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THE CHRONICLES OF CANDY

Candy Taman is a show of force on the football field and also a show of force on the stage. The front man for High Rise is a sure entertainer both on and off the field.

UOG-GSPN-Banner-300x300-2014By Patrick Lujan

When you have AT LEAST four nicknames, you have to be entertaining…or better yet, an entertainer.

For Candido Taman – also known as Candy, Candy Man, Candy Crush or Slamin Taman – there’s never a dull moment. Being 6-foot-1 and 325 pounds, it’s hard to miss the big dude.

Alright, maybe he’s a bigger name in the local music scene as the lead singer of the popular band High Rise, but Candy loves his sports and loves playing it.

The son of former SPG boxer Tana Meafou, Candy Man brings the heritable physical genes to the football field while his musical genes stems from his Saipan family on his mother’s side.

Candy Taman is an entertainer on and off the football field. (courtesy photo)

Candy Taman is an entertainer on and off the football field. (courtesy photo)

“I started my musical journey in 4th grade when I auditioned for the GATE choir under Oliver Skanse. To my surprise I was selected for the All-Island choir that same year. That was pretty much the fuel to my fire for music, besides the fact that my grand uncle (whom I was named after) was and still is a local Chamoru music icon,” Candy Crush said.

His dabbling in sports didn’t start until his freshman year in high school because he was “always overweight as a youth”. Attending Nanakuli High in Hawaii that year, Slamin Tamin found himself in a not-so-big situation.

“Surprisingly in Hawaii, they said I was too small to play on the line so my very first position was quarterback. I had no idea what I was doing. The coaches decided to try me out as a defensive end that first year. That’s where I earned my playing time.” Candy played for three high school teams while attending four schools, eventually graduating from Southern High in 2006. He was named to the All-Island team as an offensive tackle in 2005.

The Candy Man would enlist with the U.S. Army shortly thereafter. It was while he was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas where he played three seasons with the semi-pro team Killeen Knights as an offensive/defensive lineman.

That was quite the experience for me because it was the most competitive football I had ever played. I was actually matched with players that were of either equal or greater size than I was. It was an amazing feeling that increased my love for football. After my enlistment was u, I came back home and made my first appearance in the MFL in 2012 where I’ve been playing since.”candy6

Slamin Taman was also a part of the Guam team that took down the much-improved Saipan team up in Saipan in November.

Though football is in the blood, music is in his soul.

A multi-winner with various marching bands stateside, Candy Crush is locally known as the front man of the popular internet band High Rise (check them out on youtube and enjoy!).

And just like the physical grind on football field, making a living as a local musician could be just as grinding since most local musicians are paid way under industry standards.

“It’s a struggle. There’s a lot that goes on than what happens on stage and is not accounted for when it’s time to cash out. It’s a push and pull between venues and bands; extremely delicate balance to up keep.”
‘Chronicles of Candy’

As for the ‘Chronicles of Candy’, it’s been his daily trademark. Fifteen seconds of video on his instagram account – from jamming songs to playing Santa Claus to giving tours – The Chronicles has been his trademark.

“One day my friend Kenny Francisco gave me the idea to give it the name #chroniclesofcandy. I just went with it just to be silly and make people laugh and it is what it is today.”

So whether he’s on the football field or behind the microphone or posting on instagram, it’s never a dull moment with Candy/Candy Man/Candy Crush/Slamin Taman.

Slamin Taman made the best of his stint with the Killeen Knights while enlisted in the Army. (courtesy photo)

Slamin Taman made the best of his stint with the Killeen Knights while enlisted in the Army. (courtesy photo)

 

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