- Music is your life
- You started making your own mixes using a CD burner at the age of 8
- You wanted to start your own podcast at 16 and,
- You now have a podcast out on iTunes and Soundcloud…
Then you’re just like Jose Spacely.
175th Street and Broadway’s very own, Jose Spacely, has always had a clear vision for the mark he wants to leave on the world. At only 8 years old he began to make his own mixes using a CD burner in his Washington Heights apartment. He made mixes consisting of every song he likes, ranging from rap to jazz. His diverse taste in music opens up his mind which allows him to use his platform effectively.
He’s a Fool With Perspective– his podcast consists of great conversations about music, trends, and the “fast life.”
From the past, the come up, and the future.
He launched the Space Bound podcast alongside his boy, @LastNameBall, who started with him and often helped him out.
As an undergrad at LaGuardia & a Washington Heights native, he relates to those from the streets and also those obtaining a college degree. At 16, he wanted to start his own podcast, but never had the chance to due to lack of money and his heavy focus on school. (#muchrespect)
“This was supposed to happen 6 years ago, now everybody got a podcast, good sh*t.”
For those who have sh*t to talk about, a podcast is a great platform as it is uncensored and you can make anything out of it.
“You could do whatever you want, just know how to handle it- take advantage of your opportunity.”
His greatest podcast influences consist of TaxStone, Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg. He became acquainted with their work during his sophomore year of high school and was impressed to see artists like Jay-Z being interviewed. “You always wanna know what your favorite artist is doing,” he says.
Other influences consist of Nas, Roc A Fella, Ruff Ryders, Dipset, Smack DVD, and Kenny G. The art of music and expressing yourself is something he holds very dear to his heart. He often expresses how he can listen to anything from rap to jazz and soul…and dembow on the side during family baby showers (Shoutout to the Dominican Republic, though! )
The streets often play a large role in music influence- your neighborhood itself teaches you how to move and who to trust. Unfortunately, the upcoming generations who will reside or already reside in Washington Heights won’t have similar things to say due to the rise of gentrification. Luckily enough, we have people like Spacely who keep that culture alive.
Spacely’s mother came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in ’94 and she worked extremely hard to give him a life of opportunity. It’s clear he’s taken those opportunities in order to grow and still carry the Heights on his back everywhere he goes and with whatever he does.
“The streets teach you how to watch your back, the music reminds you.” #GemsBySpacely
Spacely wants everyone to recognize he got some sh*t to talk about, and that’s that. “We live in an opinionated world, everyone’s opinions are very interesting,” he says. He’s simply inspired to get on the mic by just taking a step outside.
Inspiration can be found by walking, and seeing the world for what it is- raw.
For those trying to start a podcast, Spacely has a few pointers for you:
- What you already know in your mind, your whole life, and what you feel is debatable OR relatable…is something you should bring to the mic.
- Make sure your messages are positive (because being infamous is only cool if you’re Ye, right?)
- Equipment- sweetwater.com, guitarcenter.com, OR if you know anyone with a studio, then it’s free!
- STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND TALK YOUR SH*T!
“Shoutout to NYC, Broadway, 175th St, and the whole Washington Heights!” -Spacely
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