Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Jake Ingalls. I am the front man and guitar player for Spaceface; when I'm not doing that, I play guitar and synthesizer in The Flaming Lips. I've been touring professionally since about 2009 and I love almost every second of it.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
You have to know all of the intricacies of a situation before you can really enjoy any real simplicity. I think I used to have a stern outlook on the way things are but these days, I feel that the only way to look at most things is with a flexible nature. I try to see all angles before I commit to something. I think that affects the music in a nebulous sort of way; our new record, Sun Kids, is full of what I call melody clouds. It's sort of a pillowy combination of melodies that indicate 10 different ways the song could go that float in and out of your ears - I wanted to make a sort of texture that you'd want to live between. It also affects the show greatly - you know that when you see us, we've tried this song 10 different ways before we got to the way it sounds the best.
How would you describe your style? Do you feel like it reflects you?
Musically, sort of acid washed throw back with tinges of modern production. Loose, chaotic and fun. Yes, in my life, I feel that my general work ethic and the way I end up going about problem solving is old school, but you can't really escape modern necessities. My ineptitude often leads to an easy sense of wonder. Often I feel this plays a great part in my creative process, where I'm almost empowered by my lack of knowledge, finding weird secrets inside the technology because I'm not using it the way it's supposed to be used.
What are a few tips for other artists that might be reading this?
LEARN TO RECORD AND MIX YOURSELF. Don't wait. Book the show, belt out that melody. No one is ever going to take up the torch for you. The second you start moving for yourself, people will see and they'll want to be a part of the world you're creating. It will never be perfect, but would you really want that? Learn to embrace the mistakes and chaos and move on.
Could you tell us about, 'In The Clouds', what was the motivation behind the work?
We wanted to write a song that made you want to roll your windows down and sing along. The image we had in mind was the Cloud Kingdom scene in Adventure Time. It's really about the highs and lows about being truly on your own and how fantastic and freeing that can be, but also how lonely it can really feel. And in the end, most people really are just seeking some sort of comfort; whether that's found in another person or partying all the time or just sleeping.
Could you tell us about one of your favorite tracks you've created? Why is it still your favorite?
That's a tough one. By the time the record is done and out there, I've typically moved on to a new favorite one I'm currently working on. In my mind, you pour so many different aspects of yourself into each one, they all become favorites in their own right. "Radiator" has the best bass line, "Cowboy Lightning" has the best riff, "Spread Your Head" has the best drums, "Timeshare" evokes the most emotion, and "Anything At All" has the best lyrics.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
I don't think so. I just try to get it all out whenever inspiration strikes, but most of the time we end up kinda just grinding away until something we like happens.
What’s a typical day for you?
These days, it's usually on the road. Wake up, drink a bunch of water, find some food, try and get a work out in, set up the show and see as much of the city you're in before you gotta go play again.
Coffee or tea?
BOTH! 1 coffee and two bags of green tea.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
I want to tell people around me that I love them more often, there's been a lot of sudden deaths around us lately and it's really got me thinking about the finite nature of your time with people. Oh! And I want to record a quick 6 song EP before fall and put it out ASAP.
What makes you happy?
Puppies, burritos, a good sleep, lazy sunny days, bare feet.
Any closing comments?
The record is out digitally everywhere now, physically through our website AND we're going on a West Coast tour starting May 26th through June 20th!! Follow @Spacefacemusic for more updates hahah