INTERVIEW: Satellite Citi

Hi Folks, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Doing great, thanks for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pyramid”?

For this song we used satire to expand on the conspiracy theories society indulges in. A big one being Illuminati which inspired the song name.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It was a pretty out of body experience writing this song. The lyrics kind of came out of nowhere and that gave us the idea to push the theme of the song further.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Actually yeah, we plan on making ‘Pyramid’ our third video off the EP. We’re most likely going to shoot it this summer, with a release in the fall! But before that we’re going to release a stop-motion music video for an upcoming track called “Slow Kill,” directed by Rosie Geozalian. The video features doll versions of ourselves which our director made herself.

The single comes off your new album Negative Space – what’s the story behind the title?

We were thinking of something that related to the band name and our personal lives simultaneously, and like all random ideas, it came to one of us in the shower and we decided to stick to it. We wanted to show people that you can still inspire yourself even if you’re in a negative headspace, since most of the songs had to do with dark or sensitive subject matters that we ourselves deal with or have dealt with.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was some of the best times we’ve had as a band thus far. We worked with our good friend Brad Wood (Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins) who produced, engineered and mixed our record. We then passed the songs off to Hans DeKline who did his magic and mastered the record for us. Before recording in the studio we did a ton of pre-production, and even wrote some songs in between recording sessions that ended up making it on the EP. Coincidentally, ‘Pyramid’ being one of those songs. Brad is an overall tremendous producer and person. He really made sure the process was as smooth as can be, and in the end we not only got a record we were extremely proud of, but made an awesome friend.

What role does LA play in your writing?

Aside from the fact that LA used to be the place every band would turn to for success, we feel like it’s become an over saturated social media numbers contest now. In that regard, that frustration is definitely present on the record. That being said, we love our city nonetheless!

 What aspect of negativity did you get to explore on this record?

So many different aspects were explored…personal/mental struggles, political/societal issues, religious extremism and even some sci-fi/horror elements…we wanted to touch base on a little bit of everything.

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re thinking about planning a West Coast run in the summer, but as of now we’re staying pretty local and mostly playing in the Los Angeles area.

What else is happening next in Satellite Citi’s world?

We’re super excited for our physical CD release show at The Hi Hat on 2/25/18“Negative Space” will be streaming everywhere digitally on 3/05/18, with a stop-motion music video for “Slow Kill” coming mid March, and plenty of shows to follow!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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