Bottom Forty’s own spaceotter brings us the inaugural B40 exclusive podcast. His mix ensconces a moody atmosphere with a playful and jazzy opening, then morphs into a late night party soundtrack. It’s narrative is startlingly on point while maintaining elements of surprise.
Bio: Space is the place where apparent paradoxes resolve themselves through perspective. spaceotter is co-resident DJ and music director of Burning Man Camp Conception, and co-resident DJ of the Bottom Forty collective in Seattle. A decades-long drummer, pianist and MFA poet, his dedication is to creating an expression of freedom and soul in music, in which the primary considerations are musicianship, soul, playfulness and joy rather than genre.
Where are you based? Seattle, Washington
Why do you play music?
I’m endlessly fascinated with rhythm, texture and energy in music. I get stupid about it. I’m definitely a music nerd.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Steward, community organizer, booster, den mama, keeper of the faith and channel of quality in a world of ‘product’ and ‘market niche.’
Favorite label or artist from the 2012?
Godd…I mean Todd Terje. And Local Talk records
4) What’s the thing you’re looking most forward to in 2013? – Renewal and reinvention. Change. Evolution in the face of challenge.
If your mix was a color what would it be?
The light green of a crocus shoots in Seattle late winter. The new. As a note, the mix is dedicated to musical ancestors Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter and their continued life in and through me, seasonally renewed.
Best city to get booty from DJing?
This is embarrassing! I don’t think I’ve ever gotten booty from DJing. Except my partner I guess, whom I managed to snag partially due to a mix CD a few years back. It’s been a long, great ride. 🙂
How did you come up with your DJ name?
I misheard a song lyric from a Miles Maeda trip hop mix (Control Freaks’ “Very Serious Smokin'”) as “we’re the spaceotter” and realized with all my being that’s what I was: the spaceotter. It chose me rather than vice versa.
John Tejada – Winter Skies
Weather Report – River People
Jamiel – Midnight Dancing
Miguel Migs – Tonight feat. Me’shell Ndegeocello
Soul Clap, Sergio Santos – Michael Went To Heaven
DJ Nature – Sexual Tension Scene 1
Lady Blacktronika – If Some Rain (2011 Mix)
Thomas Fehlmann – Falling Into Your Eyes
Harley Muscle – We Groove U feat. Marshall Jefferson (Marcos Baiano Remix)
M.A.N.D.Y. – Staying Home
Mic Newman – The Fidelity
Kyodai – Breaking (90s Mix)
Actual Proof – Huff & Puff
Flash Atkins – Flood Warning
KiNK – Bitter Sweet
FCL – Let’s Go