Originally from Canberra – Australia’s capital – writer, musician and modern day nomad, Spaceman Africa decided to legally change his name after an adventurous bender in Ireland in 2002. Spaceman’s unique indie-rock compositions are musical versions of the multitude of humorous stories Spaceman has written about from travelling the world, hence the name of the project is Spaceman Africa the Musical. Fans have likened his music to that of Lou Reed and Bob Dylan and describe his amusing lyrics comparable to Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords.
Spaceman started playing music as a teenager, first learning classical piano and then later expanding to the guitar and bass so he could play his favourite modern day music. After playing in various rock bands in his early 20’s, Spaceman hopped on a plane at age 22 bound for Europe and has consistently been travelling over the 20 years since. Travelling so extensively has given Spaceman plenty of writing material but has also dictated that Spaceman played solo with an acoustic guitar.
2018 marked the year that Spaceman finally recorded his songs in addition with bass and drums at Alpha Binary Studio in Canberra. The result of these recordings is the album, Africa as in the Continent. As well as the album, Spaceman has written a book that contains the stories behind each song on the album.
2018 saw Spaceman perform Spaceman Africa the Musical for the first time accompanied by a band. He was joined by two of his long time close friends, Miss J Love (bass guitar) and Nicholas Lee-Murphy (drums). Together, they were able to fulfill two of Spaceman’s long-held dreams: 1. to perform his songs live with a band, and 2. to perform at the iconic Canberra venue, the Phoenix Pub.
Heading in to the second half of 2020, Spaceman is planning on releasing a six track EP sometime in September, titled, I Never Felt so Alive.