TMG is pleased to bring you another exclusive artist spotlight! This time it’s on the NYC based electronic producer, SATRN!
Here’s his prologue to all of us!
I am a cadet-in-training. Currently stationed at Academy.
Readying to explore the cosmos to contextualize existence,
interpreted thru music and visual art via technology.
SATRN ARTIST INTERVIEW
1. What’s your musical artist name? Where did the name come from?
SATRN is my name! The name was given to me by my first teacher in the world of dance music culture. A sort of rave guru. Quite the character, but a wise one at that.
2. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
I started messing around with music after a passionatediscovery of trance and progressive music and European DJ culture when I was in middle school. From there I used YouTube to learn how to DJ, doing my first mixes and beat matching between a single turntable and a radio. As gigs started in high school I was differentiating sets with my own mashups until realizing that it was under-stimulating and felt like cheating, ya know, using someone else’s creativity to build up a false facade of your own.
Now I’m producing progressive house trance and breaks (and the deviations within) because I love the space to merge melodious electronic music with technical production techniques and theory. That cluster of genres are all distinct, but readily act to support bridges to other genres as well. Further expanding the possibilities.
3. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
I have not released an album. I’ve put out a limited selection of singles and very early remixes and mashups, but I’m charging up a collection of EPs for tentative release sometime late this summer to early fall. I’ve been working on various projects in and out of the studio for the last two years as I sought and honed “my sound.” Now I’m collecting the lessons learned from that process and creating new material to express it.
4. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
Discovering who I am as a creative person. There are obviously many hardships that can prove difficult in the moment, but I definitely feel the most challenging processes have been personal. In that context, being able to say that I’ve begun to sort that out in a way that feels meaningful is my greatest accomplishment.
5. Do you have any memorable music experiences that have shaped who you are as an artist?
A few. One can be summarized by this image. [Meeting Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5 at 16], experiencing the unconditional love and acceptance of the rave community at my
first massive rave at age 17 in LA, or working my ass off hustling my way into clubs around my native Boston throughout high school to either see or get booked for shows. They all have shaped who I am in important ways; weird life experiences tend to do that for me.
6. What venues and/or events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
My favorite so far was my last set at Prime in Boston. It was right before the holidays and the night was also a leading fundraiser by the same gentlemen who created the Ice Bucket Challenge. No icey water was dropped on anyone that night though, just delicious beats. It was fun because I could play whatever I wanted in a mainstream (yet personal) EDM club, until the owners told mgmt to pull me because they weren’t “paying [me] like a headliner,” though I was headlining…Hoping to be back again soon!
The last five years though? Shit, time for an abbreviated list. Hydrotechnics Festival July ‘14
District 36 w/ LA Riots – New York City
Prime – Boston
Rise – Boston
Piano’s – New York City
Lilium – New York City
Studio Twenty One – New York City
The Middle East: Downstairs – Cambridge, MA 48 Lounge – New York City
Mantra – Boston
Revolution – Boston
Vintage Lounge – Boston
Epi Center – Boston
7. How do acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
Much of my approach to getting shows is putting on good ones. I know it sounds obvious, but if you blindly aspire to give people a good time, you never know who might be in the crowd that will find you after to offer you the next big thing. This has happened numerous times, even after gigs when I thought no one cared that there was a DJ. It just shows that people are always paying attention. If you’re on your A game even when things may appear grim, that’s when the people who really believe in what you’re doing seem to take notice the most.
8. Do you have any motto’s?
Not really, but if I think of any in the moment they’ll be memorialized at @strnmusic on twitter.
9. What inspires you?
Everything from technology to humanity, art and other music. Anything can inspire given the right moment and light.
10. What’s next for Satrn?
Getting out there! Currently in the works are two leading EPs among other great adventures. :)
Huge thanks to SATRN for sharing his artistic perspective! Check them out this Thursday night in New York at the Leftfield; set time 10:00pm! Also make sure to check out more of SATRN below!
Buy your pre-sale tickets here! – http://turnstylemusicgroup.com/event/816129-cartwheelers-new-york/
Author: Maxwell Stetson