Satchit is an alternative artist from South London. In his musical genre, he combines alternative R&B with some elements of pop. His main influences are Frank Ocean, James Blake, and Blood Orange, and his music is a mix of sounds with different vocals and instruments. Satchit has as already performed at several music festivals. In 2018 publishes his first EP, which had a decent following among fans. Since then it has been a continuous rise! His latest release is a track entitled “New Peace”, published last September 10. The text deals with letting go of stressful situations in life and moving towards the search for peace. Different sounds follow one another, but without abandoning R&B with elements of the South Asian chant. The carefree attitude of the song and the feeling of relaxation and tranquility given by the guitars will make you want to listen to it and listen to it!
YMX: Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.
SATCHIT: My career as a singer/producer only really started after I left university, as up to that point I had never really believed that it was something that I was capable of doing. I have always been a singer but I wanted to be able to put my ideas into actual projects, so I worked on learning to produce and mix myself and finally started releasing music. Having a mix of influences, I always wanted to incorporate my South Asian musical knowledge and styles into other music that I loved like R&B and other alternative styles. I recorded my first EP really quickly after starting my journey, but after that felt as though I really needed to take more time to hone my writing and production skills if I was really to get anywhere. So as of this year I’ve begun to release more music again and have a few different projects lined up. The first of which I hope to release early in the new year! My goal has always been quite simple, I just want to be able to make music that I can enjoy myself and be able to take it to as many people as possible who might enjoy it too.
YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?
SATCHIT: As an artist from South London, I have always been amongst a diverse range of cultures and one of the strongest influences for me has come from my own South Asian culture. My music itself is a mixture of influences, so it has elements of South Asian styles, R&B and electronic music, but overall I like to try to create an ambient, chilled sound.
YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far?
SATCHIT: My biggest influences have most recently been artists like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar and James Blake. But what got me into this style of music were artists like Ne-Yo who tackled writing songs in such a melodically driven way, which I have always loved. Aside from these, I grew up listening to Tamil and Hindi music, so music directors from India like AR Rahman and Ilaiyaraaja still have a huge impact on the music that I make.
YMX: You just released NEW PEACE. Could you tell us how the project came about?
SATCHIT: New Peace was a song I came up with really early in 2020 and the beat itself was just a product of me messing around on different plugins and with different samples. However the subject of the song came about as a result of my thoughts about the end of a relationship and other stressful situations in life. I have always felt as though dwelling on negative emotions does more damage than good, and reflection is always more healing when you’re in a peaceful and positive place. So that no matter what has happened to you, once you are able to let it go, you can grow and heal from the issues. That’s where the hook lyric comes from, “peace is letting go”. The video was shot and edited by me too, and the thought behind that was to have a carefree aesthetic and communicate the idea of a peaceful mind and existence. So I edited in pieces of an old cartoon, “Felix the Cat”, partly to describe some of the lyrics, but also to add to the feeling of escape – which one can get from watching cartoons. That, coupled with the “iphone” style and aspect ratio; I felt it gave off a more casual vibe that was perfect for the escapism that this song was meant to provide.
YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, especially for musicians such as yourselves with the absence of performing live. How have you been coping this year? musically speaking.
SATCHIT: It has been a weird year, because I have been able to produce and write a lot more, of course. However, not being able to go out for a lot of the year and have a social life also has an impact on the range of influences you can find. I had to reform my routines and started writing a lot more introspective songs and lyrics, finding issues and ideas that I would often talk about, but not as often sing about. It has been interesting in that way, perhaps growth on one side but feeling stunted a bit on the other. The other being performing live of course, and not having this is definitely tough with regards to presenting all the new music I have created. However, there have been ways to connect over socials and I really luckily managed to squeeze a gig in in September just before the tier system took place. That was so much fun to do, but it’s a shame the toll that all the restrictions have taken on the industry and everyone’s mental health. I have just found that allowing myself time to be completely alone and with my music has helped me cope with it too, not applying too much pressure on output.
YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?
SATCHIT: Playing live certainly has an element of both making yourself known and expressing yourself, for me it has more of the latter just because I love hearing my music being played by other talented musicians too – it brings a whole other life to my songs! Plus, it lets me think and rethink about what could be added or removed from certain songs. There are all kinds of benefits to it really. Aside from all of that, it’s just a lot of fun to go out and perform with people who are passionate about music and passionate about your music in particular, and do that for people who want to come out and listen to music.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? in terms of releases, live streams, gigs?
SATCHIT: In the future I look to release an EP early in the new year, with a couple more singles beforehand. New Peace is actually a track off this EP, so it was exciting to get the ball rolling even if there have been roadblocks along the way. I also have some potential gigs lined up in December, as long as lockdown restrictions don’t stop us!