Deep Space interview

February 19, 2013

Deep Space interview

When I first heard the name “Deep
Space”, I immediately connected you to the space/psych movement and I was
right. You were formed in Austin and are keepers of the psychedelic torch of
Texas. Were you influenced by bands like The 13th Floor Elevators, Golden Dawn,
Bubble Puppy, and Josefus, since they are all from Texas?
Robbie: I just make a conscious effort to
take what’s been done in this town before–like what the 13th Floor Elevators
did, and launch it into outer space. I remember having a deep conversation with
Christian Bland, of The Black Angels, and we got on this tangent about making
music in the future but with an old school vibe. I have millions of dreams in
my head that involve being lost in Deep Space. Science fiction is a huge
Buddy: Growing up, John Bonham and Mitch
Mitchell were giant influences on me. I grew up listening to alot of
psychedelic rock from the 60’s and 70’s. When I got to Austin, I had more
access to it, and started digging into all the culture and history this town
has. I really dig the movement created by The Vulcan Gas Company and love how
so many people were involved in it. Behind each band like The Moving Sidewalks,
The Elevators, Shiva’s Headband, and Bubble Puppy was a community of artists
all contributing to the same vibe.
Maxxx: Well I like 13th Floor Elevators but
I’m new to Austin by way of NYC and San Francisco before that. I grew up going
to punk shows in SF at The Farm and Berkeley’s 924 Gilman St. I’d see Neurosis
or Sleep back in the late 80’s. Rites of Spring and Lungfish are still in the
rotation. Later on I found Shoegaze. I dig Spacemen 3 of course, but Loop is
just as good. I like Ride and MBV too.
Dan: Being from Texas, I knew about the
psych rock movement in Austin during the 60’s and 70’s and have always been
inspired by some of those greats. I moved to Austin years ago to indulge in the
rich, diverse music scene that they started. My influences are extremely
diverse. They differ from day to day. In art, music, and life. Too many to list
I read your bio and you seem like you are
into the real deal. You like art films, tribal drumming, and all kind of other
mind expanding things. Even if I hadn’t heard your music, I would be a fan.
Tell us more about your influences.
Maxxx: I’m an art teacher and fine artist,
I’ll take some cinema of transgression over drum circles. Now Viennese
actionist, that’s true art because it’s a fuck you to the bourgeois!
Robbie: Yeah man, the tribal drumming is
the heart and soul that pulses through the bedrock of our space jams. Native
American shamanistic community orgies centered around The Big Drum and The Big
Beat is the essence of life on the metaphysical level.  13th Floor Elevators sang about opening one’s
mind in order to let everything come through.
Light & Sound Records is your record
company. What can you tell us about it? It looks damn interesting…
Buddy: We know what we want, and have a
pretty clear plan of attack. We are lucky to have so many awesome people around
us who share the same vision and they all have something great to contribute.
Collectively, this label is taking shape, and moving quick. This is gonna be a
great year for Light & Sound Records.
Robbie: Last year, Buddy and I started a
music festival called Psychedelic Light & Sound. Once that got off the
ground, it only made sense to have a record label represent these vibrations
that we’ve spent time cultivating. We also wanted a platform to release our own
music. Boom! Light & Sound Records was born.
You recently released your first album
called Cosmic Waves. Would you like to present us your album and perhaps share
a bit about the concept behind it and what did you have in mind while recording
Buddy: We’ve been through a few different lineups
since Deep Space emerged into the world last year. Our current and best lineup
has been together for about 6 months. Throughout the year, we have written so
many songs. Even with this current lineup, we’ve probably written about 30. We
record in our own studio, so we were free of time constraints and recorded at
our own pace. “Vibrations” really came to life when we went into the
studio. We had a lot of it written, but the groove at the end is totally
organic and just came to us as we were recording the written part.  I think “Cosmic Waves” puts a good
scope on our collaborations as musicians, and is a sonic snapshot of the five
of us digging deeper into the sound and finding our pockets.
Dan: Our first effort is the result of a
lot of late night hours and hard work from all members of Deep Space. I think
it encompasses our sound pretty well and should give listeners the chance to
hear where we’re coming from in case they can’t make it out to the performance. 
The Shri Yantra symbol on the cover of
“Cosmic Waves” is one of the most ancient symbols of transcendental
meditation. This sacred geometric symbol can deliver transcendent thoughts and
a deeper connection to your inner subconsciousness. The Shri Yantra’s nine
triangles are interlaced in such a way as to form 43 smaller triangles in a web
symbolic of the entire cosmos. To capture the essence of our music and maximize
your listening pleasure, we recommend that you meditate on this symbol while
listening to this album. It will reveal and open doors of perception within
your consciousness.

Are you satisfied?
Buddy: Yes.
Maxxx: Almost
Dan: I’m pleased with our efforts but this
album is just the beginning.
Where can we grab a copy?
What’s in plan right now and what are some
future plans for you?
Buddy: Psychedelic Light & Sound in
Denver. Studio sessions. Writing more music. 
Record releases. World domination.
Robbie: I’m already in the future. My death
is in the past. We’ve also picked up another cosmonaut recently. We got this
rad dude hopping on a plane from the middle of America to come rock with us at
our next show with the Psychic Ills. He plays tambourine, and sitar. We are
completly stoked to have another ray of light shining through this prism.

Gotta ask, what’s on your turntable and
what are you reading?
Buddy: “Noctuary” by The Holydrug
Couple, The Tibetan Book of The Dead.
Maxxx: Neil young’s new one, “Wage
Heavy Peace’. I’ve got lots on the nightstand. I had a dream about Tristam
Shandy and Laurence Sterne. I’m also a huge J.G. Ballard and Phillip K. Dick
fan. Music is for many moods. I find myself hitting the old standards but new
stuff as well like Asteroid 4 and maybe Moon Duo. For chilled out occasions, I
like what Fuxa is got going on. Always Kraftwerk…
Dan: King Crimson, Stone Roses, R. Stevie
Moore; I don’t have time to read…
Robbie: Maxxx gave me a copy of “The
Doors of Perception”, and it’s resonating in my mind. We just wrote a new
song called “Inner Light Blues”, and it’s all about mind expansion
and the emotions that go through delving into the deep subconsciousness and
flipping through multiple realites. I love meditating and dreaming. I’ve been
writing alot of the material for Deep Space and most of it comes from my
contstant absorbtion of art created by people who lean toward the ideas of
My daily musical ritual consist of: The Ufo
Club, Spacemen 3, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, Night Beats, Jimi
Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Black Angels, The 13th Floor Elevators,
and of course Deep Space.

Interview made by Klemen Breznikar/2013
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