With art-rock sounds, SATURN, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. SATURN will perform at the Red Brick Bar on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 5:30 pm. Here are ten questions to get to know them.
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
SATURN – We normally pitch ourselves as some kind of “art-rock,” whatever that means. On our records, we intentionally try to cover a lot of stylistic ground, running through everything from intense post-rock to piano-oriented pop to prog-rock to electronic stuff. Our live shows tend to be pretty guitar-driven and energetic, though, and that’s definitely the kind of show we’re planning for NMF.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
SATURN – This was a difficult choice, but we settled on “Main Street,” from our second album “A Long Discussion.” It sums up a lot of ideas and influences we’re shooting for while still being pretty straightforward and simple.
3. What’s your song writing process?
SATURN – Most of our songs begin as either some random riff or melody that one of us stumbles upon, or as something that we land on accidentally while we’re jamming or messing around at practice. Once that early idea is established, it’s just about trusting your instincts and trusting whatever direction it sends us in. Then it’s just about doing whatever is best for what the song wants to be, even if it’s something we wouldn’t expect ourselves to do.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
SATURN – As a primarily Norman-based band for the past number of years, it’s the biggest, craziest event there is! It gets bigger and better every year, and this year is especially huge. The people that run the festival care so deeply about the creative scene in Oklahoma, and we know they put everything they have into helping that scene develop all year long, every year. NMF put the city, and really the whole state, on the map in a way that proves that OK is a cultural powerhouse. Plus, it’s just so great to see our friends climbing higher on the line-up every year!
5. In general, what inspires you?
SATURN – Art that takes real risks. That simple. Anyone that pushes themselves and their own audience out of whatever comfort zones is an inspiration to us. We have a tendency to really connect with and fall in love with art that really challenges its audience.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
SATURN – A tour of the Solar System. Or maybe Iceland.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
SATURN – We all grew up in Moore, so Norman is our second home. So we’ll probably just load up on all the good food that we can’t get up the street in Moore.
8. What else you want the public to know about you?
SATURN – Just check out our official site at SATURNSITE.COM and follow us on social media and all that. Other than that, we’d want people to know about our incredible friends that have worked with us and helped us so much. Steve Boaz, the owner of Breathing Rhythm Studio in Norman, is one of our oldest and best friends, and he’s helped this band in ways that we can never repay. Local artist Maurice Perez is our other brother, and he’s provided us with the cover art for our last two releases. And Jarvix. He’s seriously the best resource a musician can have, and he is a treasure to this entire community.
9. What do you think should be the Eleventh Wonder of the World?
SATURN – Easy. Jon Hamm.
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
SATURN – This one comes from Brett: “I did Coachella three years in a row, 2010 – 2012. Each year was an unforgettable and life-changing experience. The most ‘extreme’ thing about it all was the heat. 110 every day in the sun. Also, the drive. I drove all the way there and back with friends every year. 20 hours BOTH WAYS! It was brutal, but totally worth it. The performances I saw out there, and the experiences I had, were beyond anything. Those memories are a huge inspiration in everything I do musically and artistically now, and I definitely see a lot of that same atmosphere and energy in NMF every year.”
The eleveth Norman Music Festival is on April 26, 27, and 28, 2018. Read more interviews from performers in the festival, present and past, here. To learn more about the festival, check out our NMF page.