Satori’s Busy Spring

Satori has been extremely busy this springtime, with a new EP out on DGTL, Yam, while also generating a lot of excitement with some great performance with his new live act he is doing with The Band from Space. In the beginning of May, he had a Live performance with the aforementioned band at a very special and unique venue, Fort Louvois in Bourcefranc-le-Chapus, France, for Cercle. The over 1-hour long performance was recorded live and is viewable on YouTube.

At the end of the performance he gave an interview where he talks about his experience of playing at such an amazing and unique venue, saying it was “sick”, he really enjoyed the moment, and was an “out of the world experience”. He then goes on to talk about how he met the guys of the band, The Band from Space, and how he knew each one of them but they didn’t now each other as they were sprad out from different parts of the world, and he ended up bringing them together.
Satori then explains his singing, talking about whether or not he intends to sing more in his tracks in the future. One track, “Colorful Dream”, he considers himself a singer, he “really sings, sings, there are no effects on his voice”. On other songs, he says he doesn’t really consider himself as a singer but uses his voice to create extra atmosphere. But he has been more into singing lately, so he is considering creating more tracks with him actually singing. He explains, rhythm (like through clapping) and singing has the most connection to the human core, and he would like to create more stories with it.
Next he explains the use of one of the instruments he used in his show, the Moroccan Gimbri, also known as a Sintir, which looks like an odd looking guitar, that is tunable to create melodies but because of it’s design can also be used for percussion. Satori uses it mostly for the later. He had one custom made, saying that the creator made it small just for Satori so he could travel with it, because normal Gimbris are too large for travel.
Satori is then asked about his 3 favorite cities, where he goes on to explain:
  • Paris – he has a special relationship with this city and his friends and fans who live there. They are very intelligent and beautiful people. It’s his favorite city.
  • Mexico in general – On the Day of the Dead, it is his favorite place to play. Everybody is dressed as skeletons so he is playing infront of several hundreds of skeletons.
  • New York City –  a special spot for him to play, similaar to why Paris is his favorite – the intelligent and beautiful people as well as the general vibe – they party but it doesn’t become a dirty rave nor does it come a boring, stiff party.
Satori then goes on to talk about about how in performances, BPM has nothing to do with energy, “its all about dynamics”. It is a common misconceptioin that one must raise the BPM to raise the energy level. Nonetheless, the peak-time fist pumping isnt his style anyway.  He then goes on to talk about the next projects with his band, saying they have many fresh and creative ideas. He is also working on a new album and has a lot of stuff to do, saying he needs to be careful not to do too much.
The final question of the interview is about what gives Satori the most inspiration, he explains that he actually gets most inspiration out of paintings, often going to museums to get inspiration the most. He often times tries to get into the mind of a painter and tries to convey what was on the particular artist’s mind when he or she made the painting, turning that state of mind into music.
3voor12 also ended up premiering Satori’s new Yam EP on DGTL. The article talks about his upcoming shows at the time, including a private party for fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the Alps, a gig in Basel, then closing a stage at DGTL Amsterdam. The article then goes into detail about the special story of the inspiration of the Yam EP, especially for the title track, saying it is reminiscent of a melodic and slow Henrik Schwarz-house album. The story is that Satori was in Mexico with a good friend who organized the festival he was at, listening to speakers about awareness and shamanic ceremonies which slowly evolved into a festival with live music and bands, and then with more and more electronics. It was a very spiritual and diverse crowd, from 18 year-old students to 61 year-old men. Satori was closing the festival and wanted a track to perfectly capture the last moment of the festival with the sunset. He used a sample of a traditional Mexican chant, taken from a CD his friend listened to with his parents, so it is a very personal track to him. He wanted to capture the transition from the day to the night, claiming that the sunset and sunrise are the most magical moments as a performer. You can read the full article, in Dutch, by clicking here.
Satori then also gave a did a personal interview with Deep House Amsterdam, the popular Amsterdam electronic music publication, where he talks about the inspiration and starting point of his recent DGTL EP, Yam. He talks about the story behind all the songs on the EP, explains why he remixed the final track “Magharibi”, originally by the artist Sahale, and his use of STEMS. He then goes into talking about his close relationship with DGTL and how he views them as a brand, explains the process behind the creative environment working with DGTL as a label, where the Band from Space fits into his profile as an artist and how this live set differs from his own personal one. Lastly, he talks about his plans for the next few months and explains what he does to maintain mindfulness with his hectic schedule.
You can read the interview with Deep House Amsterdam by clicking here.

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