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Taxi was a Gibraltarian pop rock band, founded in 2005 as the second incarnation of the previous formation Melón Diesel. Both bands, which remain largely one and the same in Spanish pop culture, could be considered the paradigm of the of great pop rock bands of the Spain of the 2000s and early 2010s — that is, having absolutely shone back in their time, but remembered by nobody today aside from ghostly memories of very catchy songs. The band had its final mark of relevance in 2010 before quietly vanishing in 2015.

The successful Melón Diesel was formed in 1995, although it didn't made its jump to fame until four years later with the album La cuesta de Mr. Bond, which earned quite of a place in Spain. Their breakout was followed by two more albums of various styles, Hombre en el espejo and Real, sung in both Spanish and English, which mixed pop, rock and sheer defiant positivity. The band then suffered an unexpected breakup while they were in midst of riding the wave, as half of its members wanted to keep performing solely in English while the others preferred to do it in Spanish (with inevitable rumors of a clash of egos between some particular members), which had the consequence that the former founded Área 52 while the latter became No Eye Dear. After tentative tenures, No Eye Dear eventually became Taxi.

Taxi debuted with an original album, Taxi, which tried to channel Melón Diesel's optimist into a career resurrection, although the band would soon re-do many themes of the old Melón Diesel anyway and keep doing it until the very end. Taxi also stood out for its usual collaborations with similar pop bands artists of the time, especially Despistaos and Efecto Mariposa, as well as a whole different kind of beast in the veteran rock band Los Secretos. Their success reached their peak in 2010, being nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in the Best Pop Album category, after which they released one more album before entering an increasingly quiet hiatus.

The band barely retains any presence even in the Internet nowadays, although they left open the possibility of a return.


  • 2005: Libre
  • 2006: Mil historias
  • 2008: Mirando atrás
  • 2010: Aquí y ahora
  • 2013: Tras el horizonte

Band members

  • Dylan Ferro - lead vocals and keyboard
  • Dani Fa - guitar and chorus
  • Danny Bugeja - guitar and chorus
  • Eduardo Jerez - bass
  • Juan Silva – drums

This band contains examples of:

  • Be Yourself: As in the title, "Da igual" states that it doesn't matter whether other people don't understand you, you must certainly pursue the freedom to be yourself.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: "Ya sabréis quién soy" has the singer bragging to be in the road to go From Nobody to Nightmare.
  • Cathartic Scream: "Grita" instructs the upset listener to shout out so the world can hear him.
  • Driving Song: "En mi coche" is a song about someone in love with his new car. It was popular enough that it gained controversy for supposedly endorsing unsafe driving, although it eventually came to represent its exact opposite in campaigns of the Spanish government for drivers and passengers.
  • Friendship Song: "Grita" includes the role of friendship in enduring the bad things of life.
  • Grief Song: The unusually melancholic "Es tu voz" has the protagonist heartbreakingly unsure of whether his beloved will remain with him, but willing to be there for her solely by the memory of her voice.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In "No voy a olvidarte jamás", the singer wishes luck to his former beloved so others can give her what he wanted to give.
  • Location Song: "Medianoche en Santiago" is set in Santiago de Compostela, which is quite far from the band's native Gibraltar.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "No voy a olvidarte jamás" sings about devastating lost love and how the protagonist will never be able to get over it.
  • Ode to Youth: Many songs in the band were quite youthful in presentation and encouraged the listener to live wild.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Grita" has the singer talking to someone seriously bitter and depressed to cheer him up.
  • Self-Empowerment Anthem: This was Taxi's whole schtick, with the cheery, brash "Tu oportunidad" being the most famous of them, it being used in TV advertisment ad nauseam. They recorded a version sung with Dani Marco from Despistaos, another of the great Spanish pop rock bands of the 2000s.
  • "Setting Off" Song: "Vamos" peppers the viewer with questions about what is he waiting for before setting off. "Detén el tiempo" does it as well.
  • Singer Namedrop: "En mi coche" has the singer, Dylan, namedropping himself when rememebering what other people said to him.
  • Shout-Out: "La cuesta de Mr. Bond" was a reference to the 007 film The Living Daylights, part of which was shot in Gibraltar.
  • Train Song: "En el andén" has the singer lost in a platform, thinking on how his love went away.
  • You Are Not Alone: The singer in "Grita" assures the lonely singee that there is always someone close to him.