Interview - Steve Spacek

Interview: Steve Spacek. Performing Artist - November 2019


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Media Man continues to interview some of the world's most unique, talented and interesting people. We were introduced to Steve via our involvement with well known and respects surf and beach therapy group, OneWave Bondi, located at beautiful Bondi Beach.

The interview is conducted in two parts, at two different locations. Firstly at at the iconic Bondi Pavilion, followed by the almost as famous, The Bucket List (which just happened to be unusually busy and noisy)., but as they say, the show must go on, and it did.

We will continue to follow Steve's career with great interest, and are delighted to have him in the mix of our Eastern Suburbs of people to watch list.











Bio (partial)

Spacek (also known as Spacek Sound System) is a British electronic music band. Its members are Steve Spacek (Real name Steve White), Ed Spacek, and Morgan Spacek. The group released its debut album, Curvatia in 2001, followed by 2003's Vintage Hi-Tech. Although primarily performing electronic music, the group also fuses elements of R&B, hip hop, trip hop, broken beat and soul into its anomalistic soundbed. Steve Spacek is brother to UK drum and bass artist dBridge.

The trio was formed in the mid-90s by bassist, vocalist, and songwriter, Steve White but initially was a 5 piece that included Francis Hylton (Now in Incognito) and keyboardist Steve Morgan. Through a mutual friend, White was introduced to guitarist Edmund Cavill and with manager Jason Knight approached drummer, Morgan Zarate to the lineup to form Spacek. All three members subsequently adopted Spacek as their surnames.

By 1998, the group had obtained a record deal with British label Island Blue, and began recording in Knight's Clapham-based studio. Their first release was "Eve", which received a great underground buzz in late 1999. The hypnotic, bass-trembling song was ambiguous in nature; a feature which would become a stylistic trademark for the group. The band caught the attention of acclaimed rapper Mos Def, who subsequently contributed a verse to a re-edit of the song and the band signed an American deal with his Goodtree label (MCA/Universal). "Eve" was re-released in 2000, with a remix by producer J Dilla, and a guest appearance from Frank-N-Dank.

After an extended recording period, the group finally premiered their debut album, 2001's Curvatia, to great critical acclaim, and comparisons to artists such as Massive Attack and D'Angelo. Curvatia displayed the group's complex and challenging sensibilities and established them as a promising new talent in the British alternative music scene, but a change in the Island Records hierarchy meant that they were no longer a priority and it was not a strong seller. The second single was "Getaway" with "How Do I Move?" as its B-side.

In 2005, lead vocalist, White, launched a solo career as Steve Spacek, and began recording Spaceshift, after signing with Los Angeles-based label Sound In Color. The album's lead single "Dollar", produced by J Dilla, became an unexpected moderate hit and was particularly popular in the club and among DJs. The song contained a sample of the Billy Paul recording "Let the Dollar Circulate", and dealt with the pros and cons of living with or without money. Notable producer, and former Digable Planets member, King Britt, described the song as "what Curtis Mayfield would be doing today!" Spaceshift was also popular among mainstream critics, with Rolling Stone magazine noting that Spacek " new meaning to the phrase space funk", and Fader magazine calling the group "the most futuristic soul group of our modern age".

The group, fronted by White, continues to tour and gig all over the world. Its members now live in Los Angeles, Munich, and Sydney. In 2007, White appeared as a lecturer at the Red Bull Music Academy and also made a guest appearance on Katalyst's album What's Happening. Spacek also contributed vocals to Mark Pritchard's Harmonic 313 project, on the 2008 album When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence. As of late 2009, White is working on a new project with Katalyst under the name "Space Invadas".

Morgan Spacek has also continued to produce music both as Morgan Spacek and Morgan Zarate, working with artists as diverse as Dizzee Rascal, Raphael Saadiq, Eska and Ghostface Killa.




Steve White is a pioneer, from his earliest incarnations in Stex in the early 90s to present day as Steve Spacek he has pushed boundaries with aesthetics and technology.

Throughout his career he has released music some of the most forward-thinking labels across the musical spectrum- SPA, Eglo, Ninja Tune, Warp, K7, Island Universal and Exit Records.

Alongside Morgan Zarate and Edmond Cavill he formed the band Spacek, a group that would innovate and define a new type of electronic soul music. Two acclaimed albums followed: Curvatia and Vintage Hi-Tech.

Steve Spacek’s next endeavor would be his first solo record: Space Shift, an instant classic that featured household names such a J Dilla and Thundercat.

His most storied contribution to Exit Records would be the Black Pocket project, developing themes he had already explored on previous records.

It was with fellow explorer Mark Pritchard that the Africa HiTech (Via Warp Records) project was born, Hard to pin down in words but instantly recognisable by ear.

It was with Ninja Tune in 2015 that he released a solo record as Beat Spacek titled Modern Streets, an exploration sound pallet and emotions via contemporary technology such as iOS beat making apps, shedding previous workflows in favour of developing his creative discipline further.

For 2017 and beyond Steve is working with Alexander Nut for projects for Eglo and his own label SPA.

Ever the futurist Steve is not one to rest on previous achievements, watch this Space(k).

(Mushroom Music Publishing)






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