100% SAT­I­CA: the ris­ing singer dish­ing out truths

Get up close and personal with the Long Beach native as she drops her new EP dear April, ily.

For­mer K-pop song­writer turned R&B star­let, SAT­I­CA is a west coast musi­cian with strong roots in Cam­bo­di­an cul­ture. Using music to stitch togeth­er her fam­i­ly tapes­try, her songs are pep­pered with dreamy pop melodies and hip-hop beats that waver between the themes of fam­i­ly, vio­lence and longing. 

After releas­ing her debut EP Drip­pin’ back in 2017, the ris­ing singer is back with her new EP dear April, ily. As a daugh­ter of two Khmer Rouge geno­cide sur­vivors, the EP is an ode to her upbring­ing. The tracks exude raw emo­tion in what plays out as a cathar­tic release from the ten­sions she expe­ri­enced at home. Whether that be through pay­ing homage to her parent’s sac­ri­fice in Check$, or call­ing out society’s fucked up atti­tudes towards gun con­trol in Son of a Gun.

Lis­ten to the EP below before get­ting the 100% low-down on the up-and-com­ing songstress. 

10%: Where were you born, where were you raised and where are you now based?

I was born in Long Beach, I was raised in Long Beach and now I reside in LA, which is not too far from Long Beach.

20%: At what point did you realise you’d be able to do what you love for a living?

I don’t think I con­scious­ly made a choice. I want­ed to do it for a real­ly long time, kept doing it, fig­ured that I invest­ed too much time and effort to not con­tin­ue to do it, and just kept it moving. 

30%: What’s a piece of advice that changed your life?

Fake it till you make it.

40%: What kind of emo­tions and expe­ri­ences influ­ence your work?

Def­i­nite­ly all of the fam­i­ly relat­ed stuff. Any­thing that has to do with peo­ple that mat­ter to me and how they affect me, that will always trans­late into my music. Whether it’s love trau­ma, music is my biggest outlet.

50%: What can you tell us about your next EP, out today? 

It’s more raw, hon­est and emo­tion­al than any of my past pieces of work. Again it was com­ing from a place of neces­si­ty rather than, Oh I wan­na make a song!’ It was like I need to write this because oth­er­wise I will go crazy. This is my soul in music, lyrics and melody. 

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60%: Break down your typ­i­cal day at work…

I go in, depends on who I work with. If I’m writ­ing for myself I go in and bounce off ideas – things that I’ve been lis­ten­ing to and things I’ve been going through. I try to have an open mind for what sort of sound­scapes, because as an artist I under­stand what it’s like to be con­fined and I wouldn’t want to do that with my col­lab­o­ra­tors as well. It’s just find­ing new sounds, inter­est­ing chords – just any­thing that will make the sound unique. I know it’s been a good day I have a song that I real­ly enjoy and lis­ten to over and over again in the car home. 

70%: What can artists do to help save the world?

Use their voice as much as they can. Being as out­spo­ken as you can. Use your art to say things that mat­ter to you.

80%: Love, like, hate?

Love eat­ing ice cream, like flow­ers, hate rude people.

90%: Describe your sev­en min­utes in heaven…

Beau­ti­ful nois­es, lots of pup­pies and an unlim­it­ed amount of all my favourite food with all my friends and family. 

100%: What’s your no.1 hol­i­day destination?

Bora Bora.


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