Satin Bailey describes herself as a singer-songwriter and vocalist with sensitive songwriting and warm emotive tones. Having heard her perform, I couldn’t put her music into words any better. Satin is an intriguing person and there’s a certain something about her that leaves you wondering.
Well, wonder no more. We caught up with Satin to talk about her passions, new business venture, and learn fun facts about her. Also check out our 100 Seconds with.. video with Satin below.
Photos by Alice Penney
You have a very earthy and natural vibe. Where do you find inspiration for your music?
In my personal life and experiences that happen to me. I find my music is my main way of helping myself process and overcome emotions that I maybe don’t understand. Music is what feelings sound like and I’ll put my emotion into sounds. If I do understand them, singing them is a good outlet for closure and further growth to move on and let go. Musicians are healers and I hope that I can pull people through their struggles too and help them to find peace or help them relate and feel they aren’t alone.
“Musicians are healers and I hope that I can pull people through their struggles”
Your song ‘Leanne’ was inspired by The Police’s ‘Roxanne’, what’s your version about?
My version addresses the original points of the song with the guy singing ‘I loved you since I knew ya’ to a woman who was selling herself for money. My version imagines these two finally uniting and Roxanne/Leanne doesn’t have to degrade herself to this, and only has one man who taught her self-respect and cares for her as she should be cared for.
You seemed to have a great connection with nature. How does it influence your music?
It influences it in so many ways. There is so much we can learn from the environment around us and the animals around us. We often hear a saying called a ‘sixth sense’. I believe in that Sixth Sense and we should all feel it. It’s to do with energy and I feel nature is home. It’s somewhere we used to live and where I can escape to to feel safe and cleansed. I love the look of forests and the look of natural environment and how it makes me feel. More often than not it helps more than human company. No influences or opinions, just you and your thoughts. You can feel what you truly feel inside.
“More often than not it [nature] helps more than human company.”
You’ve recently put together a band. What are your plans?
Our plans at the moment are rehearsals. We have a few songs finished now, so we’ve got more to work with and then we will be opening out into the local music scene in Southampton. We are having a photo shoot soon and we are discussing all our arty bits of the band. We are getting this all together before releasing it all with you. We will be creating an single and recording our album this summer. We are super very excited to share this with you!
You have a new music business venture going for you as well, Silk Music. How did that come about?
Silk Music is my business that I will properly delve into when I’ve finished my third year of uni as I want to focus on getting a good degree. I don’t want to be juggling too much. It’s a sync music company run by myself. I’ll be writing bespoke music to brief for businesses and clients for their media and adverts.
Who are some of your favourite new acts?
I am loving Wild Front’s material at the moment. I have a wide range of music genres I listen to, it could be acoustic, dubstep, metal or reggae. I must admit I do crank some Tom Zanetti house music in the car when I’m excited and happy! Aurora is just fabulous. A friend showed me Maggie Rogers recently so I’m just starting to delve into her material, although I’m not sure how new she is as an artist?
I love all of the music from the Talking Heads staff. Most of us are musicians and I support their music very much. These are Tenderlore, Kitty O’Neal, Stanlaey, Meg Parkinson, A Formal Horse, Cat Eliza T, Lizzy Bennie and The Sea Slugs. They’re all genuinely talented and are wonderful people too.
“I must admit I do crank some Tom Zanetti house music in the car when I’m excited and happy!”
What was the first show you went to?
I couldn’t remember. My dad used to carry me around the sound checks he used to do for his shows on ‘Doug’s Club Night’ in Gloucester. He said I used to fall asleep in my pram when there were bands playing. Bands like Orphic Soup, Monorail, Space Monkeys, Spacemaid, Imogen Heap, Selector, Captain Sensible and Wireless.
However, I do remember seeing Busted at Broadlands. I loved Busted, I used to sing along with the lyric book inside the CD case as soon as I got home every day. My sister and dad used to play me music from The Pretenders, The Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, Lenny Kravitz, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and lots of others. It’s safe to say I had a good range of music to listen to. I’d even listen and eventually fall asleep to Classical music on the radio.
“I loved Busted, I used to sing along with the lyric book inside the CD case as soon as I got home every day.”
What are some other things beside music you’re passionate about?
I am passionate about animals very much. I feel there is a lot of injustice for them in this world, so my dietary choice is to be vegan. I can’t morally take part in the actions that go on and I certainly won’t fund that. The typical vegan stereotype is silly and it’s a shame, but I find that it’s fizzling out now that people are realising more and more about where there food is coming from and how it’s made. I could say much more, but I will keep it to that, for now, haha! I find it a shame definitely. They are so innocent and kind.
I’m also very passionate about respect for women. Having lived in the city and worked behind a bar, there are some things men think they can say to women that are very disrespectful or rude and I’d love to see this change. There is a way of complimenting a woman without commenting on their features or degrading them. I’d like to see more men sticking up for women instead of ignoring it because ‘it’s just men being men’. That is so outdated to use as a comment now! I guess I’m very old-fashioned in my thinking, but it’s definitely more respectful.