Ken Paolo & The Space Cadets

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

Perth (Boorloo), WA.

How did the band form?

We all met at uni. I asked the musicians there who inspired me to start a band.

What’s been happening recently?

Released a music video for “Heads at A hundred”, released the song “Natural Ways’. Just been playing gigs as much as we can and been working on the EP.

Your latest single ‘Natural Ways’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

Heaps of rnb and soul music. Artists like Durand Jones and The Indication, Ari Lennox, Silk Sonic and Beyonce inspires me lots.

How did you go about writing Natural Ways?

I wrote it the melody and lyrics after falling out with a friend. Brought it to the band and became like a friend breakup anthem for us.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?

Recorded and produced by our favourite, Tonecity Record’s Sam Ford. 

Natural Ways is your most ambitious track to date, how was it navigating the horn section?

Bob, our keys player and local hearthrob composed the horn section. We kind of just wanted to compliment the melody and lift the groove of the song.

You’ve built a reputation for killer live shows, what do they like most about performing?

Persia, our backing vocalist, is my vocal idol and is basically a goddess, being able to sing with her and play off each other really makes the show fun and fresh. Each song live, each instrumentalist (Bob, Cass and Kuda) have a solo so we all get to shine and just vibe. 

How would you define your sound?

Soul, rnb, funk and somewhat jazz. Just mostly fun and groovy but can also be personal and chill. Purely vibing.

What shows are you looking forward to playing?

We’re playing with MNDSGN, in Nov which is really cool.

Highlights of 2022?

Filming Heads at a hundred with triple j and Nida in sydney. We felt like true rockstars and met some incredible people.

Please tell us about your upcoming EP:

Lyrically, it’s super personal to me. My favourite song is the ballad “Two Different People”, which reflects on my own family relationships. We gave something special and unique to each song. I think it’s a true reflection of our song.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

Beyonce, Omar Apollo, Yebba, Jazmine Sullivan.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2022 going into 2023?

Get the EP out and hopefully, tour nationally.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

We love $4 Pizza, and we mostly hang out at gigs or rehearsals. Mojos in Freo will always be our homeground.




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