Beats Antique is renowned for their high-energy and spectacular performances. The trio is comprised of David Satori, Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel and the majestic Zoe Jakes. The band fuses together a wide array of music styles including electronica, afro-beat, jazz, hip-hop and Middle Eastern belly dance music. Their performances always spotlight Zoe’s 10+ years of belly dancing experience, as well as their undeniable percussion skills. Since their formation in 2007, the group has released nearly 10 albums, the most recent of which is titled A Thousand Faces: Act II. Without a doubt Beats Antique brings one of the most unique acts that is unparalleled by their contemporaries. Undrgrnd Sound was given the wonderful opportunity to chat with David Satori during Euphoria Music Festival.
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
Undrgrnd Sound: Hi, we are here with Dave of Beats Antique. What expectations did you have for your set tonight?
Expectations? None! If you have expectations, you’re doomed for failure.
Did you do any special prep for this fest in particular?
Yea! We put together a set that features a lot of our older stuff and tracks from our new album called A Thousand Faces- Act II. So, we tried to mix it up a bit.
Please describe your sound in 10 words or less…GO!
We like to go crazy (a lot)
So, what made you guys want to bring electronica and world music together?
Just money! We’re doing it because the mafia told us “we need more world music!” But, in all seriousness, we just love music from everywhere: Africa, the Middle East, every continent. There is no part of the world we will exclude. We just like a lot of flavors and cultures.
How did you all meet?
We met because we owed a lot of money to the mafia. They told us if we didn’t get together and play great music, we’re going to kill you.
What goals do you have for 2014?
Well, I play soccer often so if I can score one goal against my buddies in the Bay, then I’m doing well. We just want to keep doing what we’re doing and making art, having fun with our fans. We’re about to go on a huge tour in the fall, which will be a little different. We also want to go all over the world with our music and spread it to as many listeners as possible!
What is an average day in the studio like, since it’s a group dynamic?
A lot of back and forth, a lot of caffeine and a lot of breaks! We’ve orchestrated it- it’s like a dance. Tommy takes control of the keyboard, I’ll control the mouse and we’ll go back and forth. Then Zoe will come in and say “I don’t like that” and we’re just like “fuck! We have to do it all over again.” We’ve learned to dance together. Every day is like a caffeinated ballroom dance!
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