Taco of Odd Future Talks DJing, Show Prep, and His Current Top Tracks

Taco of Odd Future Talks DJing, Show Prep, and His Current Top Tracks

Listen to his exclusive playlist for V below.

Listen to his exclusive playlist for V below.

Text: Adair Smith

First things first, where does the name “Taco” come from and when did you get into music?

That's something that I wish I had a proper answer to. It started as a joke and it never stopped. In some weird way, it makes sense for me. I didn't get into making music until recently—just by trying random things. No rapping or singing though. I started DJing at 17 or 18. Christian [Clancy] and Brad [Scoffern] just kind of threw me on stage and the rest is history.

Describe yourself in four words.

So much fucking fun.

You’re also a part of Odd Future and joined the collective a few years after it started, how did you get into it and why did you decide to join?

They are my homies and it just happened. I knew everyone when they were just the homies and we got closer and closer and so on and so forth.

How do you prepare for a set?

For a show on tour I used to down a whole Redbull, not anymore, but when I was 18, 19, that was my drug. For a DJ set at a club, I usually watch a few songs before to see what the crowd responds to. For a party, I will be there early and have a drink or two, maybe smoke, dance and then take myself into the DJ booth along with the group of people dancing with me. Just try and turn the DJ booth to a party, that’s the best to me.

What is one thing you always have with you on stage?

Water, Hennessy, and my phone.

How have your sets evolved from when you started DJing to now?

I used to only play rap no matter what. I learned how to just match whatever is going on where I am. You can sort of tell what people listen to based on their clothes and dancing and where you are has a lot to do with it. I just try my hardest to make everyone happy at once. It’s a fun challenge.

What are your biggest influences when it comes to music?

My mom, because when we were in the car growing up, she played the best music that I still enjoy. Syd just because we grew up in the same car so we like the same stuff usually. Tyler too, he makes me test my music palette, listening to Brazilian Jazz and whatnot. Lionel and Frank as well, they have come through with some great songs that I play at parties now. My favorite DJ, Sweetboy Daniel, too—he has put me on to so much music I would never have found.

What are you 5 all-time favorite songs?

Based on my mood right now:

"Sweet love" by Anita Baker

"Too Fast" by Sonder

"Blow My Load" by Tyler The Creator

"Throw It In The Bag (Remix)" by Lil Wayne

"Treading Water" by Syd

You have such a distinct sense of style—does fashion influence your work in any way?

Not really… There are times where I wear outfits to listen to certain songs in the mirror or car. Like, when it's sunny in L.A. and I have my car washed and a fresh haircut I'll throw on some cool pants or shorts, a fresh, white medium AAA tee and whatever shoes I love at the time and then play my favorite songs for the sun.

What's coming next for you?

Music, a tour this fall with T, more parties, and more fun.

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