Space Yacht’s founders discuss their epic ascension ahead of CONTROL party tonight [Interview + Playlist]
Pull up to Sound Nightclub in Hollywood on any given Tuesday evening and electronic music fans from all sects of the genre will be waiting for Space Yacht‘s weekly party to begin. By combining the element of surprise and thumping bass under the roof of an intimate venue, the collective unlocks the recipe for the craziest midweek party in LA. Ironically, the most exciting part about Space Yacht’s weekly lineup is a string of question marks, frequently drawing a slew of big name artists from every corner of the electronic music realm. Space Yacht’s founders are none other than Henry Lu, Rami Perlman and Ollie Zhang, whose inaugural version of the project billed Ghastly and Ookay back in 2015.
The trio met in 2012 while working for theAudience, a social media agency co-founded by Perlman. The multi-hyphenate entrepreneur produces music under the moniker LondonBridge, and just this month released his first EP Sound of the Underground. Lu explains, “There was a point where Rami, Ollie, and I all worked at the same office a couple years ago. Every time we hit an ungodly hour Rami would start pumping some dirty house music and that’s how we got connected. We just wanted to throw a couple parties and have all of our closest friends around.”
Bound by their complimentary tastes, the founders created a buzzing Tuesday gathering that’s a safe space for DJs to test new material before playing it for larger audiences. This concept has permeated the underground electronic scene in LA since the 2000s, when industry legend Steve Aoki‘s Dim Mak Tuesdays boasted Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk spinning sans-helmet and were the early days of Justice and MSTRKRFT.
Space Yacht’s genre-blurring lineups highlight an exciting time for dance music, where unity thrives under the pretext of experimentation. Zhang explains, “The underground is very much alive and I think now there’s more room for the weirder and heavier sides of bass and house music than we’ve seen in the last 5 years. It’s the weird stuff that brought us together, and we have no problem creating an environment for the people and sounds we are excited about.”
Lu adds, “We can go from a dubstep lineup to a house lineup and our community is just as excited. In a way we are breaking down borders and bringing people together in a way that didn’t happen in the past.”
Mirroring the expansion of the electronic sound into uncharted territory, Space Yacht has seen an exponential growth since its inception. After their legendary party between Coachella weekends this year, the Space Yacht captains admitted on Twitter that the same gathering had “literally 0” attendees in 2015. Last month, the pre-party bill had attendees sold with What So Not as the headliner and a few lines of mysterious question marks. Those surprises ended up being DJ Snake, 4B, Point Point, Aazar, Dombresky and Wax Motif, who threw down in an unforgettable way.
In a special Friday night edition of Space Yacht at Avalon in Hollywood, the crew blazes forward on the trail to unite electronic music lovers everywhere. Enlisting Jackal, y2k, whereisalex and Ameria for their Control party, attendees will be treated to a blend of soaring future synths, grimy trap and even some electro-soul. The 19 and over event serves as a release party for Jackal’s upcoming Endorphins EP, out June 6.
Ahead of the event tonight, Space Yacht’s founders compiled an exclusive Spotify playlist for Dancing Astronaut, centered around the event’s performers. Stream the playlist below, and purchase tickets to the event here.