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This past weekend, we happened across a performance by Radio Galaxy, an ethereal neo-soul group fronted by a woman deft enough to make it seem like calling herself Spacebunny Jefferson wasn't an entirely ridiculous idea.
The group swayed and glided and floated through the cosmos, singing songs with names like "Lost In Space" and "Isn't Space Interesting." (Totally made that second one up, BTW.) They were, for certain, dynamic and interesting and, ironically enough, earthly.
So we reached out to them to talk about wizards (duh), H.I.S.D. and why they've taken so long to release their first album. Try to keep up. It gets a bit weird at times.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Radio Galaxy in exactly six words.
Spacebunny: We come in peace; summer 2011.
RO: Can you clarify the lineup of the group up please? It's a tad confusing. There's a singer, a DJ, a producer and a majestic wizard, right?
Radio Galaxy: There's Spacebunny Jefferson (the singer) and King Coz (the dynamic production duo consisting of King Midas and DJ Cozmos).
RO: Your sounds tends to gravitate towards that spacey, spacey sound that HISD has apparently been trying to trademark. Is that a requirement when you get signed to their label? Are they like, "Yo, welcome to the family. As you know, you'll be required to record at least one song that someone can describe as 'music that aliens make love to.' Other than that, you have total creative control."?
King Midas: Ha, not necessarily my good human. What you are eluding to is the Space City sound, the sound of Alchemy, turning base metals into liquid gold. Myself and Cozmos have practiced this technique in the Gold Room for quite some time. Being a member in H.I.S.D., I can understand where you might hear some similarities, but Radio Galaxy has a different hue all of its own, But it all starts in the Gold Room.
RO: Why have you all waited so long to release your debut album? Don't you know that you're supposed to record and release the entire project approximately two weeks after you come up with your band name?
Spacebunny: It was important to us to release a project that we could be content with and have no regrets about later on. So, we took time to nurture it, let it breathe, go back and water it, pick out the weeds, and let it blossom on its own. Now it's ripe and ready, and it's time to set it free.
King: Just making sure each song has the brightest hue possible, and that the music is in tune with the creator of all you see. When you play in his band you got to be on the one.
Cozmos: In the Gold Room, the concept of time doesn't apply, so the main focus is in the creation. We just happened to meet the deadlines of the demand.
RO: You have a song called "Lost In Space." What's it really about, because it's not literally about space, right?
Spacebunny: It's about realizing love and self-love, and endeavoring to drop your preconceptions and your ego, and simply lose yourself wholly in the journey to find either or both.
Cozmos: "Lost in Space" is a blissful piece that was made in what I would call the perfect mind state of musical euphoria.
King: Spaced Up.
RO: Anything you all want to make sure gets mentioned?
King: Like it. The Weakend is near.
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