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Funky, Happy, Sad, Mad: The Many Sides of Space Jam

 by Aaron Sizemore

Space Jam -  Katy Baumgartel (vcls), Jay Babcock (drms), Kaden Counts (bss), Nick Brown (gtr), Indika Gunananda (kbrd)

As the big Music House Fall Carnival approaches. We'll be featuring each of the bands competing in the Battle of the Bands. Presenting, one of last year's winning bands, Space Jam...

Why do you call yourselves "Space Jam"? Is it a reference to that movie from the 90s?

Katy: I just remember Nick saying "Space Jam" once and we all went with it.

Who are your biggest influences?

Indika: Coldplay and The Fray.

Kaden: Boston and Tom Petty.

Nick: Anyone who plays a Gibson SG.

Jay: Jaenki (Music House teacher Josh Johnson's awesome band).

Katy: Journey and Geddy Lee.

How would you describe Space Jam's style?

Katy: We can be funky, we can be rockin', we can be sad.

Kaden: We can be jammin', we can be progressive, we can be mad.

What has working with a real band taught you?

Kaden: Playing in a band has taught me how to play in rhythm and has exposed me to new ideas and styles.

Indika: It's taught us all how to follow other people and improvise.

Do you guys write your own music? If yes, do you prefer writing your own stuff or covering others?

Katy: I think we all like both. With both approaches, you have lots of options. You can make a song about whatever you want, but you can also cover whatever song you like.

What do you think the difference is between a good band and a great one?

Kaden: The best bands are the ones that engage the audience. They make you forget how long you've been listening to them play.

Indika: Great bands that listen to each other.

Katy: And they practice—a lot.

You guys are performing at the upcoming Music House Fall Carnival on Oct. 29. You stand to win recording time and a performance slot at an upcoming music festival. What excites you most about that show?

Nick: Winning. (extremely wry smile)

Kaden: Music isn't a sport, but let's face it, competition is fun.

What's going to set you apart from all the other bands competing on the 29th?

Katy: We have the confidence from winning last year and we have a diverse song selection.

Indika: Stage presence.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Katy: Yeah. Please come to our show. But if you come and you're sitting down, you're wrong.

Be sure to join us at this year's Music House Fall Carnival to hear this band and seven others serve up their best. It's going to be a big party featuring lots of amazing people!

Want to learn more about the upcoming Fall Carnival? Click here.

Written by Aaron Sizemore
Aaron Sizemore
Co-founder & Executive Director at Music House