi is so versatile. He also does Beijing opera,” ConRank said. “This was exactly what I was looking for — people who were keen, passionate, and talented.”
ConRank has been in Taiwan since Wednesday preparing for Lo-Fire’s debut. He said the name of the group came about because of the low-end sounds that emit from the speakers when they play. “Most of our tracks are pretty bass heavy, and as our first song states, we bring the fire,” he said.
* Rankadank presents Lo-Fire, ConRank, Double and Shen-Yi tonight at Revolver from 11pm to 5am, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號). On the Net: www.revolvertaipei.com. Admission is NT$250, which includes a drink