Mike Tafoya Interview

By: Cara Carriveau

Mike Tafoya Biography


Michael has traveled the country since 1999 in search of a band that is finally able to capture his vision of what an “entertaining and musically rich in feel” band is supposed to be about. “I heard this band once and woke up”, says Michael.

This outfit is definitely a diverse bunch, just like the music they play. Also just like the music they converge into a single point of view…Big sound, hip shaking, visually formidable, and zesty old school “now” sound. Michael’s search led to… Indian Larry, Tafoya & the Muse

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Michael Tafoya – Guitar and vocals

First gained international attention with Epic recording artists, “The Boyzz from Illinoizz”, with Dirty Dan Buck and company, releasing their album
“Too Wild To Tame” (Epic Records). In the search of greener, creative pastures, Michael forms “The B’zz”, also Epic recording artists. “The B’zz”, featuring Tommy Holland (Holland “Wake Up The Neighborhood”), Steve Riley, (W.A.S.P. and L.A. Guns), Dave Angel, (The Boyzz) and Anatoly Halinkovich, (a.k.a. Tony Hall) (The Boyzz, “America’s Most Wanted”), went on to make an appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, making history being the only unsigned act to perform in the show’s 35 year run. Then, filmed a video for MTV, “Get Up, Get Angry”, toured the country, all
while writing music prolifically.

Michael went on later to form his own “Tafoya” band, which evolved into “Raw Dogs” (again with Tommy Holland). He as been rock and rolling for decades with nothing in his bones to slow his creative flow!

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The Boyzz – Destined to Die, from their sole album,” Too Wild to Tame” in 1978. A biker band in the great Southern tradition, evoking images and memories of with a mean horn section, courtesy of Blood,Sweat & Tears members Lou Marini and Alan Rubin, amongst others. Very little available, unfortunately, but what we do know is that a few members went on to form the B’zz.

For more information about Mike Tafoya, please visit his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TafoyasLostBoyzz/

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