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RGM INTRODUCING - WE INTERVIEWED MY SATELLITE WHAT HAPPENED?

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEWED MY SATELLITE WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Bryan thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I can’t really say that I made much of a conscious decision. Music has been something calling to me since I was a child. I was singing along with my mom at bath time and made home videos of me belting out old Disney songs at 3 or 4. Though I didn’t start formal training on guitar until I was 13, I was just obsessed with music my whole life

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I am Bryan Stage and, as I previously mentioned, I was a former bathtub star, turned multi-instrumentalist and producer. I started My Satellite in 2009 as a solo, bedroom project and that eventually grew into a band which Andy joined in 2010 as the bassist. We played around Los Angeles and California, recorded our first full length album, Lift, which we released in 2014. After that Andy and I hunkered down in the studio for the better part of 8 years creating our new album, PERSON, which is coming out this year

What’s the live music scene like in Los Angeles right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

Between COVID and being glued to the studio for the past few years, we’ve become a little disoriented on what’s going on in the scene, as many of the classic LA spots didn’t survive the pandemic. But I have seen a lot of good and really eclectic sounds bubbling up in new spaces around town. The Growth Eternal, Mini Trees, l0vgirl, Sour Tongue, and Max & The Mofos are just a few local bands that I’ve been into lately

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

It’s tough. Everything is changing rapidly and there is no well-worn path for anyone to follow. We’re just out here trying to battle algorithms to get attention, and attempting to find the right places to put our money to help us get our music heard. It’s not easy and not what we signed up for when we became musicians.

And since the world essentially views music as a free commodity, the independent artist is getting pinched on all sides by the industry who, for a price, gives us unprecedented abilities to create and share our music, yet gives us very few real options to make money back on the investment we’ve put into it. It’s a bit of a pickle, but we’re addicts for making music and we’re not going to stop just because the industry is confusing as hell right now

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I think we’ve always lived on the fringe of the industry and we’ve been ok with that. It’s given us a lot of freedom to craft our sound however we want and not feel pressured to rush or compromise on our vision. That said, we are ready to turn some heads in the industry now and take our game to a new level

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I play the didgeridoo. I dislike Red Vines. I’m an avid nudist

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

As someone who is pretty obsessed with Sci-Fi, the whole UAP/aliens scenario really itches my brain. I love thinking about the universe and what is possible in this insane fever dream of a 3D existence we find ourselves in. I have no idea what the truth is regarding everything that’s been coming out lately, but I can’t get enough of that stuff

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

We have unlocked “kicking ass” and now we’re focused on “taking names”

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Denial’ is our new single from our upcoming LP, PERSON, which we’re releasing later this year. It’s the funky, fun, summer vibes track about letting go of the past and trying to enjoy the moment. It’s one part of the voyage in this LP, which is meant to be listened to in full and taken in as a complete piece of art.

It seems that the craft of the album has been overlooked in the playlist world we now live in and we wanted this to be a throwback to what turned us into the musicheads we are today. We set out to create a psychedelic experience with a story arc from the first song to the last, and wanted to make an album that we would enjoy listening to from start to finish. We think there are a lot of people like us out there who still appreciate albums and this is for those like-minded lovers of the art

What was the recording process like?

We produced, recorded and mixed everything ourselves so it was a long and winding journey. Lots of late nights that bled into early mornings, moments of inspiration, months of no progress, sudden breakthroughs, writes and rewrites and even more rewrites, too many beers and too many cigarettes, joys and frustrations, victories and defeats, and ultimately a triumphal completion. I think that pretty much sums it up.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Our biggest realization, and one that we had to remind ourselves of over and over again, was that everything hinges upon the bass groove. For us, nine times out of ten, if a song or a part of a song wasn’t working, the bass line was dull, too busy, or just wrong and not sculpting a groove that was helping the song move. It’s such a fundamental aspect of music that you hear everywhere, yet it had escaped our attention for most of our musical careers.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Life is all about the journey not the destination, and this was the journey of our lifetimes. This album became a crucible that was incredibly frustrating at times, unbelievably joyous at others, and we wouldn’t change any of it. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

We’ll be releasing our album on Bandcamp well before it hits the streamers so be sure to join us over there to be a part of it

LISTEN TO ‘DENIAL’- https://ffm.to/listen2denial

BANDCAMP HERE

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Bandcamp- https://mysatellite.bandcamp.com/

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