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Behind The Noise #4: Satoru @ Side Bar Tallahassee Fl 10/18/12 (Exclusive Interview)

On a drizzly Thursday night in Tallahassee, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to see an extraordinary talent. Satoru, real name Trey Phillips, was playing at my favorite venue in Tallahassee and I couldn’t resist to see him live in action. I arrived early to chat with Trey before the evenings festivities started.



Satoru Interview

Joey
Hey man, thanks for sitting down with me

Trey
No problem, thank you for coming

Joey
So to start things off, take me through your music making process

Trey
Well, coming home from work the first thing I do is load up Ableton and just start working. I usually start out with a drum beat and depending on my mood it can really range in sounds. Then I like to lay a base melody down and build everything around those two elements. Sometimes I get them on the first try, sometimes is take 100 tries to get it right so it’s definitely a process. Once I have the song done, I do the mixdown and the mastering myself, and that honestly takes up the majority of the time I put into creating the song.

Joey
Awesome, so you’re on tour now, whats that like?

Trey
Tiring ha ha, unless you have the money for hotels, you’re sleeping on couches. I feel like a couch bum right now. But I’ve been eating well, everywhere I go people always take me to “the best place in town” so I’ve gotten a great sense of culture in every town I’ve been in. Also, I get to party with and meet all sorts of different new people so it’s very fun.

Joey
So I know this is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child, but what’s your favorite song in your set right now?

Trey
On my most recent album I’ve got 30 tracks, with a lot of different stuff. One of my favorites is called “Finding Self” It’s a chill song with a solo piano track, some glitchy chunky drums, and violin, it’s very peaceful. My other favorite is “Insomnia”. It’s really heavy with some big bass. It’s got some hip hop vocals over it that really get the crowd reacting so it does very well live. It gets me hype so I really like it.

Joey
Nice, so when it comes to music, who are your biggest influences?

Trey
Pink Floyd for sure. Nirvana, I really like Bassnectar, Glitch Mob. Two of my biggest influences is Tipper and Sound Tribe. They were the reason I got into Ableton. I listened to their album “Artifact” and was like, how do the do this.

Joey
Hell yea, Pink Floyd! So when did you start playing music?

Trey
I started playing the violin around 5th grade, and from there I went to stand up bass and the guitar. I was never into electronic music until like 08/09 when I got Ableton and figured out how hard it really was to make.

Joey
What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Trey
I’ve never been able to find something that gives me that much relaxation and freedom. You can express something through sound that you can’t with other things. There’s an Adele track I’m gonna use tonight that was for my girlfriend that I really love. After a long day at work, no matter how tedious and how long it takes, I thoroughly enjoy it. Especially on stage, although I’m not that social of a person and I have some stage fright (Editors note, this guy does not have stage fright). I don’t just wanna lose the sense of what I do just to appease somebody.

Joey
Wonderful, well thanks for your time and good luck tonight

Trey
Thank you


So the show started and it was great. Soundduo opened up with their unique combination of dub and live drumming. Following them was our two favorites, Mark Starr and Taylor Shockley going back to back for a while. Side note, Mark gave us a preview of his newest remix of Kill Frenzy‘s “Booty Clap” boy oh boy is was dope. And then on next was Satoru.


The sexy ladies from Divine Kinetics put on unique show for the crowd

His whole stage fright thing must be in his head, because he has great stage presence. He had a little smirk on his face for about 80% of his show, and he would really smile every time he dropped some nasty bass. His sets include all originals which is rare in this day and age.

His music ranged from bass heavy jams, and in one fell swoop, he would tone down to beautiful melodic sections, with heavy amounts of violin, harps, and other string instruments. There was a clear influence off oriental music heavy in a lot of the breakdowns. It’s was thoroughly enjoyable, and this is coming from a guy who doesn’t like much bass music. There was a different sense of musicality to his set, and it each song seemed to be connect, as if he was playing jut one long song.

The night went on well past 2 A.M. and it got to the point where I had to start worrying about class the next morning. But I my man Trey comes to a city near you, do yourself a favor and go see someone who has a genuine love for what he does, and the art he makes.


Here’s and example of what his sets sound like


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