Q&A: Spaceman Talks Taking His Time, Sobriety, and His Solo Debut

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Spaceman performs Sat., Jan. 16, at Chop Suey. With Fresh Espresso, Steelo and Hella Dope.
"Ooo, he got that shotty," Spaceman says. The Seattle MC

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Q&A: Spaceman Talks Taking His Time, Sobriety, and His Solo Debut

  • Q&A: Spaceman Talks Taking His Time, Sobriety, and His Solo Debut

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    Spaceman performs Sat., Jan. 16, at Chop Suey. With Fresh Espresso, Steelo and Hella Dope.
    "Ooo, he got that shotty," Spaceman says. The Seattle MC is at "my guy's house"--a studio in Pioneer Square--and he's kind of distracted. If I didn't know better, I'd say Spaceman is drunk. According to the timer on my recorder, it takes him about 45 seconds to spell his real name, Demetrius Beaumonte, and about three minutes before he finally adjusts to the fact that, yes, there is someone on the phone trying to interview him.

    But Spaceman isn't drunk, because he doesn't drink. There's just apparently a lot going on in the studio. And, eventually, Spaceman settles into the conversation.

    It's surprising to many to learn that tomorrow night's show is only his second as a headliner. Although he's a ubiquitous presence on stages all around Seattle (he's one of the most entertaining live performers in the city) and on tracks--from those by his Sportn' Life label-mate D. Black to producer Jake One's White Van Music--Spaceman is only now gearing up to make himself the main attraction. We talked recently about his performance style, his upcoming debut solo album, and how to avoid shitting on yourself--musically speaking.

    What's going to be the difference between this show and your first solo show?

    The difference is me reaching out more. it's gonna be more of like a "Spaceman and friends" type of thing. I haven't done a whole lot of reaching out lately when it comes to, like, my show efforts and stuff. But I think for this one--this one I'm gonna reach out some more.

    Why haven't you been reaching out prior to this upcoming date?

    Really, I've been just trying to find myself, you know, and understand all the aspects of me before I'm able to really start reaching out. But I think I'm at a point now where I've done enough shows showing people what I can do and my songs and stuff.

    Are you starting to come into your own?

    Yeah. Actually, I just got a lot of other songs with other people. So I think the true significance of this show is let me try to do something different. I'm just gonna give people a poppin' show to go to. I'm not putting out a mixtape--well, I am, but it's not ready yet. I want to do a whole show where I'm just reaching out to my friends and just showing respect to the people that show me hella love, you know what I mean?

    In terms of whom you chose to go on the bill with you, how do you go about making those selections?

    There's a business aspect to it, where it's like who's the guys that have been doing their thing. And then there's the aspect of, well, who do I like, too. I've been blessed to be out here working with a couple people I like, so, you know ,why not? It's who I like, and who's doing their thing. Usually, you only wanna work with people that you've got somewhat of a relationship with and that you respect. It's not like I don't't got no respect for nobody else. These are two other groups that I see similarities within myself and I think that it's a good match.

    A lot of people have been waiting for a long time for you to put out a solo effort. So, when do you think you might be [releasing it]?

    Man, the first quarter of this year. And everybody can look forward to a solo effort from Spaceman. It's coming.

    What's taken you so long to get to a point where you're ready to release a solo album?

    I'm a perfectionist. So when I do things, like, I'm never in a rush to do them. I don't think music should be rushed. Music is so timeless that if you rush it, you're really just shitting on yourself.

    You always bring a lot of energy to the stage.

    Somebody's gotta do it.

    Who do you get your inspiration from in terms of your live shows?

    I'm just an energetic soul. So when it comes to me playing sports or anything, really, I'm just using that energy.

    And you don't drink, so that probably helps.

    Naw, no drinking or smoking. I mean, yeah, I'm just gonna keep it there.

     
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