Los Angeles alternative-pop band, Saticöy, is made up of Derek Long (vocals/guitar), Jaron Takach (drums/production) and Jonathan Averbook (bass). They triumph over tragedy on their new single, ‘Nice to Know’ - we found out why.
Our goal is to invoke nostalgia in a modern package.
First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you teaming up as Saticöy?
We came from all parts of Ohio (cleveland, cincinnati, toledo, Columbus) and met at Ohio university where we played in a rock band together. Soon after graduation, we moved out to Los Angeles one at a time to follow our passion. After multiple side jobs and playing as hired guns for a while, we quickly realized the lack of freedom we had and decided to form a new band. Saticöy.
Who do your take inspiration from?
Our influences are constantly fluctuating for us, but the most notable influences for this EP would be Anderson .Paak, Tame Impala, Kaytranada, Kanye West and really just a culmination of genres and artists that we each grew up listening to
Why the name ‘Saticöy’?
When we were still playing as hired guns, one of the band managers we worked with had interest in splitting our own rehearsal space. This was very exciting for us, as renting spaces by the hour can get really expensive, especially on a musicians pay. It ended up the manager missed countless monthly payments and owed money. After a number of arguments and quite a bit of frustration, we decided to stop playing for him and keep the studio for ourselves.
Money issues aside, we didn’t feel any passion playing FOR other artists. We wanted to write our own material. So we fixed up the studio to make it look and feel amazing. In return, it became our home and the birth of Saticöy. The umlaut over the Ö is a way for us to brand ourselves and also I think it looks cool.
How would you describe your musical style?
Our goal with Saticöy is to invoke nostalgia in a modern package. We’d describe our sound as alt-pop with a taste of soul. Pocketed, tasty beats with catchy guitar riffs, deep bass grooves, and relatable lyrics.
If you could collaborate with any living artist or band, who would you choose?
Lately we’ve been all been on hooked on Still Woozy. His guitar tones and production style are really unique and interesting, we’d love to collab with him. On a larger scale, it would be amazing to have an Anderson .Paak collab. He and the free nationals achieve an incredibly musical sound, but still maintain a sound with mainstream appeal. Awesome stuff.
Tell us about your new single ‘Nice to Know’, what’s it about? What are its themes?
Nice to Know is about the cycle of grief I experienced after the death of my father in 2007. Grief triggers a really complicated series of emotions. I wanted to share my personal experience in a way that really put the listener right there with me. Some of it is heartbreaking, but overall I find it motivating. It recognises tragedy and grief, but doesn’t let it take control.
I came out the other side of my grief stronger, and with a fortified my will to carry on my fathers legacy. Ideally, it’s just personal enough for people to really feel connected to those complicated emotions, but not so much that they can’t relate with their own personal experiences with grief.
When did you write ‘Nice to Know’, and where did you record it?
‘Nice to Know’ started when Jaron sampled an old recording he made with his high school band. The result was this really nostalgic vibe. Nostalgia is powerful, we all like to reminisce. With that in mind we wanted to nurture that, while still maintaining a fresh, modern production. We tracked and wrote everything in our apartment in North Hollywood.
How does ‘Nice to Know’ represent your style?
Nostalgia in a sleek, modern package. That’s what we want to achieve with Saticöy, and we feel like we’re getting better at it with each song
What are your hopes for ‘Nice to Know’?
I hope that it brings people who’ve gone through something similar a bit of comfort. One of those complicated emotions I mentioned earlier is an intense loneliness. I want people to listen to Nice to Know and feel seen.
What other plans do you have for the year?
In the short term, we have a show at the Troubadour on August 3rd, which is a very exciting gig for us. Shortly after we’ll release the last song on this project, and celebrate it at the Hotel café alongside our good friend and frequent collaborator Effie Passero. That show is on August 25th
More importantly, we’re coming up on a period of relative free time, so I’m excited to get to work on more Saticöy material. We’ve only been doing a lot of work for hire gigs, honing our writing and production skills in the process, so I’m excited to see what this new energy brings when we get back to writing our own material.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Work harder. Practice more. When you work harder, and really improve every day, it makes everything else in life a bit more precious.
Listen to ‘Nice to Know’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to the Saticöy Facebook page.