SATYA "Anything is possible when you create room for it"

Satya's song 'Oakland' has been on rotation on DJ Prone's Mixed Bag Show on Indie Soul Radio, we love the song so much we wanted to find out more about the singer / song writer so we reached out..

Give me a little bit about your background. Where are you from and how did you get started in music?

I grew up in Oakland California. Oakland was a beautiful city to have grown up in, It was kinda like a mixing pot for artists. When I was growing up my family would bring me to different live music events. I remember going to the Alvin Ailey dance company, and from a young age being inspired and really touched by his piece ‘Revelations’ from the soundtrack to the colors, it always touched me in a different way. I've always been a musical kid. I remember when I was like five, I was obsessed with the musical ‘The Wiz.’ While my mom was in the shower I’d dress up in my lion costume and hide in a hamper. Once she finally got out I’d jump out and surprise her with the “Mean old lion” dance number - if that also says anything about being a Leo. Around the age of eight, I started to sing in different Oakland choirs, that's when I really fell in love with my voice and singing harmonies. For high school I went to Oakland School for the Arts and studied in the vocal department, which truly taught me so much. Around that time I was going through a lot at home, and writing and performing became my outlet. My senior year of high school is when I really dove into writing, and production.

What was your most memorable moment in your music career?

I have been living in New Orleans over the last four years, and during that time all my shows included my keys player, ‘Shout Young’. I recently decided to move back to Oakland in August, and as I was getting ready for my road trip back, I got the opportunity and honor to open for Smokey Robinson at the Mountain View Winery. It was a really beautiful welcome back to the Bay Area to drive back home, and have this beautiful show. ‘Shout’ came out for the show, and performed alongside my two good friends ‘August Lee Stevens’ and ‘Mia Matsuno’ singing background vocals. Being able to play that show with people I love felt really special. Also due to covid, my family hasn't been able to see me at any indoor venues, so the Smokey Robinson show was the first they could attend since the pandemic, so that felt really special to have them there.

What was your most challenging moment?

Writing is a big outlet for me so learning how to separate writing for myself, rather than writing for how others will perceive it can sometimes feel challenging. I guess right now my challenges have revolved around self doubt.

Who are your musical influences?

This is a hard question, I have SO many! If I named them all it’d be like ten pages. As of this very moment, the artists I’ve had on repeat are D'angelo, Alice Coltrane, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, and Prince.

If you could do a duet or have someone write a song for you from your favorite artist, dead or alive, who would it be?

Prince, If Prince wrote me a song my life would be complete.

What is the last song you’ve listened to by another artist and

Who are your present favorites?

The last two songs I've had on repeat were 'Give it up' by Cartoons, and ‘That's the way I feel about cha’ by Aretha Franklin. I'm obsessed. Some other artists I adore are Sault, Greentea Peng, Adrianne Lenker, St. Panther and Steve Lacy.

What was your most embarrassing moment while at a live performance or interview?

So this was a college party type show, please keep that in mind… but this one time we had a Valentine's Day show, we had a whole drink menu named after each artist, and they decided that my drink would be called “shotyas',' so long story short my guitar player had one too many shotyas… He was supposed to start out the first song with a guitar intro, I remember looking over and he was just blankly staring at the audience, so my keyboard player covered up. It was all going smoothly and all of a sudden the guitarist fully blacked out on stage mid song, they fell starfish position over the amp. Their guitar half unplugged so all you could hear was the most high pitch feedback ringing. It was honestly fine though the audience just cheered them on.

How many singles/albums do you have out presently and are there any projects in the works?

I currently have two EP’s out, my first one called ‘Flourish against Fracture' produced by Tal Ariel. The second one is called “Deep Blue”, which just came out in July. I’m currently working on my first full length album.

What are your either weird habits or traditions before performing live or recording?

I always choose a special object to keep in my pocket with me during my shows.

What other skills do you have under your belt apart from music?

I don't know if this is necessarily a skill but I'm super interested in herbalism. I used to work for a hoodoo shop in New Orleans, and got to learn a lot about the herbs we carried in the apothecary, along with herbal remedies for healing.

What advice would you like to give to upcoming artists?

I’d say the more I've trusted myself, and spoken up for what I wanted, the closer I've gotten to where I want to be. I believe anything is possible when you create room for it and add dedication, and consistency, something I still deeply struggle with, but when I ground myself in knowing that, that's when I get back on track.

Ok time for Under The Radar’s silly question. What would be more of a challenge breakdancing during an earthquake or Barry Manilow attempting to make a trap record?

Oh lord, well growing up in California I think I could still hit my stuff during an earthquake… I’d say the trap record would be the challenge, even though I’d love to hear it.


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