With his unique style of psychedelic bass music and a never-ending question to explore “the electronic auditory universe in search of lower frequencies, future feels and fire beats,” Space Jesus continues to push the genre in exciting directions.
With “Won’t Stop,” his latest release on Liquid Stranger’s Wakaan imprint, continuing to fry up the synapses, we thought we’d touch down with the bass messiah himself for a glimpse into the five tunes that have changed his life and continue to inspire and influence his sound to this day.
I think I was only in the fifth or sixth grade, but this was one of the first songs that just made me lose my shit.
Black Rob “Whoa!” (Black Boy Records, 2000)
I heard this song on Hot 97 one morning before school. I think I was only in the fifth or sixth grade, but this was one of the first songs that just made me lose my shit. In a way it was a window into a new state of consciousness, a new state of being—a new state of hype.
Timbaland ft. Magoo “Indian Flute” (Ultimate, 2011)
I grew up listening to a lot of Indian music. This song is super dope to me because it infused the sound I was exposed to at a young age with a sound that I was immersing myself in—and Timbaland’s minimal innovative beats continue to inspire me every day. Throw on any Timbo beat and you’ll get new ideas.
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Method Man and Redman “Tha Rockwilder” (The Island Def Jam Music Group, 1999)
I played basketball in high school. My senior year we would come out on to the court to this song—so hype! This song plays in my brain every time I step in a booth or on a stage.
Hallucinogen “Gamma Goblins Pt. 2” (Twisted Records Ltd., 1996)
I was mainly listening to hip-hop when I first heard this song; it was very different from what I was used to. The main melody twisted my mind in a way that I had never felt before; it was like the world was slowly squishing in one direction as my brain squished the other way. I hope it haunts me forever.
Freq Nasty vs. Bassnectar “Viva Tibet” (East and West Mix, 2008)
I don’t remember exactly when or how I heard this song, but I do remember that when I heard it, I couldn’t get enough. I felt like my ears were in the midst of something new happening. This tune is revolutionary to me.
Pistol “Sunshine” (Pistol, 2016)
I listen to this every day. It’s the realest shit you will ever hear.