Meeting LondonBridge, aka Rami, at the Snow Glove festival in Lake Tahoe made me realize a couple things: Space Yacht is going to be the coolest stage at festivals in the very near future, I really need to stop cyber stalking my ex on Twitter for my own health, and to remember it’s all about the vibes!
I got to sit with LondonBridge in the media tent following his packed show and we started off by talking about the company he founded with his two friends Oliver Zhang and Henry Lu. Space Yacht started when Rami had been producing music as LondonBridge for about a year but hadn’t been playing it. “Space Yacht is two things for me. One it’s a brand that I am helping to build in the same way that Insomniac built a brand, and we take that very seriously. At the same time it’s also a platform for me as an upcoming artist. It’s kind of for all of us. At the same time it’s an all boats rising mentality. We are all rising together we are helping each other out. A great example is that we did a food drive with the Nap Girls. We had so many cans that we needed five cars just to pick up all the cans. So if you can do good and make a difference in the community and play music: that’s the goal.”
2015 marked the first year for Rami performing as LondonBridge and for 2016 it is his goal as an artist to release a remix and an original song every month. After setting up his home studio six months ago, LondonBridge has been working everyday because for him it’s about songs and it’s about vibes. “I want to make stuff that I want to listen to and I want to dance to in my room and that’s the idea when you come to a LondonBridge show. I want you dancing like you are in your room and no one is watching because that’s the best time and when you are most free and that’s when music changes you. That’s the vibe. It’s not about the scene and it’s not about how cool your rave gear is. It’s escape and that’s why festivals are so popular right now. The world is fucked up and people need to escape it so they save up their money and come to these festivals.”
While I agree that people need to escape I also think part of the problem is people’s lack of ability to be present. Everywhere you go, people are usually attached to their phones and not in the present, taking in everything around them around them. Myself included. I often find myself going over my cell phone plan’s data limit because I am always on my phone looking at one social media platform or another. This is something LondonBridge has spoken about before so I had to ask him more about his views on social media. “It’s tough and I’m not trying to persecute people. I’m part of it all day every day and my job is in social media. It’s very difficult to not be affected by the things you see and when you let negativity into your world that affects you. It actually makes you sick and the fact is that you really can’t escape the negativity on any of these platforms and also can’t escape the judgmental nature of ourselves,” he said.
As I sheepishly admitted my social media addiction. LondonBridge was quick to assure me, “I do it too. I’m building a brand. I’m LondonBridge. If you look at my Instagram it is very specifically curated. My advice would be: Don’t be on your phone when you are at meals. Don’t be on the phone when someones waiting for you. It’s just rude. And the main thing is don’t be on the phone when you are driving.”
I highly recommend everyone check this guy out when Space Yacht has their one year anniversary party at Sound Night Club Tuesday, January 19th! Also make sure to check out LondonBridge’s SoundCloud and check out his new track “Buzz”.