INTERVIEW: Tiki Lau Talks New Single Feat. Mike Tyson and more

Hi Tiki Lau, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’re keeping the vibes up! Quarantining in Malibu staying safe enjoying the beach, and all the new recipes we have learned over the last eight months! We feel very fortunate to be in a position where we are still able to work, cranking out tracks in the Kawaii Nation recording studio, releasing one song on the 22nd of every month. A lot of people aren’t able to do what they love or spend time with who they love right now. Our hearts go out to them. We specifically hope our art reaches those people and helps in some way. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single, “Mike Tyson! ft. Mike Tyson”?

Of course! The single is by us, Tiki Lau, and it features the iron, Mike Tyson. It is Mike’s first official song and his official walkout song for his comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28th. To say we are excited is an understatement. Mike is an all-around legend, so we wanted to make sure we made a song that represented him well. 

Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?

The upcoming comeback fight was the lightbulb moment for this song. Our multi-platinum Grammy-winning and legendary Tiki Lau team member, Damon Elliott was messing around in the studio with Mike Tyson. They ended up recording Mike’s vocals and sent them to us and asked us to make something insane that would make a crowd go crazy. We woke up at 5 am and got to work making the ultimate walkout song. Mike and Damon went nuts for it!

Were you inspired by the title before or after you had the iconic boxer signed up?

The title was a no brainer, “Mike Tyson featuring Mike Tyson.” What could be better than that?

What led you to actually try and attempt to get him to be apart of the song?

Mike is legendary and this is an important moment in sports history that we wanted to be a part of.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes! There is a quarantine-friendly animated lyric video that is upbeat, energetic, fun, and exciting that will be coming out soon.

When we wrote the storyboard for it, we wanted to lift people’s moods. For Tikii Lau, the point is to always bring a celebration, whether you’re watching our content or listening to our music.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording/writing process was a lot of fun. Mike crushed it in the studio. Damon has such an uplifting vibe that brings the best out of people. It’s hard not to laugh while getting work done when you are around him.

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is warm all year long so it is always pretty chill.

How do you go on balancing all your different influences and artistic background together?

Everything works together in our life. We recently heard a quote about juggling that we really liked, “The trick to balancing everything is knowing which ball is made of glass, and which is made of plastic.” 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Of course, Tiki Lau drops new music every month on the 22nd, on all platforms (Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, etc.). 

We also post a new vlog on YouTube every Tuesday at 2:30 pm where we give away prizes, merch, and give people an inside into our daily lives. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind? What else is happening next in Tiki Lau’s world?

In early 2021 you can expect an album from us titled, “Endless Summer.” We hope that the world tour that we canceled due to Covid will also be back on. We will be on a yacht in Ibiza as soon as we possibly can. We see a lot of champagne and celebrating in our future. Our catalog of music is so dope! We are excited for the world to hear it and experience it in person.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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