INTERVIEW: Spiritualized’s J. Spaceman Shares His Life Story

Spiritualized's J. Spaceman (Photo: Aaron Richter)

Photo by Aaron Richter
Interview by Robert Ham

I didn’t really have any records when I was a kid. I think we had three records in the house. Stuff like the Australian Army Band album. I remember hearing stuff on Radio 2 that my mom really liked–middle-of-the-road music.

My lucky break came when I bought Raw Power. I have no idea why I bought it. I have a feeling it was on sale, which probably influenced my decision. When I heard it, I felt like I had a gem and I didn’t want anyone else to know it.

My mum bought me a guitar. We didn’t have any money so she bought it secondhand. An acoustic. he showed it to me ahead of time to see if it was something I’d like. Once I hit a few chords on that, I was hooked.

If you wanted to be a musician, you went to art college. It wasn’t always for people who wanted to do art. It was for people who couldn’t do anything else.

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