From his first performance at The Summit in 2014 to creating beats live at Comfest this summer, Satele has come a long way in just two years.
Unlike many producers, Satele did not create music with the intentions of becoming an artist. His talents are what brought him to the forefront.
“I always loved music and I can remember listening to the radio thinking that I could one day make beats like the ones I heard,” Satele said.
Since making his first beat on free loops, Satele’s style has evolved from bouncy Soulja Boy-esque beats to a style he describes as “R&B and House infused” with “electric currents.” He chuckles while discussing his musical beginnings.
“Sometimes I listen to my old Soundclick beats and think, ‘what the hell was I thinking?’ ” Satele said.
Making it clear that he doesn’t prefer to set plans when it comes to his career; Satele literally creates music out of pure vibes and vision.
“I never really have a clear direction in what I’m going to make,” Satele said, “I just try not to think too much into it. I know it sounds weird, but I just really go off the vibes I’m feeling.”
While many artists and producers work to simply have their music heard, Satele worked to be alongside the movers and shakers in the city.
“I would definitely say that building organic relationships with people is how I established myself in Columbus,” Satele said,” I was looking to find people who were doing things that I wanted to do.”
That effort paid off. Through word of mouth and following his mentor’s lead, Satele signed a label deal with Polar Entertainment.
Being the only artist doing live beats, his performance at Comfest this summer proved that stepping outside of his comfort zone definitely works out in his favor.
“I didn’t realize I had that much support here in the city,” Satele said, “I learned that if I keep putting myself on these platforms I can be exposed to different artists and different genres of music.”
With future plans of touring and focusing on music full time, Satele ultimately allows God to direct his path.
“I just allow God to point me in the right direction,” Satele said, “The ultimate goal is to be involved in as many things as I can.”
The producer’s advice to those wanting to get their name out there is simple. Find like-minded people and put in the work.
“It’s important to just put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to try something new,” Satele said, “build relationships with people that are doing something you like; don’t be afraid to talk to anybody.”
As far as the confusion of whether to refer to him as a producer or an artist, Satele proves that the two can be used interchangeably.
“Music producers are artists too. We create to be heard. Literally.”
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