Interview with Space Jesus: A Passionate Artist Discusses his Religion, Music and Hair @ Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge

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Last Saturday, electronic producers Space Jesus and Freddy Todd brought their Astronaut School Tour to Boston at the Middle East nightclub in cambridge. For those who haven’t heard of their music, it is best categorized as psychedelic bass music with hip hop influences.

We had the chance to interview Space Jesus (Jasha Tull, 28)  before his set, and discussed various aspects of his music making career and life in general. The music was extremely loud backstage, so we stepped outside and talked for some 20 minutes while enjoying some bogues in the freezing cold. It’s always nice when giving an interview that feels more like a conversation than just firing questions and receiving short answers.

As expected from his inspiring music, Space Jesus proved to be a down to earth and passionate artist who takes rightful pride in his creations. Here’s what he had to say about his journey to discovering music as a career, his spiritual beliefs, and signature locks:

Last Saturday, electronic producers Space Jesus and Freddy Todd brought their Astronaut School Tour to Boston at the Middle East nightclub in cambridge. For those who haven’t heard of their music, it is best categorized as psychedelic bass music with hip hop influences.

We had the chance to interview Space Jesus (Jasha Tull, 28)  before his set, and discussed various aspects of his music making career and life in general. The music was extremely loud backstage, so we stepped outside and talked for some 20 minutes while enjoying some bogues in the freezing cold. It’s always nice when giving an interview that feels more like a conversation than just firing questions and receiving short answers.
As expected from his inspiring music, Space Jesus proved to be a down to earth and passionate artist who takes rightful pride in his creations. Here’s what he had to say about his journey to discovering music as a career, his spiritual beliefs, and signature locks:

What is Malaysian Safari?
“Someone in malayisia on a safari.”

Could you be more specific?
“Ok, maybe a person with a hard hat, but still kind of like a bucket hat and they’re standing on a jeep and they’re staring out of a window with some giraffe and someone from malaysia driving next to them in a really shitty car.”

Do people actually think you’re religious?
“I grew up atheist, I was never anti-religious but never considered myself religious. Not religious at all, but somewhat spiritual.”

Do you believe in karma?
“I believe in integrity and honesty, as long as you keep those things there and put 100% into what you love that’s all you really need.”
What initially got you exposed to music?
“I used to lay the horns, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet throughout middle school. I was in the Jazz band and orchestra.
Then later I got into hip hop, and classical music became less cool to me. My thoughts on clarinet playing became ‘This is fucking stupid, I just want to go home and make my own music.’
My initial experience with producing was when I was 13, and my friends dad worked at Guitar Center. We were smoking and chilling in his car one day, and he told me they had a bunch of producing equipment in their basement that no one knew how to use. Then he asked me if I wanted to try them out, and I was like hell yes! I kept experimenting with different technologies an techniques until I found a sound I loved.”

Whats your deal with the long hair?
“Ive always had long hair, only cut it twice in the last 10 years. One I shaved my head and noticed that i’d constantly be bumping my head into things without having a ponytail.”

Isn’t it good to have the ears covered in this cold winter?
“Yea until you’re dripping sweat at a festival.”

Why do you make music?
“I really only did music because it made me happy. Back in the day after my job I would struggle to find free time to run home and make music, it gave me so much happiness to create unique music and then show it to others. It already feels awesome to make and if I could please people that adds even more to the experience.”

Do you prefer performing or producing?
“I would chose making music over DJing because once a set is played, it disappeared.Once you produce a song, it is permanently out there in the world. The process of producing original music is what I love, and entertaining others is important but comes second to me.”

What made you consider it as a career?
“At the end of the day, all I want to do i be able to eat sleep and make music. Thats really it,
At first, it was hard for me to make these decisions to make music. My parents didn’t initially support me, but now they do since I’ve gained popularity and come jam out to my shows. My mom was even posted up on stage and throwing flyers one time.
I’m the type of person that if i tried to do something I didn’t care about, I just wouldn’t do it and be horrible at it. If I get the opportunity to do something I love I’m going to take it seriously and make something out of it.”

Whats your overall approach on making new music?
“I just pick notes depending on how I want the listener to feel. Choosing notes depending on where you want to hit your body, sliding the bass up and down, and it vibrates through you at different points to create different feelings.
If you focus on this and instead of how the music is supposed to sound, it makes something really cool. ”

Are you inspired by Bassnectar (music or hair)?
“Yes I am a big fan. Saw him for the first time when I was living in Hawaii, in a tiny room with about 7 people total. What I admired is that the was playing like he was playing at madison square garden. Goes to show that you are the translator of the music, you are the one portraying your music, to take that on is part of the job of a performer. ”

Do you EQ your own songs?
“Yes. Only one track tonight is not my own, I aspire keep integrity by using own material. The original material holds he most value because it is all your mental creation, even if it is inspired by something else.”

Whats one thing you would tell yourself when you had first started producing?
“Stick with it, do what you love to do.”

The concert was definitely a true performance, the entire crowd became hyped up by the heavy bass and unique sounds to accompany it. Space Jesus’ stage presence was definitely as energetic as the Bass God himself (Bassnectar), with his hair and body vibing out to awesome music on stage, and succesfully pumping up the crowd during his entire set.

Check out his soundcloud below, and make sure to follow/like Space Jesus on Facebook and Twitter if you’re a fan!

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