Special Interview: SAATSUMA

Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
I grew up in a really creative environment, so music was something that was always around. When I was about 7 I had a gnarly band called !!Shazam!! with my sister and two cousins and we used to charge our parents money to watch us sing and dance. I feel like music was everywhere in my childhood which I’m really grateful for – it’s always been such an integral part of my life.

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
I’m constantly inspired and in awe of all the incredibly talented and creative humans in my life. Having such an amazing network of friends and family around to inspire and support each other is such an invaluable thing.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
If I could play music and travel for the rest of my life I’d be seriously content. That’s the dream. I want to continue writing producing and performing, and also experiment with creative music in conjunction with other artistic mediums like soundscapes and installations and film. I also hope to inspire young aspiring musicians, particularly females, to do what they love. The music industry can be a pretty daunting place.

Success, what is the secret to it?
I don’t think success is really a tangible thing. If it were actually attainable, we would all stop creating new things and pushing boundaries. I think as long as you’re constantly doing what you love and focusing on the improvement of yourself rather than comparing your “success” to everyone else, you’re gonna live a pretty damn satisfying life.

What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Performing at Golden Plains earlier this year was off the chizzain. I remember going to my first Meredith and thinking to myself “one day I’m gonna perform on that stage”. I honestly just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing during the set, it was such a surreal experience.

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
David Bowie, Bjork, Grimes, Nicolas Jaar, Brian Eno.

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Hopefully touring with SAATSUMA. The band are a bunch of legends and it’d be so much fun to travel round and play shows and have gags.

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
OMG THERE ARE SO MANY. I love GL, Roland Tings, Sui Zhen, Dick Diver, The Harpoons, Rat & Co, Nutrition, Tornado Wallace, Total Giovanni, Jaala. Strayan music is off its head.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
After our launch in July, we’re really just honing in on writing. We’ll be in the studio working on new stuff and playing shows over summer. We’re doing a lil support tour in September but I can’t divulge too much about that just yet… But yes, the coming months are looking like a real good time.

Tell us a bit about your latest single, how would you best describe your music?
The latest single is called Floating and it explores the themes of insomnia and anxiety. It was written and produced by myself, Cesar Rodrigues and Joel Ma and mixed by my bro Declan Kelly (Dream Kit). Our music is driven by elements of hip-hop, house and neo-soul. I guess our main aim when writing has been to create electronic music that still maintains that sense of “realness” and naturalism.

Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
We’re currently working on an experimental film clip for a track that’s being released very soon as part of a compilation called Imperium. Other than than we’re mainly just writing lots and working towards getting a staunch EP together :~)

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
I<3U4URAQT. Also how good is citrus. Go eat a mandarin. Thank me later.

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