King Space has been featured on VannDigital a couple of times and we figured it'd be time to properly introduce Space to the masses with a written interview. Find out what goes on in King Space and what inspired him to start being a musician. Interview conducted by D-Prince.
D-Prince: How did you get your stage name?
King Space: It [Space Academy] was given to me as a nickname by a former middle school acquaintance of mines. Paraphrasing his words, I didn't have one set style of creating music. I wrote, rapped and sang. Forever spaced out musically and my own little academy with diversity of songs. Of course my stage name has now been changed to King Space, more maturity to the name along with sticking to what Day 1 fans recognize.
What inspired you to become a rap artist?
Honestly the fact that I couldn't create alternative rock. It was the genre I originally wanted to venture into as a musician. Other than that many other factors that will come to light on records I'm releasing this year.
When did you start? And have you created any records yet or mixtape?
I started recording music late '07. I was writing and recording freestyles to work by other musicians as it was all I could do at the time. I released one mixtape in '09 that was in reality more of a compilation CD of my favorite freestyles. It wasn't until '10 that I actually started working on original records. From that point on I've only released a handful of singles. Several of them include: Find My Way featuring English singer Joy Joseph and English rapper Klayz, Sean Connery featuring Canadian singer NLX and a cleared sample of Blue Foundation's Bonfires which came off being Beautiful Tragedy. This year I release my debut EP entitled Lucid Dreams with all new records and musical direction.
What's your favorite thing to do when you aren't writing, producing, etc?
Traveling, I love having the opportunity to explore new cities, cultures, discover new museums and food. Watch a LOT of films, I draw a lot of inspiration from them as well as hang out with friends, would love to backpack Europe with several of them if possible this coming summer.
Who are your musical inspirations?
There is too many to name. Hard to choose who to start with, but the biggest out of anyone I can possible name has to be Claudio Sanchez. The lead singer of Coheed and Cambria and actually I'm inspired by the band as a whole. I remember seeing their video 'The Suffering' on MTV and feeling literally a part of the music. It didn't feel distant from their work. I wanted to create that. The album: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One, paved the journey for me as a recording artist. Next there's Sway. One of England's greatest in my opinion as well as most of his peers, I'm sure. I discovered his music the winter of 2010. I remember him replying to some of my tweets and taking the time to hear several of my records. He's given me guidance both directly and indirectly and showed I can accomplish my goals with persistence and belief in positive out come from hard work. And last, but not least Mickey Factz who falls under the status of idol. Both coming from the Bronx, New York his career was an important one to follow for me as there weren't many musicians from the Bronx actually making an impact in my opinion. He inspired me to put on for the city I'm from which I hope to do in the near future.
What genres of music do you listen to?
Primarily rock, but of course Rap/Hip-Hop, Classical (when I'm feeling stressed), Folk music and any other genre with music that happens to catch my attention. I love music as a whole.
What surprises would we find in your music collection?
Hard to say really I feel like all music is a surprise in its own way. Just depends on the mood you're in, but I'd have to say Coheed and Cambria's entire body of work. Same goes for Mickey Factz and Sway. I guess another thing would have to be is that I don't listen to what people would consider old school hip-hop. With the exception of Big L, I'm not really a fan. I wasn't raised listening to Hip-Hop. It was all Spanish records my mom used to listen to from the Dominican Republic. So it never resonated with me.
Today's music is about collaborations. What "hot" rapper out now, would you love to work with?
I'm happy to announce that literally one of my top three goals musically has been accomplished. Surprisingly not how I expected. Instead of featuring on one of my records I've landed a feature on Mickey Factz new record. Mickey took a liking to my brand and the rest is history. This is HUGE to me. Since introduction to his music during my High School days I've went from idolizing his work (still do), being told by my classmates that my music wasn't worth shit without Mickey's approval to being on HIS record. So that's knocked off of my list, ha.
I'd also love to work with Sway of course! Massive fan! Someone I listen to on a daily basis without miss. I look up to him and hope I get a chance to meet him one of these days soon.
Mr. Hudson! Love his voice and the creative process behind the music. I've not seen this first hand, but you can hear it in the music. I have fun listening to his records. One thing missing for me at times is that fun, creative, chill factor. I don't like being serious all of the times and I feel like we'd make great records if the chance ever arises.
Last on my list is an official record with Wizzy Wow. The way 'Know About Me' came about was a bit weird, ha. It was a fun record for me though. Caught Wizzy's attention and crazy to think that a lot of the records he's produced have gotten me through life before I even knew who he was.
What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
An escape, hope, inspiration, parts of my life I don't normally share with others and an authentic connection. Where ever the music may take them.
What do you hope to do with your music?
Inspire others to be themselves. Apart from things like traveling and meeting new peoples that's top on my list.
Where do you see the generation heading?
That's really a hard one to answer. It all depends what trends are out. It seems like directions determined by what captures the attention of the masses. Let's just hope it's in a positive direction. I'll leave it at that as it's a touchy subject. People get offended too quick. Not a fan of censorship, but hey.
Is there any advice you'd like to give to young aspiring rappers?
Stay humble! - Seriously one of the most important things you can do for your career.
Beware who you trust in this business. Just recently I hired a PR "company", not saying any names for the sake of not turning this into a bigger issue than it already is, and instead of doing the work they had to do they pumped my account with fake followers to make it seem as if they were doing their job. DO NOT FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT. Trust from your fans and potential fans means EVERYTHING! I am content at my 30K real following. An authentic following is better than having an account full of nothing.
Have fun, don't stress yourself.
What projects should we be on the lookout for in the near future?
My debut EP Lucid Dreams, my feature on Mickey Factz new record and an official vocal remix I did to Oski's Nice N' Slo.
Any shout outs?
Only shout out I have to give is to the Vann Digital team for giving me the first interview of the year as well as to D-Prince for conducting the interview.
King Space dropped a new record recently as a single. Check it out below!