Originally from Nagoya, Japan, Taiki Tsuyama is a Professional Bassist in Los Angeles, CA. Taiki seeks out groove playing in many forms both on stage and in the studio.
Influenced by his parents who both work in the music/dance industry, he first started to play piano, drums, and guitar at the age of 14. As a teenager he played many shows with several local rock bands based in his hometown Nagoya. Growing up Taiki was strongly influenced by R&B, funk, and soul music such as Michael Jackson and James Brown. From the moment he fell in love with the sound of bass, Taiki decided to pursue becoming a bass player.
In 2009 Taiki decided to move to Los Angeles to be able to reach his career goal. Through attending Pro Jam sessions around LA at the Baked Potato (Studio City), Café Cordiale (Sherman Oaks) and The Townhouse (Inglewood) Taiki met and performed with Top LA professionals, including Eddie Brown, Gorden Campbell, Chris Coleman, Donald Hayes, Andrew Gouche and Ethan Farmer.
In Los Angeles, Taiki was introduced to Gospel music at a local church. Amazed by the sound and rhythm, Taiki joined the River of Life music ministry.
Since the spring of 2012, Taiki has been participating at Gospel churches in Los Angeles on a regular basis. Some of them are: Christian’s Community Center of Los Angeles, Faithful Central Bible Church, West Angeles, Love and Unity Church and River of Life Ministry.
In March of 2013, Taiki met Professional Drummer, Billy “BJ” Rodgers, the official Musical Director for Tevin Campbell. Billy fell in love with Taiki’s bass playing and personality, asked him to be a part of his project, such as recording sessions. In July of the same year, Taiki was asked to come to a jam session that turned out to be an audition for Tevin Campbell’s band. Campbell who has been nominated for Grammy awards and estimated 3 million album copies worldwide, approached Taiki very quickly, he became one of main bassists in Campbell’s band, and performed with him at The Historic BAL Theatre in San Leandro.
In 2013, Taiki also performed with Solspeak who has been nominated for the best pop song at 23rd annual Los Angeles Music Awards. Taiki was a part of both the recording sessions as well as live shows.
During 2013-14, Taiki performed at two of LA’s historical events for the July 4th Festival at The Exposition Park as well as the 29th Martin Luther King Jr Parade sharing the main stage with Shaun B & Co.
In 2015, Taiki appeared on national television on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live performing with Lanita Smith the winner of the Guitar Center Singer/Songwriter 4.
That same year Taiki performed at the Disneyland “Celebrate Gospel” with Christians Community Center. He went on to perform at Sangria Sundays with recording artist Melanie Fiona and Dominic Amato’s project Ten29 at the San Diego Jazz Festival.
In 2016, Taiki performed at the Long Beach Jazz Festival with Down to Funk. He was featured on a professional studio recording session with recording artist Satoshi Bandoh along side top LA session musicians Michael Landau, Michael Thompson, Phillip Sasse, Eric Marienthal, Brandon Fields and Steve Sykes.
That same year Taiki went on 2 tours with recording artist JMSN (US/Canada and Europe). While on tour with JMSN he performed in a multitude of cities across US/Canada and Europe notably:
Regent Theatre, Los Angeles
Independent, San Francisco
Le Poisson Rouge, New York City
9:30 Club, Washington DC
Theater Fairmont, Montreal
Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
Alexander Gastown, Vancouver
La Bellevilloise, Paris
Jazz Café, London
Café Kulturalna, Warsaw
Sodra Teatern, Stockholm
While in Europe Taiki did a live performance on the BBC Radio with JMSN on BBC 1Xtra in Nov 2016. As a result of the tour JMSN asked Taiki to be a part of a studio recording session produced by JMSN on the track Skin by Mac Miller. Taiki is also featured on the Live DVD “JMSN LIVE – North Hollywood”.
In 2017, Taiki had back-to-back performances with singer, actress and dancer Willow Smith at the 6th Annual Face Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium and the Girl Cult Festival 2017 held at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.
Aside from Touring, Recording Sessions and Teaching Private Lessons Taiki is currently focused on a Gospel Project he is producing and developing a unique sound of his own as a bassist and a producer.