INTERVIEW: Space Kamp

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Blessed! Grateful to be talking with you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Summer of Love”?

For sure, we wrote Summer of Love as both an ode to the Grateful Dead and the Shakedown St/Parking Lot culture and as a thank you to the people that support us and come to our shows.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

We are blessed with some amazing supporters that have truly become friends and family. Being on the road, especially as an up and coming indie artist, playing smaller venues and bars can get tough. Driving thousands of miles away from home and family grinding in a van can give you both the time of your life highs as well as be exhausting and sometimes extremely lonely. We have been blessed to have people that will come out to 2 or 3 shows in a row when we are in their area, people bringing us homemade food, amazing artwork and tattoos. We see how blessed we are to have this community and wanted to have a track that was like a thank you letter.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

There was really no plan! We trusted PhrophesyVisionz with filming and editing and told him, we are just gonna invite some friends to this parking lot.. We set up a little pop up market and brought some food and drink and just enjoyed the day.. There was some really great local business and nonprofits that came out and set up shop too. Good vibes all day.

The single comes off your new album Electric Lemonade – what’s the story behind the title?

We were always told if you get lemons make lemonade.

We want to take the lemons thrown at us and put some electricity in it.. Like going above and beyond to make a bad situation not just better but great.. It is also an ode to Ken Kesey and the 60s Psychedelic movement.

How was the recording and writing process?

Amazing! We recorded the title track in Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco while we were on tour. This is same studio Grateful Dead recorded American Beauty,

Jefferson Airplane, 2pac, Souls of Mischief and so many other artists and albums we love were recorded there. It was a great experience and memory. We then flew to Vancouver Island in BC and recorded the rest of the album with Rob the Viking at The Chamber Studio. Rob knows exactly where we want to go, when we aren’t sure how to get there. He is a Mad scientist and really the cornerstone of the Space Kamp.

How has The Grateful Dead influenced your writing?

I don’t think so much writing wise but surely in many other things. The beautiful thing about the Dead is the live show experience, they are able to take you away for a few hours and transport you to this place where everyone is in sync and happy together. This is what we inspire to do. Through our music we want to spread love, break rules and bring people together. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everyday life and experience. Family, friends, traveling and seeing the world.. 

What else is happening next in Space Kamp’s world?

Keep on rolling! Always working and learning.

We are back recording with Rob, we plan to drop a few new singles and videos but obviously right now Electric Lemonade is the main thing on the agenda. We will keep promoting the album

and are hoping to get back on the road soon. We will continue to build the Rebel Hippies Community and Break Rules and Spread Love.

WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/6jjQfB_qwm4

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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