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Meet Pauli Lovejoy of Badman Space Program in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pauli Lovejoy.

Pauli, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Professionally as a musician, I started my journey off as a drummer. In 2005 at age 15, I entered and won a national competition called UK Young Drummer of the Year. This was the catalyst that would drive me to work with the likes of Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Sampha and Robyn to name a few.

Subsequently, I became a musical director and worked with fka Twigs and Jamie xx on their solo projects. Working closely in developing live stage shows for these artists was super inspiring and led me on a quest of self artistic liberation. During this time, I discovered afrofuturism and became obsessed with Sun Ra’s ‘Space is The Place.’ This tweaked my interest in astronomy, and more recently, sustainable space exploration. I think what SpaceX is doing with reusable rockets is phenomenal.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Moving country has been the biggest obstacle. Being from UK and living in the US, although we speak the same language you have to learn to adopt a whole new level of nuances to your communication.

Badman Space Program – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
In 2018, I was invited to NASA to screen BUSS CASE, “the first-ever music video in space” and presented my plans for the “Badman Space Program,” which I started with the aim to provide disenfranchised kids with resources to learn about space exploration, science and at the very least to widen their horizons using music and art as the conduit. Since I’ve been fortunate enough to work in collaboration with NASA getting the message of the future of Space exploration to LAUSD schools.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Not giving up.

Image Credit:

Rosángela Bichara

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