Espai: trip hop and dubstep duo of the futureWritten by Jokko
Is it fate or just dumb luck that two talented musicians from London meet one late night in Barcelona, and shortly after form one of the most interesting new groups of the year? Well, however it happened, we should all be pleased it did.
Tom Peeke and Lily Lunan are Espai, the fresh male/female duo that are making some serious noise on the circuit, even before the release of their first album. With an amazing response to their tracks on Soundcloud and to their live shows, we are just seeing the beginning of what this talented duo can do. Fusing several different influences in their music, Espai truly take trip-hop and dubstep to the next level.
How and when did the two of you meet?
Lily: We met around a year-and-a-half ago at a dubstep night in Razzmatazz club in Barcelona after one of Tom’s friends ran outside to be sick and threw up beside me! We got chatting, Tom told me he was a producer with a passion for trip hop, I told Tom I sang, and we exchanged details.
Tom: We sent each other some stuff we were working on independently at the time and both really liked what we heard, so decided to meet up and have a crack at working on some tunes together. When we actually had our first jam session in the studio we just clicked. After a few more sessions, and with some ideas starting to progress into concrete tracks, we decided that we wanted to make it official and so Espai was born.
What is the history behind the name 'Espai'? Does it have anything to do with the Catalan word for place/space?
Tom: Like all bands and artists we knew we had to settle on a name early on. I think the sooner you have a name the sooner it cements what you are doing as being real so we started thinking of getting an identity pretty quickly.
Lily: We had a few names and ideas floating around when I mentioned to Tom that I had always really liked the word Espai – its meaning also fitting with us finding our space and place with our music that we were working on – it all just clicked. Tom agreed that it worked and we decided that Espai was going to be our name.
You are currently working on your debut album ‘Precipice’. Have you set any release date for it yet?
Tom: There is no set date as yet but we are planning on a release sometime around the end of August, if all goes as planned.
Lily: The album was planned to be released earlier but we have been very busy with working on our live sets so something had to give. We decided to push back the release of the album. Now we have our live sets working properly we are in the position to get the album finished and released asap so who knows, it may even be released earlier than August.
Espai has already performed in both Spain and in the UK. How does the future look for you concerning gigs? Where can we expect to get to see your shows?
Recently you participated in the remix competition of Lamb’s new tune Butterfly Effect and impressed by reaching second place. What has that meant for you?
Tom: Lamb are a band that I have listened to and admired for a long time, so when I saw that they were running a remix competition I mentioned it to Lily and we knew we had to have a go at remixing it. We actually only found out about the competition ten days before the closing date so only had one weekend to actually get the remix made. It was a challenge to get it done with such little time, but it also made us not think too much or overproduce it. It was great fun and also very interesting to be able to see, hear and work with the audio stems of a band that have been inspirational to our own music.
Lily: We were a bit worried that our version would be classed as a cover and not a remix as we re-recorded the vocals and changed a lot of the songs vocal structure and even the lyrics. When we found out we came in the top 10 shortlist we were overjoyed, and then to finally make second place was astounding. It was a great honour. To have Any and Lou from Lamb listen to and like our interpretation and give us feedback really has been amazing. There has even been some great news in regard to the competition, but we have been asked to keep tight lipped about it at the moment. All we can say for now is that there will be a big announcement very soon.
What plans do you have for after the release of Precipice? Will you concentrate on following up the first album with more production or will you dedicate some time to promote your debut album with live shows?
Tom: For the moment we want to concentrate on getting the album finished but we are always interested in playing live: I think our main goal is to complete the album and play as many live gigs as we can. Of course, in the future we will be looking at making more albums but for the meantime those are our main aims.
Lily: Now we have started to play live we definitely have the bug. The most important thing now is to get more material for our live shows finished so that we can keep things fresh and to finish our debut album.
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Hailing from Uppsala in Sweden Jokko has taken on the Barcelona underground music scene and shown it who’s boss in unrelenting fashion. In the time that she has been mixing her success has been both rapid and widespread. Regular international bookings at big Dubstep events keep coming thick and fast, with an ever growing reputation for her dexterous and eclectic sets, trusted, unbiased and above all passionate reviews of the music she loves is where its at for our resident Dubstep guru.