Next In Line is a series focusing on Australian artists on the way up.
SAASTUMA are the Melbourne based two-piece that are dishing up their own unique brand of neo-electronica that you absolutely need to get around.
The group – made up of Memphis LK and Cesar Rodrigues – have been steadily building their rep in the Melbourne music scene for the past 2-years, with stunning releases such as ‘Floating‘, ‘Storm‘ and more recently ‘Crescent‘ turning heads.
With their debut album ‘OVERFLOW’ having just dropped, we caught up with SAATSUMA to learn more about this exciting, up-and-coming group.
Stoney Roads: When did you start making music and why?
Saatsuma: I grew up in a really creative household, and music was always something that was around. My entire immediate family are artists and musicians so that hugely influenced me as a kid. I’m so grateful for that.
SR: Who are your musical influences? What were/are you listening to?
S: Recently, particularly throughout the album writing process, Cesar and I have been super influenced by artists like Little Dragon, Solange, Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Fatima Yamaha. There are so many local artists too that we’re constantly inspired by – GL, Fortunes, Banoffee, Harvey Sutherland, Friendships… I could literally go on forever.
SR: How would you define your sound?
S: Dark, gritty, vulnerable, lucid music you can dance and chill to whilst smoking a dart on top of a snow-capped mountain.
SR: What are you currently working on?
S: We just released our DEBUT ALBUM! It’s called Overflow and we are feeling so many feelings and are v excited and emotionally drained but mainly we’re just so excited and proud to share this body of work with the world. We’re launching the album at Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on September 23rd, so we’re just rehearsing with the full band for the show. We’re also working on a few **top secret** remixes that will be revealed very soon. It’s a pretty real time.
SR: What is your view on the Aussie dance music scene right now?
S: I can only really speak for my experience in the Melb music scene, but yes it is very huge. There are so many talented and inspiring local electronic artists right now and it’s just continuing to grow. The diversity of work is massive. There’s a really great community of artists supporting each other, learning from each other, celebrating and vibing off each others’ work. I’m constantly blown away by the talent and output of music here and feel really honoured to be part of such an inclusive circle of artists.
Listen to SAATSUMA’s debut album ‘OVERFLOW’ below and head to their Facebook for info on the band as well as tour dates!
Check out our last piece in the Next in Line series with Willaris. K right here.