On The Record: DJ Hapaboy
BY KALANI WILHELM / Special to the Star-Advertiser
DJ Hapaboy is far from where he wants to be in his musical career — and that’s just fine with him, because he can’t be more hyped about what is yet to come.
Such is life ahead of the learning curve for Taylor Tadani. As the saying goes, “Difficult takes a day; impossible takes a week.” It’s safe to say Tadani is well on his way.
“A lot of people say passion isn’t a style, when I DJ, the feeling I put out is what I’m feeling at that moment,” he said. “Each song I pick expresses the vibe I want and with that I mold it around the crowd I’m performing for.”
As the son of local television personality Tiny Tadani, Taylor was essential born with the entertainment gene and a pedigree of aloha. With the help of his trusty DJ needles, he is out to etch his own name in the local landscape through beat bombs of the highest grade. Yes, he is out to carve his own path.
“That moment someone random comes up to me and tells me how good my set was or how much fun they had at one of my events is the best fuel to my fire,” he said. ”Those people help me go above and beyond.”
Tadani’s sonic booms as a DJ have fostered his own course of action of entertaining local masses. Speakers blaring the cooing synth-fused bass blasts only begin to tell his story.
In the public eye at a young age, Tadani used to pass out flyers to help promote his dad’s TV show before producing his own segment, “Taylor TV.” He said his famous dad is the hardest working man he knows.
“Like every father, I’m sure my pops would’ve loved for me to follow in his footsteps, but he knows I found something I love doing and he’s down to support,” he said. “My pops has already made a legacy for himself and because of that, it makes me work harder to create one for myself.
“It’s about entertaining any crowd and putting on a show. When I perform I naturally vibe with my own music. If I can’t dance to my own beat, why the hell would anyone else want to is the way I see it.”
Standard club debauchery, gigs on neighbor islands and featured spots at island music events have provided adventures to learn learn from. Tadani noted that showcasing his abilities is the only possible way of accelerating the pace of the growth process.
“Pops” couldn’t agree more and said he is 99 percent behind his son’s current calling.
“One percent of me wishes it wasn’t such a late night gig,” Tiny Tadani said. “You know what they say — ‘Nothing good ever happens after midnight!’”
Tiny Tadani, a former mobile DJ himself, said he encourages his son to live life now.
“I want him to get all that craziness out of his system because I hope he’s not doing the same thing 20 years from now,” he said. “He’s very good at spinning, and he’s having fun. You’re only young once!”
A creature of media-based creative habits, Tadani’s first exposure to Honolulu nightlife came about as a videographer for club promoters Artist Groove Network. The job put him at the epicenter of plenty of big shows.
Eventually becoming a partner in AGN, Tadani said friends and business partners Thaddeus Park and Chris Meheula provided invaluable exposure.
“(Promoting and DJing) gives me a chance to learn and sometimes teach new things,” said Tadani. “That’s one thing I love about music, anyone and everyone can share it. When you can come together and entertain a crowd is an experience in its own.”
Tadani is currently signed to EKM Records, a local independent label based out of Kaneohe that is also home to recording artists Siaosi, The Jimmy Weeks Project and Jah Maoli. Future plans include touring and other exciting music missions. He also holds a weekly Tuesday residency at Rock Bottom Sports Bar near the University of Hawaii at Manoa as well as a Tuesday and Saturday night residency at Grand Leyenda Cantina at Ward Centre.
“Besides making money to live comfortably, I strive to travel and experience all I can that this amazing DJ life can bring,” he said. “It’s just the beginning for me and I have so much left to experience.”
Kalani Wilhelm covers nightlife and music for the Pulse. Contact him via email or follow him on Twitter.