Songs have been chosen. Day one of pre-production is underway. The journey of The Fool has officially begun. Welcome Warriors, to my new album entitled THE FOOL. I’ve been quiet, but furiously writing songs for this album. Over twenty songys later, we’ve chosen our top eight songs. Over these next few months, I’ll be in the studio recording the album, with the plan for something to share for Spring 2018! So, yeah! Merry ChristmaKwanzakah xx
Yes Warriors, it’s happening. The first of my Spotify playlists is up and running wild. It’s a black hole, that Spotify. I found my old favourites and some new shit that I just fell head over heels for. So that’s what this is. As I work through creating this new body of work, I’m looking to old and new music for inspiration and in turn, sharing what’s moving me to howl, growl and moan.
CLICK HERE: https://open.spotify.com/user/stateofsate/playlist/4U8iL4QeXY8osmIU7vIZyB
Follow me and Enjoy! More to come…
I used to write weekly. Scratch that. I actually write daily, every morning for the past 3 months straight. One day, I made that commitment to myself and I’m telling you, it’s saving a lot of lives, a lot of embarrassment (for me), and it’s hella enlightening (for me, again). I write about everything from whatever is on my mind, to my dreams, to where I’m at in the present moment — which may be me saying that I don’t want to be writing 3 fucking pages at 6:30 in the morning cause I’m fucking tired. But, I do. I open my book record what time it is in the morning (which is usually, as I said, around 6:30am, because as much as I like being a night owl, I really love waking up with or before the sun).
What’s the reason for all this? Years ago I read “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, I actually did it twice. For three months, I took myself on weekly artist play dates, declared my greatest dreams and worked through fiercest demons (or Crazymakers, as she calls them) that I’ve allowed to hold me back from fulfilling those dreams. But through doing this, both times, what really stuck with me were the ‘morning pages’. Morning pages are really hard at first because, three pages is a lot when there are times when you really don’t want to be there. It’s a commitment to keep writing from your source, your deepest truest place, not editing not going back to cross the t’s or dot the i’s, it’s not correcting grammar or spelling mistakes, it’s not coming out perfectly or neatly on the page, it’s just coming out. It’s three pages single spaced of what I like to call a morning purge or morning dump, because you just throw up on the page and let it flow. In these past months, it’s become my therapy, self-care session for myself with myself. It’s a place where I can be me, without trying to be anything else, I can also search for me. I can make choices and not have anyone judging me telling me that it’s wrong. I can talk myself off the ledge or push myself off the cliff. I can talk with my ancestors, the universe and the answers flow right through me. I can fall and the pages always catch me. I’m always reminded that whatever we need, we already have, and what better way to put that into motion but to trust myself, question and answer myself, dig deep and dump.
And yeah, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Cause what is perfect, but imperfection seen perfect in the eye of the beholder?
And so the journey begins…
Warriors, I’m super excited to announce that I’m doing this second album with my badass sisterfriend, Hill Kourkoutis (The Weeknd, Serena Ryder). Hill and I have worked together for years. She’s played keys with me, she and I have co-written together for her own project – Hill & The Sky Heroes – and we wrote ‘Know My Name’ together (from RedBlack&Blue).
So here we go! This month I’m in writing mode, writing with some incredible singer/songwriters. And I got a grant to focus on writing for the next few months from Ontario Arts Council. When all the writing’s done, then back into the studio to record this baby. I’ll be documenting my journey on Instagram and Facebook.
So (if you aren’t already) follow me there:
instagram @stateofsate | Facebook http://facebook.com/stateofSATE
peace, love, dirty rock & spirit guides,
One last time before the year is done, I am returning to my other love, France, with the added bonus — Corsica! I’m really looking forward to catching a little beach time…fingers crossed.
Then when I get home, it’s all about the new album. And Warriors, I’m super excited about what’s unfolding, so stay tuned to my Instagram and Facebook for the journey.
Until then, I’ll be debuting a brand new song that I just finished writing with Kirt Godwin (my guitarist) and electro-pop singer/songwriter, Adaline, in Paris.
I have so much more to share with you, I can hardly contain it!
peace, love, dirty rock & spirit guides, my fierce and beautiful Warriors!
Tune in JULY 8 3:30 PM BST for the SATE x OBGMS takeover on RINSE FM as part of the AFROPUNK LONDON special. Also featured, The Bots, Black Orchid, Petite Noir, and more!
RINSE FM http://www.rinse.fm
Me and the boys are headed back to Europe! We hit AFROPUNK Paris and London, plus PALEO Festival in Nyon, Switzerland and LOTT Festival in Raversbeuren, Germany, and more dates below…