On the subject of Spacebar itself, the description on their Facebook page says that they’re “the only skate shop in town with a focus on local brands”. Which seems to explains a lot.
Upon arriving at about 10:30pm, Spacebar (formerly known as “Covert”) we discovered a small, open venue with an equally small bar at the end of the room. There were a handful of people relaxing along east wall while DJ’s Xuan, Sleepy Hippie, and MOT made with the beats on the west wall. In between … nothing. Along the walls were artfully designed (aforementioned) skateboards and other framed pieces of art.
Being the creative junkies we are, the main criticism we want to throw at the venue is typographical. Nit-picky and typographical. But mostly typographical. Although we’re sure the name “Spacebar” has a special meaning, we desperately wanted to see a sign that read “space␣bar”, obviously inserting a unicode space character (effectively a bracket on its back) -- most are familiar with the character on a T9 cell phone keyboard. It’s hip, much like the bar itself and the performers it hosts.
The best way to sum it up: Steve Jobs would be proud. There were four macs and three glowing Apple logos and aside from incredibly real (and epic) xylophone and the oral-oriented beatboxing (because there’s SO many other kinds of beatboxing), all the music was mixed and performed digitally -- a triumph of Steve Jobs’ vision of the personal computer.
More importantly, the music was a triumph of musical and digital creativity. Again, from D003Y’s facebook description: “The sound is quirky electronica influenced by hip hop- I sing and rap about books, space travel, Orlando, ect.”
In short: it’s different. Beautifully so. For anyone who appreciates originality, thinking different, and breaking molds, take the time to sample the D3C1MAL. If you’re a fan of generic pop, well, this probably isn’t for you.
The evening was unabashedly nerdy and the jams on the xylophone were poetic -- the beats were muted and the audience was treated to something special: xylophone solos. We’re hoping that the next show features an equally epic triangle jam solo.
Also worth noting was the somewhat disjointed banter between D003Y and his rapping partner, Billy Kersten. It was mostly raw, unplanned quips that filled gaps and pointed out a rhyme that might have bombed, but there was also something truly engaging about it. We hope that they take some time to develop this element of their show because we found it engaging and entertaining -- essentially making it the perfect musical performance.
Be sure to check out the music of D003Y D3C1MAL here and his facebook page here.
Stay tuned to Spacebar’s upcoming events through their facebook page here.
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Stay creative, Orlando.