Black Taxi guitarist Bill Mayo explains the band’s name as “Tom Hanks once told us to wait fort he black taxi, so yeah, you do what Tom Hanks says, ya know? He was in “Big“, ‚nuff said.“ – True, ‘nuff said!
The four members Bill Mayo, Krisana Soponpong, Ezra Huleatt and Jason Holmes started in 2007 – after Ezra and Krisana met at an orgy in Thailand – “no joke” Bill says. “The rest is history.” Their sound is influenced by The Doors, Dick Dale, Clash, Leonard Cohen and The Police but if you ask Bill to describe it, he’d answer “If you like King Crimson, it sounds like that. If you like Jay Z, it sounds just like him. If Cindy Lauper is more your style, Black Taxi is definitely for you. Nobody has actually been able to describe what we do. The members of this band come from such different musical backgrounds, the songs we create can sound like Depeche Mode or Stephen Sondheim. It usually has a pretty good beat though. I give it a 7.2.“ – Why only a 7.2.?
The recording of their album „Things of That Nature“ was documented by the two award-winning filmmakers Nate Kath and Jason Sager in 2009, where they followed the band through the rehearsals and the recording sessions at Bunker.
Anything else? Oh yeah! Don’t miss their upcoming show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY on May 14!
Thanks Bill for the interview!
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