Having garnered more than a million streams on Spotify alone, London-based Finnish artist SÄTILÄ has just returned with new single Like You Do. In an exciting time, we caught up with Sätilä talk to about his recent experiences.
AC: In the studio, do you have a fear you’d like to conquer?
SÄTILÄ: Red light fever is a real thing. I could definitely live without that fear. It’s not fear as such but many times the feeling of “I could do this so much better” is present when recording.
What about outside of the studio?
I tend to think about what others might think of me and my music quite a lot. It’s a very Finnish thing to do.
Did growing up in Finland influence your musical interests? Are you from a musical household?
My mom can sing and used to play piano when I was a kid. Years after I started playing and singing my sister started playing the guitar and the piano and my brother the drums. I’m the only one serious about music. We’ve never really played together.
Since moving to London, has the city culture been a source of inspiration for your songwriting?
For sure! I’ve been to loads of gigs and the variety of music has helped me free myself from genre restrictions and just to do what I want. Lyrically, I’ve been inspired by how many people there are in this city and, yet, how lonely you can feel. I’m also constantly stunned by how inconsiderate and unaware of other people can be.
Where does the creation of a song begin for you?
Usually jamming on the guitar or the piano.
Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment, what’s yours?
There are so many apps nowadays, it’s ridiculous. Mine would probably be some sort of concert-goer loyalty thing where you get a free gig sometimes.
How important is social media to you right now?
It should be very important but I constantly struggle with this. I love connecting with people but I’m a bit reluctant to creating loads of content. I feel like there is so much information out there. When I put out content, I’d want it to be high quality and that it would last long instead of being forgotten right away.
Your music has garnered close to a million streams. Do you take notice of the numbers? Do you find it distracting?
Yes, to a fault. It doesn’t distract my creative process but when it comes to the business side of being an artist, releasing music, I follow them closely. This last release hasn’t got the numbers I had hoped and it’s been very tough mentally to refocus my mind and keep moving forward.
What is the funniest fan request you’ve ever received?
I don’t know how serious they were but one time at a show, two girls shouted “we want sex!” in between songs.
Ahead of a gig, do you have any pre-show rituals?
I think it’s still developing. I want it to be quite relaxed and the whole band to be one, getting to the same space and energy.
What do you normally have on your rider?
Nothing crazy. Red wine and towels!
How would you describe your work ethic as an artist?
Relaxed but effective.
It’s still quite early but have you been thinking about a New Year’s resolution for 2020?
Cherish community and believe in yourself.
INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES