Written by: Lauren Vukicevich
Two years ago, four Cal Poly students came together with a common interest in “high energy rock with reggae vibes and funk feels,” which has become the focus of Louder Space. During their years at Cal Poly, and since their graduation, the band has rapidly gained a strong fan base within and beyond the San Luis Obispo community. They are dedicated to each other and their music, and every performance is executed with more passion than the last.
At Louder Space concerts, Phillip Tyler’s intricate beats never fail to keep the crowd dancing. The audience always seems to be following along with Chris Kaye’s impressive vocals as he sings catchy melodies and honest lyrics. Bassist Oren Ben-Joseph connects with everyone in the room as they chant “O.B.J.!” At this point, it is no surprise that fans go crazy for Clayton Daly’s impressive guitar solos, which leads to chaos for all those who dare to stand near the stage.
The support they receive at their shows is a true testament to the character of the group, and each of them individually. Not only are the members of Louder Space extremely talented musicians, but they are also some of friendliest people I have met. This week, they were kind enough to take the time to answer a few of my questions.
When and how did Louder Space get started?
Oren: Louder Space formally started two years ago when we first moved into our new house, which we call “the cabin.” Philip and I had been working on forming a band while we attended Cal Poly, and Chris and Clayton were the perfect match. We met through our mutual friends and hit the ground running from day one.
If you could give your 18-year-old selves one piece of musical advice, what would it be?
Chris: If I could give our younger selves one piece of advice, it would be to pick an instrument we’ve never played before and learn it. The more versatile you are as a musician the better. Period. Learning a new instrument gives you a new perspective and a new creative outlet to channel inspiration from.
Everyone in the band plays multiple instruments and are continuously learning more, whether it be Oren and his interest in the keyboard, me with the tambourine, Clayton switching between guitar and bass, and philip with all of the above. As a result we are able to understand how each other are attacking new ideas which helps an insane amount in the writing process.
Louder Space played at SLO Brew twice this month: one headlining and one opening for the expendables. How do those experiences compare?
Clayton: Our headlining show will always be a beautiful night in my mind, knowing that so many of our friends, family, and loved ones came out with their rock faces and dancing shoes on. It was honestly the greatest feeling in the world playing that show. Playing a show with the Expendables was a completely different, but equally awesome experience. It was the first time that I got to share the stage with a band I have been listening to for years and really looked up to. Plus, the mosh pits and crowd surfing for both shows were absolutely unforgettable!
How have your songs evolved since you first began writing together?
Philip: The biggest evolution in our songwriting process is we don’t get stuck anymore. In our early days of writing, we would sometimes spend the better portion of a day trying to come up with new riffs or rhythms to replace a section of a song needing improvement. Nowadays we have so many ideas for song sections that we can make changes and swap out parts easily.
What kinds of hopes or expectations do you have for Louder Space in the future?
Oren: I can speak for the whole band in saying pursuing Louder Space is our number one ambition. We are always setting expectations and challenges for ourselves – whether that be releasing our EP or headlining our first show at SLO Brew. Our big next step is taking time to finish writing and recording a full length album. This is essential, because after we release the album we will be taking another jump towards doing music full time.
You can find out more at http://www.louderspace.com.
Keep up with the latest news on their facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouderSpaceBand.