05 Dec Close Encounters With Space Jesus
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Close Encounters With Space Jesus
By Melissa Mallin
Who the f*ck is Space Jesus? If you’re wondering who in the hell Space Jesus is, don’t worry because you’re probably not alone. Having gained a reputation for his dynamic live performances, Jasha Tull, better known by the name Space Jesus, is making his intergalactic mark on the EDM scene. Born and raised in New Jersey, Tull’s music explores the electronic auditory universe in search of lower frequencies, future feels and fire beats. Having made a name for himself in the tri-state area’s underground bass scene by focusing on bassline synthesis, commanding beats and futuristic feels, Space Jesus injects his signature sound on every sub-genre he graces.
Currently, Space Jesus is working on his first, real full-length album titled Close Encounters, which will take listeners on an intense journey through intergalactic gangster truths and crunchy bass textures. EDM World Magazine met up with the psychedelic basshead to talk about music, his alias name, tour life and more.
Tell me a little about yourself, where you’re from and how you got interested in music?
I’m from New Jersey and music has always been a big part in my life. I started making Electronic music probably when I was about 13 or 14, just messing around. I was producing things for fun for a long time, so I was probably around 20 or 21 when I started making Electro music and stuff like that. It was only about five years ago that I really started getting into it 100 percent and making music every day.
It’s Sunday and the last day of TomorrowWorld. Tell me about your experience so far and what has been your most memorable moment?
Well, I just showed up today. Finding out that my set was re-scheduled after thinking it was cancelled was probably the coolest part for me because I was already coming to terms with having traveled all the way here and not being able to perform. So, when I found out I was actually playing… it was like a wonderful gift from the universe.
Your name is Jasha Tull, but you go by the name Space Jesus. Where did this name come from and why use an alias rather than your real name?
The mysteries of the universe are all around us.
I use the name Space Jesus to encourage people to question reality, which is something I try to communicate with my music. Also, I have many other aliases, but you’ll have to figure those out on your own.
What are the advantages of using an alias? What are some of the disadvantages?
I don’t really think of Space Jesus as myself; I think of it as the music, the message, the show, the experience, and the surrounding project as a whole. When people use an alias to describe and define themselves rather than a creative extension of themselves, it can get tricky. Refer to the song “Children Posing,” by GDP for my full opinion on this question.
How would you describe your music to others and what does making music mean to you?
Making music means everything to me. It’s a self-actualizing addiction/obsession that I’m so grateful for having in my life. I live for the feeling of my arm hairs standing on end in response to music. I love new sounds and rhythms. If you took all of the sounds that tickled my brain over my entire lifetime and vomited them out onto a hip-hop break, you’d be left with my sound. I love creating music with like-minded friends. It feels like we’re changing the world together! Shout out to Freddy Todd, GDP and Supersillyus!
For someone who’s never heard of you before, what song should they listen to first and why?
You should definitely listen to, “HMU.” I didn’t intend it this way, but the way the song came out, it’s a good access point for people who may not have been exposed to bass music before.
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