Q & A With Spacejam

Q & A With Spacejam
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or
announcements?
First of all, hello everyone here Sebastian PARRIS, I am the founder of the group, songwriter, singer and guitarist of the band Spacejam.
The latest news from the band. We changed drummer, it is now Pat Bouet who hits the drums in Spacejam. Pat has been a professional drummer for over 30 years. He has performed with many great rock bands and has toured and recorded around the world.

I’m shooting the last video of the band. I built, all the sets, created the storyboard, the characters etc …
The video should be ready during the month of July. Our record label The Animal Farm Music will make a “Radio Edit” of our song “Stay Alive” and it’s this version of the song that will be in the video clip.

We are also working on our usual setlist with Pat and also working on my newest songs. I have more than twenty in stock, so we’re quite busy.
We are also preparing the next gigs and we are going to offer a lot of very fun things to make the audience and professionals in the music industry want to program us!

We are not lacking in ideas and creativity.
2020 will be the year when Spacejam is launched into orbit.
Donald Trump said that in 4 years the Americans would finally walk on the moon, I can guarantee you that Spacejam will be there before and cheering them with a good old pinta when they’ll land lol!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
We’ve been together since 2017.
 
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

The UK Punk “Movement” back in 1977 after seeing the Sex Pistols live during their Never mind the Bans Tour at the Uxbridge Brunel University in December of that same year. If I wasn’t a musician I would probably be living on Mars or dead!

XS ROCK: What is your music background?

I have so many musical influences…The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, all the UK and US Punk bands (Sex Pistols, Damned, Clash, Ruts, UK Subs, Ramones, Television, DK, Dead Boys, Bad Brains…) Siouxsie & Banshees, The Cure, Joy Division, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queen of the Stone Age…  They are part of the musician I am today. It’s not something I am conscious of when I am writing songs, but it’s in my brain in my soul, I can feel all these great musicians in me.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Our music conveys several images, but mainly the image of life with its ups and downs. It’s all about my feelings of being human and the interaction I have with other human beings. The stories I tell are all personal and speak a lot of love, ruptures, hope, disappointments, questions, betrayals … In short, slices of life.
In my last songs, I talk more about the system in which we are and which leads us to what we live today, that is to say, a world dictatorship which made us what it wanted and without anyone saying nothing!
 
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Our musical career goals are to be at the top of the top, to play in front of hundreds of thousands of people, to tour all over the world and to meet the World! Record in the craziest studios with the best professionals. Meet all the people we admire and share unique musical and other moments!
To be even bigger and better known than the Beatles.
It will seem pretentious, but Helping the world to get better thanks to our music would be an accomplishment. Help those who need it …

We no longer have the time or the place for mediocrity, Spacejam is now or never!

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live
audience?
I love to do both! Recording is like giving birth, we spend months sometimes years creating a song, working on it, refining it, improving it while always taking care that it’s the best expression of the original idea we had. Then it’s recorded and there, it’s the most beautiful photo of this moment which is to capture forever, then we entrust this raw thing still fragile to sound professionals who will work with you to make it more beautiful, more powerful, more more more …
Then comes the time for presentations to music industry professionals and our loyal audience.
There again, it’s the audience and him alone that will make your first idea a popular success or a collective oversight!
Playing live on stage is the most beautiful love story you will ever have with those who love you, your audience!
It’s simply essential and it’s also the moment where you will test live if your songs make an impact or not. The answer is immediate.
Unfortunately, I can’t choose between recording and playing live on stage. I need both!
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

There are no particular messages in my songs as they all are personal experiences or personal trips. The songs resonate with the mood you are in at the moment you’ll listen to them or not. You’ll either find them great or find them shitty and that’s fine with me.

 

XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
It’s to be able to continue playing live in front of an audience without masks and without social distancing. Music is a sharing of emotions that can only be done naked!We need all the venues in the world to keep on performing. We, all the musicians of the world must unite in the same one fight, ensuring that all the venues of the world remain open. Let’s stop asking governments that don’t give a shit about us anyway! It’s up to us to re-create our own networks the richest few helping the poorest, it’s a question of safeguarding our profession. Kennedy said in a speech in 1960: “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” The message was clear enough at the time and hasn’t changed since!
The hashtag “Let the music play” is very good, but it does not offer any concrete solution for our venues under threat.
 
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us
in.
 We were touring Germany in the mid-eighties and there was that group of 2 crazy girls we met in a Bar in Dortmund after one of our shows. They took us to a strange party and everyone was dressed like aliens and at the entrance, there were tall glasses with lots of different drugs in them and I remember the bass player and I took black pills without knowing what they were. I don’t remember what happened after that, just flashes from time to time, and the same for the tour I only remember being on the car ferry and seeing the port of Dover again. The other two in the band told us after the tour that the 2 German girls wanted to get married in England with us and they were glued to us all the time. Eventually, they were turned back by customs officials at the French border for invalid passports.
 
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
One day a guy asked us to play the national anthem of Belarus on stage with him on stage and his typical balalaïka!
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
My father was always more reluctant to find that music is not a stable job!
 
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Never trust an alcoholic!
 
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
 I Hate You So. It’s a sweet little “luv song” as they say up north! A very current song. People get it straight away. It’s got a great gimmick that you can’t get out of your head. 
 
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Elvis Presley.
 
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
The Cure, Foo Fighters, Stereophonics, Queen of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, RATM, RHCP…
 
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Playing the guitar with Robert Smith of The Cure.
 
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you
would have?
I would certainly be dead! I don’t know how to do anything else! And above all, I never wanted to do anything else!
 
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
PA systems, Mics, Instruments, lights…..
 
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
There are many bands, the offer is very large. For me, quality, energy and the message are not always there, unfortunately! Fortunately, there are still some great bands out there.
 
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

 

I was born in France and raised near Dartford (Kent) in England. I’m a pink monkey bird and grew up with Punk. My first ever gig was the Sex Pistols at Uxbridge University in December 77 I was 12. My first ever recording as an artist was at ARK Studios near London I think in 1982 I was 17. 1992 I moved to Paris and recorded as a pro with my band Bikini in Studio de la Grande Armée (Paris) one of the best recording studios in Europe at the time. We were signed to BMG records and our manager was Marc Barrière who was Indochine and Trust’s manager (The 2 biggest bands France ever had.) We toured Europe. I have released several LP’s on indie Labels. I Met Robert Smith of The Cure 1985 we were friends and used to meet regularly and spend lots of great times together.

 

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
We have just released our new album titled TEN May 22nd, which we recorded near Bordeaux (southwest of France) in November 2019 with Clive Martin who worked with people like David Bowie, Queen, The Cure, Sting etc. .. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in 14 days on a NEEVE analogue console. and we are very proud of the result.
You can find our new album TEN on all the current digital platforms (Spotify…)
CD is for sale on our website (WWW.SPACEJAMBAND.COM) as well as on our Bandcamp.(spacejam1) 
Follow us on FB and IG : spacejamofficiel.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
You are welcome guys, hope to meet you on the road soon.
Keep fighting for your rights!