UTG INTERVIEW: SATE On Latest Single, Upcoming Album


SATE is on a mission. The Toronto songstress has been turning heads north of the border with her electric, soul-infused rock sound, and now seems poised to make her biggest splash yet with the release of her forthcoming album, an amalgamation of three separate EPs released over the course of the past year.

UTG recently caught up with the dynamic diva to discuss her latest undertaking and plans for the future. Read our conversation below, and stay up to date on the state of SATE here.

First and foremost, I’d like to start from the beginning. Has music always been an integral part of your life, or was there a specific point where you were like, “Alright, I want to do this.”

Yeah, it’s always been a part of my life. I have a musical family, so it’s just always been all around me.

Who are some artists that you feel have influenced you in your sound or style up until this point? Is there anyone in particular who’s very important to you?

There’s so many people. Betty Davis, Tina Turner, Big Mamma Thornton, Chaka Khan, Pink Floyd, The Beatles…

That’s some very diverse talent.

Yeah, it runs the gamut. I love music that moves me, that inspires me–that takes hold and moves. Something that’s raw, energetic, and passionate, so that could be anything, ya know?

Absolutely. So what artists are dominating your headphones nowadays?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Rain Wolf, The Royal Blood, The Lazies–they’re from Australia–Public Animal–they’re from here in Toronto. Dorothy–they’re from LA. A lot of really groovy, riff-rock.

Very cool. Now, you just released a new music video for your latest single “Warrior,” and it turned out really awesome. What was that experience like–good time?

Definitely–always a good time. I just love performing. I mean, it’s a few times, when you’re making the video, you just have to do it over and over and over again, and you just have to keep it fresh. It’s almost like being on a playing field, where you just really have to put your mind in the set of you’re getting the touchdown, you’re getting the goal, and you have to do it again, and you have to get it perfect. You have to stay on, it’s never about turning off.

That sounds like it could get pretty tiring.

Absolutely, but also at the same time, it’s kind of like working out, where you’re just like, “I’m going to do this, I have to do this, and I’m not going to quit.”

As I understand it, “Warrior” is one of 30 songs that could potentially appear on your next album?

Well, I’ve written over 30 songs, and right now I have 18 songs that I’ve slowly been seeding to my crowd-funders that have pre-purchased or have been a part of the making of the album. So not all 18 songs will be on the album, but 10 songs, and I’m collaborating with my pledgers to widdle it down to 10 songs.

So you’re really letting your pledgers dictate the track list of your next album?

Yeah, it only make sense. I’m making music for people to consume, and I’d love to know what people really love. It means people will really enjoy it. Plus, they get a few extra songs to kick around that are exclusives to them and not the rest of the world, ya know?

No doubt. And when do you think we can expect that release?

Honestly, they’re 18 really fucking good songs, and it’s going to be hard to get through them. It’s been a lot of back-and-forth, like asking people, “Hey, what do you think?,” and they’re like, “Holy shit. What the fuck, really? This isn’t fair!,” and I’m like, “I know, that’s why I’m asking you!” [laughs] So it’s going to be a little bit of a process, and I’m not sure yet. There’s still opportunity to pledge and be a part of that journey, so if they want to be a part of that, they get a chance to hear all 18 songs and they don’t have to wait until the 10 songs come out.

Do you feel like “Warrior” is representative of all the songs on the album?

Oh, absolutely. It’s pretty in-your-face, high-energy, ballsy. I really love live performance, and I think people will get a sense of what I’m like as a live performer from listening to it.

That’s awesome! Speaking of live performance, do you have any more big plans for the rest of this year–any touring or anything like that on the schedule?

That’s all in the works.

Great. Is there anything else you’d like to add, or would want fans to know or keep an eye out for?

Keep an eye out for shows in their town, check out the song, share it, and spread the word. Find me, talk to me, and all that stuff.

Kyle Florence

Kyle Florence is a proud Wisconsinite, a dinosaur enthusiast, and a lover of all things weird and whacky.
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