THE BIRDHOUSE 169: Emanuel Satie Interview

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This week on THE BIRDHOUSE, I am happy to welcome Emanuel Satie to the show. Hot off a string of releases on Crosstown Rebels, Satie is a producer I have had my eye on recently. Hailing from Frankfurt, Germany, Emanuel’s career began to take hold after picking up a studio assistant job for DJ T. Since then, he has had multiple releases on prolific labels such as Get Physical, Defected, Gruuv and many more. The organic bass tones and tribal percussive rhythms of his productions continually set him apart from the mold. Check out Emanuel Satie’s guest mix below and read on for his BIRDHOUSE questionnaire.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

It picked up when I released my first EP on Get Physical called „Gold“ and became the studio assistant of DJ T., who became my mentor and taught me a lot.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?

I’m originally from Frankfurt/Germany and I’m definitely very much influenced by everything happening in the region, Cocoon, Sven Väth, Villalobos but also Minimal House from labels like Cécille and Oslo have major effects on my music.

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

Never ever. I love this too much.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

Early on I would say the Subboombass plug in from Rob Papen, this organic, percussive bass sound is still kind of a trademark of mine.

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

Musically I always loved artists that don’t pigeonhole themselves and are open to try new things and different genres, while still having their own unique sound. Butch comes to mind. Career wise, I love artists with longevity and without major compromises, that build something that’s bigger than themselves, as did Claude with Dirtybird or Sven with Cocoon.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

I eat, sleep and exercise well and speak to friends, who usually remind me to trust the process, be relaxed and get back to work. :)

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

In my bed or any hotel bed, when doesn’t matter.

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I used to be a boxer when I was a teenager, I had 20 fights and was a state champion. I turned all peaceful now though, at the moment I’m trying to learn a handstand and the piano.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

I love a bright brown. Me and pink will never be friends however.

Favorite and least favorite words?

I’m trying to curse less, I feel it doesn’t create a good atmosphere, on the other hand deep down I love it, so I’m gonna say „fucking“ is my favorite and least favorite word at the same time.

Favorite animal?

DOGS!!

Favorite board game?

Chess. It’s like producing music, especially remixes, creative problem solving.

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

I have a passion for good German food. Weisswurst Frühstück is probably the number one. It’s a white sausage, with sweet mustard and a brezel for breakfast, it’s mandatory to have a beer to it. Such an unhealthy start in the day, but so good!

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

Anything by Drake.

German or Detroit techno?

I love German Techno, but it all started in Detroit and I love the funk of the music from the motor city. Detroit wins.

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

All have their benefits, but if I have to choose I’m gonna say festival, if it’s outside. Nothing beats a rave on fresh air.

Biggie or Tupac?

Maaan, really? Don’t do this to me.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars! Star Trek was for the real space nerds, Star Wars was for part-time space nerds like me.

Exercise or Netflix?

First exercise then Netflix.