After a hectic 2011, you can forgive Tiki Taane wanting to step out of the public eye for a while in 2012.
Last year saw the dub master release his second solo album In the World of Light, which went straight to number one in the charts, as well as go through a much publicised spat with the police after he was arrested for disorderly behaviour following a gig in Tauranga.
The charges were later dropped, undoubtedly a relief for the former Salmonella Dub frontman, but contributed to a desire to take on a quieter period of life, considering he also produced three albums and had a third role as an audio engineer for Shapeshifter.
“This year I’ve stepped back a lot from the limelight, which is a much welcome change,” he told the New Zealand Times.
“I’ve been buying property and spending a lot more time at home with my family, rather than flying off into the sunset on some crazy ass mission.”
Despite taking things a little easier, he has still managed to squeeze in a trip to the UK and Europe.
Last week he was behind the desk for Shapeshifter, and next Thursday, he will be playing in London himself for the first time in seven years.
It is also his first solo concert outside New Zealand and Australia.
He explains his absence from these shores:
“I guess I felt like I had done it all back in the day with Salmonella Dub. Our last show was in 2006 and we had sold out the Shepherd’s Bush Empire two nights in a row, so that’s always gonna be a great way to go out. But since then I’ve had a lot of fans asking me to play a show in London and seeing I’m on the Shapeshifter tour I thought it would be fun to throw something on at The Garage.”
With the city still in the midst of Olympic madness, he has spent plenty of time out of the city – Amsterdam and Berlin in particular – but said he was looking forward to the gig which will see him play acoustically for an hour, followed by a heavier MC set with with Shapeshifter’s DJ Sambora.
Along with fellow Kiwi MC Ladi6, he is also in the running for the global 2012 Unsigned Only Music Competition, where around 7000 entries were whittled down to 100 finalists in nine categories.
His song, My Lion, a remix played at the opening ceremony of last year’s Rugby World Cup, is in the adult contemporary section.
“Not sure what happens if we win, but it’s still a good middle finger up to the man!”
Before that however, there is still the matter of this week’s gig at The Garage at Highbury Corner, and like many Kiwis, is anticipating the flight back to New Zealand will be a rough one.
“It’s my last night before flying home to Aotearoa so it’s gonna get crazy,” he said with a laugh.
*Tiki Taane and DJ Sambora, with support from Jayson Norris, Thursday August 30 at The Garage. N5 1RD. Tickets available from the Ticketweb site.
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