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The Beat Kuala Lumpur's Up-and-Coming Artist: Singer-Songwriter lost spaces

Up and Coming Kuala Lumpur lost spaces

The Beat Kuala Lumpur’s Up and Coming is a series where we feature rising talented artists from Malaysia, giving them a platform to share what they’re passionate about and promote the music they (and us too!) would love for the world to hear. Do you want or know someone who wants to be featured? Email us at [email protected] or slide through our DMs on Facebook or Instagram.

People say that life is like a maze. There are dead ends and times when you’ll get lost, but there are also paths that will lead you to where you’re supposed to be. This is especially true for our latest Up-and-Coming Artist, who has navigated many paths but ultimately found his way to music.

With creativity running through his blood, Malaysian singer-songwriter Sam Lopez had a talent for various sorts of crafts. Upon discovering his groovy vocals and spectacular skills for writing and producing, Sam became more drawn to making music; hence, he unleashed his musical alter-ego, "lost spaces."

Since his debut as a musician, lost spaces has already made a few milestones, such as opening for Korean indie rock band HYUKOH and Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit. His debut album, “no-vacancy,” also currently has millions of streams, proving that this budding singer is someone to watch out for.

Just a few weeks before this anticipated return to the Good Vibes Festival, happening on July 20 to 21, The Beat Asia caught up with lost spaces to talk about his beginnings, dream collaborations, future activities, and more. Read more to get to know him and lose yourself in his out-of-this-world tunes!

Hi Sam! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello! I’m Sam Lopez, born and raised in [the] humble mining town of Ipoh, Perak, based in Kuala Lumpur. I make music under my artist name, lost spaces. I’m a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and singer-songwriter. Also, [I'm] a little too obsessed with all things anime, shitposting, and basketball.

lost spaces. What an interesting artist name! What's the story behind it?

I stumbled upon the name while attending my first ever major music festival, Laneway Festival in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. I just bought a ticket and made a solo trip there, and I discovered a world of music that I genuinely got lost in the best way possible. I fell in love and saw some amazing acts, like Flume, The Internet, Thundercat, Beach House, and even the iconic Grimes.

When I came home, I was like, “I wanna get back to ‘spaces’ like that forever,” so I started lost spaces as a sonic means to create the feelings I experienced at the festival.

What pushed you to pursue music? Is there any particular story you could share about your beginnings in the craft?

For me, I’ve always had an innate desire to create, be it through writing, graphic design, or taking pictures. But music felt the most natural to me, discovering I could sing and play the guitar at 10 years old. I always found joy in singing and performing, but once I got into music production, that was what got me hooked [on] making and releasing music.

How was it creating your first song? What difficulties did you encounter and how did you overcome them?

The first song I ever released was titled “fake.guitars” and boy, I think that song went through eight different versions or demos before the final one was done and put out. I was still learning the ropes as a music producer, so the quality was subpar, until I met my main producer and mentor in 2018, The Chief. He helped polish the sound and quality, made the first album with me, and later mentored me in my music production journey. I give him the most credit for the artist and producer I am today!

You're heavily involved in producing your songs. Can you share with us what your creative process is, and where do you get inspiration for your music?

For making music, I have a pretty free-flowing creative process, but I am also not the one to wait for inspiration to come, since I have multiple ways to get a song started. When I’m writing an album, I usually make [a] playlist of feelings I wanna capture and have a concept in mind before proceeding.

How would you describe your music to those who haven't heard of it yet?

Groovy, synthy-dreamy music with heavy low-key existential lyrics embedded in happy melodic tunes.

What do you love the most about being a musician?

I love being able to create and bring [my creation] to the stage to share it with people who I might not have a [connection] with in real life. I think music is so pure. When done with intention, it draws some pretty amazing people [together] which makes life so much more colorful. Also, when some fans tell me [that] they met because of my music and [they're happy together], it warms my heart.

We heard you're playing at the Good Vibes Festival this year! How does it feel to be back after five years?

Honestly, I can't wait to play the new songs I've been cooking! Not gonna spoil the setlist, but expect a dancey-fun set with some of the hits sprinkled in.

If you could collaborate with other artists, locally or internationally, who would they be and why?

I personally dislike the idea that local artists and international artists are grouped [into] separate categories. I believe artists in Malaysia and the greater Southeast Asia, as a whole, have proven that we could stand toe-to-toe with industries that have longer shelf lives than our region. That being said, I would love to work with Lunadira, Tame Impala, Shelhiel, or Mura Masa one day, ‘cause I love their intention and commitment [to] growing and perfecting their art, which inspires me greatly.

What's next for lost spaces? Do you have new music, upcoming gigs, or activities we should watch out for soon?

I’m finishing up another album for this year! And maybe planning a [little] tour around Southeast Asia, fingers crossed. The next album is gonna be a dance-y one so I'm excited to bring that to the live stage too!

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. To know more about lost spaces, follow him on Instagram and stream his music on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Music.

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