In conversation with Emanuel Satie
Emanuel Satie will play Extrema Outdoor 2019
He has a string of awesome hits under his belt. His rework of DJ Le Roi’s “I get deep” led him to the top of the Beatport Charts some time ago. Not standing still and releasing more fantastic work on labels like Knee Deep in Sound, Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical and many more he is becoming a phenomenon.
Soon he will be playing at the Belgian Extrema Festival, jam-packed with masters of electronic music, right up before papa Sven Väth. A well-deserved spot on this fabulous festival.
The Berlin-based DJ & producer gave us an insight into his history and we moved up until today with the great releases and gigs that are coming. Enjoy the read.
Emanuel Satie is playing B2B with Niels Feyen before Sven Väth at fantastic Extrema Outdoor in Belgium on June 7. Tickets are going fast!
Hey Emanuel, how are you doing these days?
Very well thank you. I’m just flying back home from a wonderful gig at Fabric in London, where I spontaneously got to play back to back with the legendary DJ Deeon. We played Ghetto House at 132 BPM straight for 1,5 hours, which is not something I usually do, which made it even more enjoyable.
We’ve noticed you are playing Extrema Outdoor in Belgium soon. An amazing festival in the middle of a green area surrounded by water. Right up before Sven Väth and playing back to back with Antwerp-based Niels Feijen. What can we expect?
Niels and I are friends for 3 years now. He was the first person to book me in Belgium. Last year we were both at Labyrinth Open Festival in Croatia and spontaneously ended up playing b2b on a boat. It was a very special energy that day, we hit it off very well and the promoters of Extrema Festival liked it so much they booked us for the festival this year and gave us this incredible slot. Obviously, we are going to play a different sound on a festival main stage than on the boat, but we’ll try to recreate the same kind of magic again.
How much are you looking forward to this?
Very much. Not only because I love the festival and I know many of my friends are going to be around, but especially because we are opening up before Sven Väth on the main stage. Coming from Frankfurt, he is one of my biggest inspirations in the game. I used to be an intern at Cocoon 10 years ago actually and also just signed my first EP to the label, so this is a proper full circle moment.
What else have you got planned for the summer?
A lot. Obviously, Ibiza is always a highlight in the summer. So far I’m playing Ants @ Ushuaia again, Cova Santa and Amnesia. Besides that, we have a couple of tours planned: South America, Australia, South East Asia and India and obviously loads in Europe.
Release-wise things seem to be well on the rails as well. Give us an insight into what we can expect from Emanuel Satie over the next few months. Especially after your “Queens” EP out on Knee Deep In Sound and your collab with Pete Tong?
Yes indeed, the start of the year saw quite a bit of new music. Next up is a remix of Jazz legend Billy Cobham on Rebirth. Last year I already made an original production with him called “Don’t Forget To Go Home“, which was quite successful. Now I’m honoured to remix one of his tracks.
After that I have two projects planned on Cocoon, can’t say more at this point, but I’m very excited about it. Last but not least, I will release a cheeky track called “Adidas Lines feat. Octobertwentyfirst” on my friends Mathias Kaden’s label next month.
What about your childhood was unique and most contributed to the artist you’ve become?
Like almost every artist I was surrounded by music a lot as a child. Played the Cello, Bass Guitar and had my first gig rapping when I was 13. My parents were both music lovers, my dad used to play the piano in the living room and my mom was a ballet dancer. A more unique influence from my childhood that made me the artist I am today is me being a semi-professional boxer until I was 20 or so. This is where I learnt discipline and pushing myself beyond my limits, which really helps as an artist.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up, and does it have any influence on your current sound? If not, what or who are your inspirations?
I mostly listened to my father’s record collection. I was always drawn to the Soul records, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross. I think me having a knack for organic sounds comes from that and also my love for melody, harmony and vocals. I always stay open to new influences however, lately, I like more atmospheric electronic music, hypnotic and trance-inducing, that’s something that totally new to my sound palette and purely a recent influence.
I think me having a knack for organic sounds comes from that and also my love for melody, harmony and vocals.
Tell us about how you ended up playing and producing electronic music to make people dance. Did you see this all coming?
To be honest yes, I saw it coming. I fell in love with DJing while I was studying. Studying always felt dreadful to me, I love learning, but I just felt that University didn’t lead me where I wanted to go in life, there was something missing. When I discovered DJing I felt such a strong passion for it, that I immediately decided that this is what I wanted to do and I immediately went to work and pretty much didn’t stop until I was on a level where I could earn my living from it.
Do you feel there was a “breakthrough” point after which suddenly things changed for the better and brought you to where you are now? If so, what was it and why do you think it happened?
There were many smaller breakthroughs, the biggest step happened after I went to #1 in the Beatport charts with my remix for “I Get Deep” and only a month later went to #2 with my track “Come As You Are”. All of a sudden loads of things started to happen, I won Best Producer at the DJ Ibiza Awards and had a busy tour schedule within the next year. I don’t like the concept of the one breakthrough though, it’s very important to constantly deliver. The artists work is never done.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town?
One I described earlier already, it’s my dad playing “Für Elise” on the piano and my mom dancing to it. I loved coming down the stairs to that and can still remember it vividly to this day. My favourite memory connected to dance music was going to this after party in Stuttgart called “Play” every weekend, completely sober, just to listen to Minimal Techno, which was huge at the time. I was very young and sober and the people there were either very high or the pimps, prostitutes and criminals of the city, so it always felt a bit threatening, but at the same time I couldn’t resist, I never sunk so deep into music as I did back then.
Thank you so much and hopefully see you on June 7 at Extrema Outdoor.