Jake and Big Red from Spaceface here answering questions for The Friday Thirteen!
First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
That’s a big question. I like to start with, who am I not? Oftentimes, the concept of the self is too overwhelming and I find myself getting lost in who I could be, rather than who I actually am. So the real question is, what’s more important: where am I now, or where am I going?
But really, we’re Spaceface, and right now we make earthy psychedelia.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
BR: Purple. Every song is every different. Actually, every part of every song is different. Every note of every song is different.
Jake: To me, definitely.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Doing it. We find ourselves finding answering questions in the living room of our hot house instead of going to our space and practicing it.
Finding time for it. In between building lights, booking shows, making art – we are a fully self-functioning entity – it gets hard to balance all of that with actually going through the creative process.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Oooh. It would be our own curated, hyper-funded beach music festival that we get to book, with art installations that you have to walk through to get to the music. Probably somewhere in Northern California where the redwoods meet the sand (so you have to walk through the forests).
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
The record – having the physical vinyl was what we all wanted for so long. Record labels we were meeting with before told us that we shouldn’t put out a full-length album like that, that it wouldn’t be attractive or do well, etc. As a group, we pretty collectively said: “fuck that.” And now to have the physical, multi-colored vinyl that you could play on a satellite somewhere if Carl Sagan’s ghost decided to ship it out somewhere is pretty cool.
What inspired you to start making music?
Jake: My dad always played music, so there was always something around. When I was three, he would always have instruments around while he and his friends were jamming, and he would just set me up on a stool somewhere and let me hit something with a stick. So I was just always used to having it around.
BR: All my friends were playing instruments and I wanted to play with them, so I just started taking drum lessons in high school.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Jake: I want to hear the original A432 when the one composer said he heard it and it sounded like God was singing to him because it was so pure.
BR: Do they have to be singing? I want to hear the original ‘Rites of Spring’ in the Paris Opera House.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
BR: Movies – watching a movie scene and trying to write songs to it. I listen to movie soundtracks and get inspired by that.
Jake: My parents. They kicked ass – broke as a joke, having kids way too early, struggling through, working hard.
What’s your favorite book?
BR: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I’m listening to it on audiobook right now – I’m really into audiobooks for the long drives we have to make on tour.
Jake: Mine changes all the time. Right now I’m reading this book called ‘You Will Die,’ about taboos and rituals, and that’s my favorite right now. The last really good book I read was ‘Jitterbug Perfume’ by Tom Robbins.
What do you like to do other than music?
Jake: I like to watercolor portraits of dogs sometimes. Exercising keeps me from getting too stressed. But really I just watch The Office.
BR: Cookie jar collecting.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Jake: That changes day-to-day. Mine has been TeeVes recently. I also like to listen to bands we’re going to be touring with! I’ve been listening to a lot of Wizaard lately. Moniker from the Hunt from the Wilderpeople soundtrack is pretty cool.
BR: We all like Tame Impala, Dr. Dog…White Denim.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Learn to record and mix yourselves. Don’t just learn how to play an instrument, learn how to do everything – don’t just learn how to play drums, you gotta learn how to put keyboards together from scratch, book tours, print shirts – understand everything that goes into it and how to do it.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
You can follow Spaceface on Instagram at @spacefacemusic, and be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify.