In Conversation with Memphis of SAATSUMA

Interview of Memphis by Freya Bennett

Hi Memphis, how are you?

It’s a crisp, drizzly Monday night, and I’m in the studio. Life iz good.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m 22, I live in Melbourne, and I spend my days making music and having lols with my cute housemates. I really like coffee. My favourite colour is green. I have a fringe. I like plants and have 2 pet chickens named Prince and Bowie. I think tangelos and aperol spritzers are what dreams are made of.

Tell us a bit about the music you create:

I like to describe SAATSUMA’s music as electronic/neo-soul/contemplative bangers. Our writing style features a lot of staunch lo-fi house, and hip-hop inspired beats layered with analog synths, and soulful vocal melodies.

Describe your music in three words:

Norty but nice.

What do you love about creating music?

The fact that I’m constantly surrounded by it. Everyday I’m learning new things, experimenting with different sounds, working with inspiring people. I love the fact that I have complete freedom when it comes to writing, and that I’m fortunate enough to be able to spend every day doing it. That’s a privilege I’m incredibly grateful for.

What do you find difficult about music?

My biggest challenge is probably the pressure I put on myself. I have this incessant desire to know everything there is to know, and it can often be really overwhelming. I often have to remind myself that I’m still young, and I’m always going to be learning and figuring stuff out. That’s part of the enjoyment of creating things. The unknown provides a sense of mystery and excitement, and is often what drives you to expand and try new things.

If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Meredith Music Festival. Ultimate dream. After that I’d be v keen on going to play in Japan. That would be wild.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My friends and family; in particular the strong, creative women in my life. I’m constantly inspired by their creative drive, and passion for what they do. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such a creative and supportive network of people who motivate me to do what I love without fear or self-doubt.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

Bjork!

What are your ultimate music goals?

I’d honestly be so happy to continue writing, producing, and performing for the rest of my life. I just want to be constantly creating, learning new things, and experimenting with different artistic mediums. I also hope to inspire young female musicians – the lack of acknowledgement of females in the music industry is pretty appalling, and I think it’s incredibly important to send a positive message in order to empower and encourage each other in such a tough industry.

Where can we hear more of your music?

Head to SAATSUMA’s SoundCloud page to hear our two singles ‘Storm’ and ‘Floating’. We’ve been writing a lot the past few weeks so there will be more trax for your ears very soon.

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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.

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