Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Talk Box mayhem...

What do you do on a Saturday night indoors? Well, apart from stay up till 2am watching Heroes on, I was stacking up my trivia...tonight I discovered a 'talk box' is not a vocoder!?

What? Well, my Swedish friend and fellow MySpacer asked me about Chromeo as they're playing Sweden this summer. (Big up myself: I saw Chromeo in east LA in 2005 in a little gig with about 40 people.)

'Do you like talk box music?', she asked.
'What's that?', I asked myself. Or rather, I asked Wikipedia.

Then I discovered all this talk box stuff online. Here are my three fave clips: Oh, I'm loving the pioneers of talk box funk, Zapp, and the TV footage! So Tuff, So Ruff! And everyone's loving Talkboxmayhem on YouTube (he's sooo straight cut it's funny to hear him talk about himself as 'ya boy, Mayhem'...Hahahah). At first, the thumbnail on the last clip for Shabang007 had a dude who looked like the guy from Chromeo.

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