Space Pop • Los Angeles, CA, USA •
“My name is Eliot Gardepe. I am 25 and I was born and raised in California.”
Unraveled Artist Interview:
Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: In terms of where my my music comes from, I’m deeply inspired by Lounge, Acid House, Detroit Techno, Hard Bop, West Coast Jazz, New Music, and Synthpop. My biggest musical influences are Stereolab, Kraftwerk, Galaxy 2 Galaxy, Momus, and Pizzicato 5.
Before I started writing the album, I had spent about a year working on an album for my previous band Fitness, which was a space disco project that I had been working on with my friends Roger Goodman and Clo Pazera. Thematically the band focused on science fiction themes paired with lyrics about alienation and a particular malaise in regards to society, set to a disco beat. When the band broke up, I decided to take many of the ideas I had been working with and refine them into a concept that I could pursue as a solo project. I wanted to construct a different universe than the one Fitness took place in so I came up with the character The Space Age Bachelor, AKA the Intergalactic Playboy, and a galaxy that was decidedly more upbeat than Fitness’.
Most of my music is autobiographical and the Space Age Bachelor is a permutation of myself or, perhaps, a version of myself that I would like to become. Intergalactic Playboy is about a certain kind of jet set (or in this particular context, spaceship set) lifestyle that I idealize. To me it represents both a life I aspire to and a life that is impossible to attain, something optimistic but full of contradictions.
Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: Ideally I’d like listeners to create their own meaning from my work, and I hope it resonates with them and their life experience in some way.
Q: How can people support you further?
A: I’ve put up a bunch of my music, The Space Age Bachelor and other projects, up at my Bandcamp which can also be streamed on Soundcloud. Additionally, The Space Age Bachelor can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. If you like what you hear, tell your friends. You can also check out my photography and design at my personal website.
Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: Because my music is so personal and changes when my life changes it is hard to say where it might go, but ideally I’d like a fully realized performance with costumes and visual effects, as well as a series of concept albums within the universe of The Space Age Bachelor.
Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: I think it operates in between the genres of House, Pop, and Ambient/Downtempo, something I’ve been calling Space Pop.