How would you describe your style of music?
Our music is taken from all sources. Rockabilly mainly, then Country, Blues and all sorts of 50's Sci-Fi, B Movie Space Madness. Our second album was called 'Astrobilly Rockin' so we decided then that our music was 'Astrobilly', space Rock 'n' Roll with a Rockabilly beat.
How did you get into this style of music?
The original founders of the band were myself and Ricky Lee Brawn (now no longer with us, replaced by Rob Tyler)..I was always in into Rock 'n' Roll and Rockabilly since the age of 13 when the first Rockabilly explosion hit the UK. It was 1977 when I got the bug and have been with it ever since.
How did you come up with your band name?
Ricky came up with the name and concept. There was a band in the early 80's with the same name, they didn't last long, and I guess we have been the band most people will remember as The Space Cadets. It comes from the old Sci-Fi Tom Corbett 1940's and early 1950's Space Cadets show, fan club and tv.
What is the background of your band members?
Well, I've been a DJ and band front man since the early 80's, before I started to DJ I was in Red Hot n Blue, then I started running clubs in the London area as well and did so for 27 years. Ricky and Anders both joined after being members of the Stargazers together for many years, Mark Harman was and is the frontman/guitar player of Restless. Now, Paul Harman has been with us for over 16 years as a bass player, Anders didn't do a lot of live shows so Paul has been the main Bass player all them years. Rob Tyler is our new drummer since Ricky's departure. We last played as a band back in 2012. The last 2 years we have not played anywhere so 2015 is a re-launch with Rob Tyler "LUNAR-STIK" not only on drums but also drummer on our brand new album as well.
Who are they as individuals?
Look above....our stage names are....Deke Tempest (Mouse), Marky X (Mark Harman), Ring of Steel (Paul Harman) and Lunar Stik (Rob Tyler)
Where can people purchase your music and or merchandise?
All of our products sold out years ago, we do have a best of cd which can be bought from Anders Janes at Rock-rhythmrock-it.com ..... https://www.facebook.com/RhythmRockItRecords?pnref=Ihc.... our new is to be released on May 1st, 2015 on I Sold My Soul Media....a title is yet to be announced....
How long has your band been together?
The Space Cadets were first formed in 1995 (20 years ago).....our first record release was "Lost on Earth" a 6-trak 10" lp which sold out in 6 weeks....
What do you like the most about the Rockabilly scene?
It's one big family of friends, musicians, djs and parties all over the world and it's ours....our little happy world where we can escape to get away from the boring 21st century!!!
Who are your music idols, who influences your music?
We all have heroes and I guess Elvis is up there, as well as all the greats, Buddy, Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, Bo Diddley and many many more.....But we will NEVER record a cover, we decided at the start that the Space Cadets will only ever record our own songs, lyrics and music.....
What future events do you have planned?
We have gigs planned all over the world this year from the UK-Spain, Italy-Holland, Germany-France, we will be busy plugging the new album (our first in 15 years!!!!) and launching into a whole new look and feel for the Space Cadets....
Do your band members have day jobs or do they make their dime as professional musicians?
Well, the other guys, Mark, Paul and Rob are also very busy with RESTLESS as well. They also do work as tilers, plasterers and Mark also does a lot of community work helping children in the local area, they are fathers to many many children. I am a full time London Black Cab driver of 12 years now, no kids for me, so still a kid meself!
Do you or any of your band members collect records?
As a dj of many years and many many parties I am a collector of records but not a collector if you know what I mean. I'm not a label mad collector, I do however have a massive collection of LPs, 45s, 78s, cds and so on.....The other boys I can't speak for.
What is your most memorable experience at a concert?
Too many to mention, I've done 1000s of shows. Just people going nuts and joining in really makes the show for us, we've had 1000s of shows so it's hard to say....having a hair-cut in to a Mohican half way thru a set in Las Vegas sure stunned the crowd. I went on with a quiff and left looking like Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver, I've never seen anyone do that during a show....so maybe that, but like I say....there's been many mad moments cos we are a very visual band....anything could happen at any time.....
Is there anything that you would like to add about yourself or your band?
Don't take us too seriously...we are a fun Rock 'n' Roll band, we love Rockabilly but don't need to dress up like a 1,000 other Rockabilly bands to do a show. The whole concept is Sci-Fi, B-Movie, Atomic Age 1950's Space Rock 'n' Roll...played to a Astrobilly kick ass beat....either you get us or you don't...if you do....fantastic, if yah don't...then go watch the next Elvis look-a-likey-billy band!!!
Last but not least, what makes this band tick?
What makes us tick is the craziness on stage, we do turn into the Space Cadets characters for the show, pretty much like an actor does before a show in a theatre, we got into the zone and really enjoy being Space Cadets in our costumes and gear. We come in peace, we love Rock 'n' Roll, we are what we are....The Space Cadets!!
Band name: The Space Cadets
Location: London/ Uranus
The birth of the space age took our communications beyond the stratosphere to bounce around satellites and pulse into deep space. This same era saw the eruption of a new sound called Rock 'n' Roll which scorched its furious beat into those space bound signals. Somewhere, out there, other worlds were waiting. Waiting for the signal which would indicate the disintegration of civilization on Earth. When the lust-driven rhythm of this mongrel music reached the ears of other worlds a visit from our extraterrestrial neighbors was inevitable. Perhaps their visit is overdue. They come from beyond. They come as a four piece Rock 'n' Roll combo. They call themselves The Space Cadets! Travelling on an eight beat rhythm rocket they roar through the stratosphere transmitting a hard hitting Rockabilly signal into the minds of the young, transforming the innocent into cyber-zombies, responding only to the beat! The beat! The beat!