INTERVIEW: Satsang

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

I have been better than ever. Really soaking up this family time, training a lot, and loving getting to be home fo such a long stretch.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “All. Right. Now”?

“All. Right. Now” was written after last year’s fall tour. I was having a hard time. We were so busy, a lot of inter personal and family stuff was surfacing for me, and I was becoming really emotionally exhausted. When I got home (like 20 min after I got home lol) The song hit. It’s really about the fact that carving your own path is always going to be hard. There are naysayers, time away from family, stress of feeling like you’re doing it alone, etc etc. But for me I cant have it any other way. A normal life/job would never suit me. So realizing that through all the hard ship and stress and it always feeling like its overwhelming, Im always alright… even when everything seems to be happening all right now.

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

Like I said a huge part was just a lot of personal and business stuff coming to a head at one time and then finally getting home and realizing I was fine, and that it was all part of it.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The video is cool because a lot of the footage is behind the scenes stuff from us making the record. I had flown all the boys out to Montana and rented a house in Paradise Valley to finish up tracking. We had a blast. It was really special to all be reunited in my home state, in the mountains, right by the river, and kind of show the boys the essence of where the songs came from.

Why did you decide to name the album after this track in particular?

I felt like COVID hit everyone really hard and regardless of occupation etc, everyone was feeling very overwhelmed and inundated with information and news and politics… it was a lot. The song seemed so fitting for the times. A way to remind and reassure everyone that it will be alright even though it doesn’t seem like it. I think when we are overwhelmed songs can serve as mantras. And the mantra of “its alright now” is an important one for our time.

How was the recording and writing process?

This record was different than the others as these songs all felt different when they came out. I usually write a song and have an idea of where I want it to go. But with these, everyone of them I could hear finished in my head. After I had tracked my guitars and vocals, Karl did bass and harmonies. Then I flew everyone to Montana to finish up drums, guitars, and auxiliary stuff. Everyone who played on the record hit it out of the park. I cried more than once listening to rough mixes on the monitors because they ended up exactly how I heard them in my head.

What role does Montana play in your music?

HUGE. This record in particular it’s heavy. I really wanted to make the record sound like Montana looks, if that makes sense. Wide open, towering mountains, running rivers. Montana has never “coined” a sound and I hope I did that. Having all this time at home for me has made me fall back into my deep love affair with the mountains. Getting back to fishing, hiking and climbing… all the shit I did before music stole me lol. “From and I Go” is essentially an ode to MT and how I want to live here forever… and how rooted my relationship with my wife is also rooted to these mountains.

With your previous work getting so much momentum – did you feel any sort of pressure while putting this album together or rather the opposite?

I wouldn’t say pressure. The songs came naturally and once they started to take shape into what I was hearing in my head it was all very fluid. And the boys caught the vibe very easily. For me though I am always trying to out do our previous work. This record is a huge step. The sound is bigger and better than ever and will hopefully hit a way wider audience.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I think being home was the biggest factor. The entirety of my time not touring and being home I was going to therapy and working through a lot of patterns. Having the space, time with my family, and the mountains, I was able to put it all together in a really beautiful way. There are a couple of songs that were written on tour that are about the highs and lows of what we do but most of the music was written here at home.

What else is happening next in Satsang’s world?

We have this whole release cycle to look forward to which I am very excited about. Working with SideOneDummy has been awesome and we are excited to see what we can do with their team. And HOPEFULLY we get to tour again this summer/fall!

Satsang - All. Right. Now. (Official Music Video)

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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