The Toronto vocalist and songwriter leads a dynamic band combining blistering hard rock with gritty blues. The empowering messages embedded in her music, and her soul-shaking live show, have quickly built SATE’s reputation as an artist impossible to ignore. Her music leaves you exhausted but leaves a fire burning in your soul that wasn’t there before. DIRTY LITTLE LIE produced by Hill Kourkoutis, the video oozes seduction, sex and sweat. It’s meant to make the audience dance, however, the lyrical content of the track is serious and focuses on tough subject matter. “The track was inspired by the saturation of police brutality and race related mass shootings in the media and the conversations that I was having with my friends who were not of color,” SATE explains. SATE [definition]: satisfy a desire to the fullest. Let’s celebrate the VIDEO PREMIERE of DIRTY LITTLE LIE!
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
Born, raised and reside in Tkaronto (Toronto).
We love your hard rock and gritty funk sound, as well as your timeless classic vocal expression. When did it all come together for you musically as your “defining moment”?
I think when I decided to sound like me and stop trying to be like anybody else, was a major defining moment musically. Another recurring defining moment for me musically comes from being onstage when I’m exchanging energy with an audience. At the same time, because I strive to continue evolving as an artist, embracing the challenges that come along with growing deeper, especially into my voice and my sound, I don’t know that it’s all come together yet. Like on this record, I really wanted to go deeper, so I challenged myself with who I chose to write with to push me and even putting on the producer hat myself when demoing songs. All that to say, I’m not there yet, there’s more coming together to happen.
Could you explain to our readers the meaning behind the track and video for “Dirty Little Lie”?
“Dirty Little Lie” was inspired by watching the influx of police brutality, Trump supporters and the fetishization of brown bodies’ pain and humanity. Then, re-framed as a fucked up power struggling gas lighting boundary disrespecting relationship. It’s meant to shine a light in the murk of our conditioning’s and ask who are you under the influence of – the angel or the devil? And it’s also inspired by the Devil card in the tarot.
You’re definitely one of the more exciting artists out there, do you find it difficult to keep the momentum going and what fuels your drive?
Well, shit, thank you. I live for the stage, so that’s my momentum to keep going. I’m fueled by the getting onstage with my band, connecting with audiences and the travel, I fucking love touring.
Could you please tell us what musicians you have for your live show and their roles:
Wade O Brown is my musical director, he plays keys and sings.
Tony Rabalao plays drums and sings.
Ben Healey plays guitar.
Juwayon Clark is on the bass.
What was one of your most memorable performances and why?
Shit, they’re all my children! Um, first one that comes to mind is playing the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland for the most people ever in my life, there were like 200,000 people. Memorable, cause there were so many fucking people. Nobody knew who the fuck I was, but they rocked out with us.
One could describe your fashion sense as a fierce warrior, are you working with other designers or is this all your own creation?
I have been working with a few designers. Most of my wardrobe is designed by Aunt Funky’s Closet and Lady Dione, both out of LA. But then, there are a few Canadian designers that I wear as well like, Evan Biddell and Carrie Russell’s lingerie.
What was the fire that lit up your soul to make you become the artist you are today?
My mother (Salome Bey), was a well-known singer/actor/playwright/director in Canada, my first idol. Not only does her fire course through my veins, I’ve witnessed her fire, and am still so inspired by it.
What message would you like to give to the world?
We’re all majick and manifestors, capable of so much good and love and joy, so wtf are we waiting on?
When can we expect to see you perform live in America?
I’m playing in New York City at Berlin on February 5th 2019 at the moment, and working on a late spring/early summer North American tour.
Any other future plans:
Releasing more singles and then the full album, The Fool. I’m also creating a tarot deck to go along with album. I’m also working on a health/wellness thing, a podcast and a fashion collaboration. There’s more, but this is all I can handle at the moment – hah.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Dark Beauty means celebrating the dark side or shadow side of beauty.
Photo Credits Jessica Laforet and Jolie Adele