[EXCLUSIVE] Dive Deeper Into Lost Spaces’ Unique Sound | Malaysian Band Spotlight
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lost spaces are about to be the next big thing out of KL. A musical project by Samuel Lopez, you can’t quite pinpoint the band’s sound, aside from it being them. It’s the mixture of multiple styles and genres. One thing’s for sure, lost spaces’ music will get your feet tapping and people dancing.
Who are lost spaces?
lost spaces is a musical project by Samuel Lopez. All of the songs and music of lost spaces are written by Sam with his producers The Chief and Kuszanagi (who also plays keys in the band). The current team and band that brings lost spaces music and ideas to the stage is Imran Marshall on bass, Lim Yi Shien on guitars, Kuszanagi on keys and Kyle Emmanuel on drums.
How did the band/project come about and what’s the story behind the name? What kickstarted the journey into music?
I started out doing the whole singer-songwriter thing back in early 2016, playing shows solo on my acoustic guitar even though I had always imagined my music in a band setting. It wasn’t until 2017 when my cousin Imran came into the picture alongside my original drummer and brother Lukas Lopez and we started playing together as a trio. I also started my production journey simultaneously and started making demos of our early stuff. Eventually I realised I needed a band to play the music that I was writing so i roped in a bunch of friends that I met along the years. Shien joined us to play guitar, Kuszanagi joined to play synths and keys while Kyle eventually stepped in to replace Lukas.
The name lost spaces came about when I attended to one of my favourite festivals that I’ve been to so far, Laneway 2016 in Singapore on my own, not knowing anyone there just to experience art and music on my own. I felt like I got lost in that world for a day at the festival and it was euphoric.
How would you describe your music style?
The music I try to make is a culminations of multiple styles and genres and it differs from song to song depending on the story/message I want to tell. I love adding samples and soundbites to emphasize certain points, and it gives the listener a picture of the story of the song. The music is definitely very groove and mood oriented which gets feet tapping, heads bobbing and people dancing.
Where do you get your inspiration for your music?
I personally draw plenty of inspiration from introspective outlooks on life. I love exploring different perspectives, so I try to channel my creative juices and my writings via my observations about things around me; pop-culture, movies and TV series and how I experience them on a daily basis.
Are there any artists you look up to that inspire your music/style?
There are a bunch of artistes that my producers and I love drawing from when creating. To name a few artists and bands that has informed our music are HalfNoise, Superorganism, Tame Impala, The 1975, Still Woozy and Toro Y Moi. Our graphics are very retro/anime/japanese inspired and it’s designed by our guitarist Shien!
Do you think people can relate to your music?
Based on to the responses to our music so far, I think people have to at a certain degree, so I would say yes. I write about struggles to love and let people in and my attempts to find purpose and meaning in life. So it’s been a great feeling to play a show and people come up to me and the guys to share about how much they relate and love our music so much, which is extremely humbling and fulfilling.
Do you have a song that means a lot to you?
At this moment its soft.tides, our first single of 2019. It a song that talks about making hard decisions, letting things go and trying to move on to grow.
What are your views on the Malaysian music industry? Any changes you’d like to see in the industry?
I think there’s been a major resurgence in terms of talent and visibility for our Malaysian artistes. 2018 alone saw an introduction to multiple amazing artistes with great production quality and excellent marketing strategies. I think it’s evidently working with fans discovering music and coming out to shows on a weekly basis. I think as a music community, we’re getting the hang of marketing and social media, which is key for every artist to get eyes and ears on their music. I think as an industry we have a long way to go, but I personally feel we’re on the right track to success as a industry.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
I don’t think i can quantify which has been the biggest challenge I have face, but I definitely would be transparent to say it’s a struggle to balance earning a living and making music. Most musicians and creatives I know work a full time or part time job to sustain themselves while they make their music/art. Hats off to all my fellow hustlers and freelancers out there I think you guys are amazing, keep on fighting the good fight!
What are the future plans for lost spaces?
We’ll be releasing an album in August! It will be a 12-track album, compiling all the songs we’ve released so far and five new tracks. We’re also playing at Good Vibes Festival 2019 in July, and we are planning a tour around the region right after.
If you could describe lost spaces in one word, what would it be?
I’m not sure which one fits best, but perhaps you could consider these? Thought-provoking / eclectic.