1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Jack Matranga from Earth To Spaceman, and we write and produce indie/electronic music.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Bluegreenorange. It’s a hybrid color that has really lively rhythm sections with dark and dreamy melodies. Best used with headphones.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
I have two very different problems when it comes to creating: starting and stopping. Sometimes I can’t bring myself to sit down and focus, or I can’t get excited about whatever writing method I’m using at the time, so I’ll put it off until it overpowers me. I have forced myself to write many many times, and sometimes it’s good, rarely is it great, and often it is bland. Once I get going on something that I’m really liking, It can be hard to stop tracking or to stop layering synths, or drums, or guitars. Most of the time, if I’m really liking something I’m working on, I’ll record way, way too much and have to pull instruments out or restrain some parts. In my current mindset, I consider a production to be finished when I’ve gotten everything across I want using as few instruments as necessary.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I want to play a show on the back of a boat that tours from harbor to harbor and docks for the show, then we play all night and end with a natural fade-out as we sail away into the sunrise glimmer. It would be called The Portal Tour.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
I felt very successful while I was on a plane to London to play two weeks in the UK. That is one measure of success for me: I got to do something awesome that I always wanted to do as a result of writing songs. On the other hand, I returned completely broke and had absolutely no means of repeating that experience again because shit like that costs money. So another measure of success is perpetuating a living doing exactly what I want to do every day, which is writing and recording music, and by that measure, my biggest success has been landing on some really awesome Spotify playlists that help pay the bills and allow me to keep making music. Sorry not sorry 🙂
6. What inspired you to start making music?
I always loved listening to music. Growing up I was exposed to a large variety of popular music, mainly music from the 1960’s. My family always had the radio blasting. Not just on, but blasting. I started playing music in high school after watching local bands perform around the Sacramento area. I had a friend who made me be in his band. I didn’t really want to, but after a few of us got together and started playing it was game over and I’ve never been able to stop.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
My girlfriend, Annie Magrew. She sings on track 3 of the Earth To Spaceman album and I love it. She has a great voice and if I get my way she’ll be singing more on the next record.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My family, no doubt. I’ve been super lucky in the family department and as it continues to grow I only get luckier. I have some very positive and happy people in my life and it really helps me to want to be better.
9. What’s your favorite book?
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I like turtles. Also, I like cooking and watching Master Chef and Master Chef Jr. with my friends. I think Master Chef is the most exciting show on TV. I’m not joking, but lol.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
I have some all-time favorites, but mostly, for me, that is an ever-changing answer. Right now I am really liking and looking forward to new Sir Sly and Joywave. Those are my tops right now. Also looking forward to more from MIAMIGO and Sunmonks.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
It’s not super hard to write a song that a few people will love…it is indeed super hard to write a song that a whole lot of people will love. It’s not a bad idea to find out what people like to listen to if you want people to like to listen to your songs…but it is a bad idea to try and copy a song people already like to listen to.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
My lucky number is 3.
You can follow Earth To Spaceman on Twitter at @earthtospaceman, and be sure to check them out on Spotify.