Whoa! Finally go to our 10th blog… It has only taken us 16 months to get here.
We continue to juggle our activities, between composing, recording and playing some gigs.
We’re off to The Mount for a function to help our mates open their local radio station. Pretty cool, aye? Follow us on our social media platforms to keep up...
Next week we’ll be back to our Clubhouse in Devonport. We hope to see you all there!
In the meantime, you can check a little tease from our performance at Okere Falls’ strong beer festival with our Special guest MC Sweaty Brix...
Tap out.. Mani
LOG ENTRY #9 – 19 June 2017
A couple of videos we posted in the cyberspace:
LOG ENTRY #8 – 15 March 2017
“Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.”
We are all getting a bit Irish this Friday!
That’s right. Soul Satellites will bring the music to the best Clubhouse in Devonport. Tiny Triumphs will once again host us this Friday.
As usual we will be playing some original songs mixed with some mash ups and covers ranging from Reggae, Soul, Roots, Rock, Latin and hip hop flavours with special guest MC Sweaty Brix.
“May the best day of your past
Be the worst day of your future.”
See you there with your lucky charms.
LOG ENTRY #7 – 23 February 2017
It has been a while since we updated this blog so I guess we owe you a Merry Christmas, happy new year, Happy Chinese New Year, Hanukah etc.
Truth is we have been busy but also very slack.
Since our return from Brazil we have been back at the Dragon Room, creating more music and playing some gigs in our usual spots, Tiny Triumphs, Brazilian Day Festival and found ourselves new hot spots to showcase our music: Shakespeare pub and Okere Falls Oktoberfest (Rotorua), Habana Joe’s and Glos festival.
We are now venturing out and recording at Revolver Studios, currently putting down some tracks to be released in later in the year, which promises to be a busy one for the Soul brothers. This place has a great vibe and offer a huge variety of much pre-loved recording gear which will bring out the best of our sound.
In the live front, we will be playing a gig at Ponsonby Social Club on the 02 March from 09 till late.
Stay tuned for some exciting news in the next few weeks.
BLOG ENTRY #6 – 23 AUGUST 2016
Soul Satellites' perfect landing.
Good Day. It is with great joy and a huge sense of gratitude that we are sending our first flight travel blog to you. All the way from São Paulo, Brazil.
After many months of dedication, preparation and planning to get here…Here we are. It does seem that it was not long ago when everything started as a very spontaneous way, when Andy jokingly and with a hint of self-challenge asked: "And if we take our music to Brazil" I remember like it was yesterday ... "Man, I think the reaction would be very good, but how do we do? "I wondered.
The whole process was complex and there were many tasks for everyone. When a band is self-managed and self-financed (no manager or investors “financial back up”), everyone has to be a jack of all trades. As I am the only Brazilian in the band, I was in charge of organizing the shows in Brazil. It was a very tricky task because in order to get in touch with the right people you need to be referred which means we are still tying a few knots… trying to get more gigs…
The first show was on 19 August in Vila Mariana in São Paulo, opening act for Tianastácia band. The only challenge was that our flight arrived in Guarulhos at 20:35 and the pub opened at 23:00. If anything at all went wrong t would trigger a catastrophic chain reaction ... Thank God (Buddha, Allah or by “Chance” if you prefer) everything worked out: the flight arrived on time, we didn’t lose lost any luggage, we had a warm welcome by family and friends and traffic in Sampa was quiet (WHAT!!!??) ... Clockwork precision!
The show itself was a great success. We played a set of 50 minutes for more than 200 people mixing our original songs some covers so the crowed could connect with the performance and sing and dance. The feedback was filled with affection and warmth Brazilian people are renowned for.
We are very fortunate to have great support from back home from kiwis and also the Brazilian community in New Zealand who always come to our shows, share our work around and really participate in this project. It is this support that gives us strength and encouragement to continue this journey turning our dreams into reality. Thank you so much!
The next show will be today, 23 August at the pub kiwi Kia Ora and a lot of paulistas who have lived in NZ, kiwis who live here, friends and family confirmed presence... The night promises ... will send more news soon.
BLOG ENTRY #5 – 06 AUGUST 2016
EXCITING TIMES AHEAD!!!
THE COUNTDOWN IS NOW DOWN TO 1 WEEK AND 6 DAYS! I’M PINCHING MYSELF.
TODAY I HAD A DAY OFF SOUL SATELLITES (WELL, SORT OF) AND I WAS WATCHING THE RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES OPENING CEREMONY AND THE PIN JUST DROPPED… WE’LL BE THERE IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS… AND THEN I REMEMBERED THAT I HAVEN’T BEEN TO RIO IN 1O YEARS (OMG!)…
A RUSH OF BLOOD WENT THROUGH MY HEAD AS I START TO REMEMBER THE DAYS ANDY AND I HAD THIS CRAZY IDEA OF TAKING OUR MUSIC TO BRAZIL AND DECIDED TO BUY SOME AIR TICKETS ON SPECIAL DEAL TO GET THERE AND PLAN THE REST AS WE GO AND NOW HERE WE ARE…
WE GET TO SAO PAULO ON THE 19 AUGUST AT 20:30 AND HAVE A GIG ON THE SAME NIGHT… (WHAT?!!!)
ANOTHER GIG BOOKED AT A KIWI PUB IN BRAZIL… OTHER SHOWS STARTING TO LINE UP AS WELL IN FLORIPA, RIO AND BELO HORIZONTE...
WE HAD A GREAT TIME AT OUR FAREWELL PARTY ROAD TO RIO LAST WEEK AND WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT CAME ALONG.
OUR FRIENDS AT TINY TRIUMPHS INVITED US TO HAVE ONE LAST BLAST BEFORE TAKE OFF SO WE ARE EXTENDING THEIR HOSPITALITY TO OUR FRIENDS.
COME AROUND TO 5 CLARENCE STREET, DEVONPORT 9 pm AND WISH US A GOOD KAKITE.
BLOG ENTRY #4 – 15 JULY 2016
THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES!!!
5 WEEKS NOW AND STILL MANY DETAILS TO TAKE CARE OF. WE ARE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THE WHOLE THING, BUT WE HAD TO PUT A FEW THINGS oN HOLD SO WE CAN FINISH RECORDING ANOTHER FANTASTIC SONG.
WINTER HASN’T BEEN TOO BAD AS FAR AS LOW TEMPERATURE GOES, BUT WE DEFINITELY MISS SUMMER SO WE CAME UP WITH ANOTHER SUMMER VIBE TUNE FOR WHEN THE WEATHER IMPROVES WE CAN ENJOY IT WHILE HAVING A BARBECUE OR BY THE BONFIRE AT THE BEACH BY SUNSET.
WE ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INVITE EVERYONE TO OUR FAREWELL PARTY BEFORE OUR ROAD TO RIO AND BEYOND, TOUR OF BRAZIL ON THE 30 JULY AT ELLICE ROAD LOUNGE, 57 ALBERT ST. FROM 9 PM.
OUR GOOD FRIEND AND AWESOME DJ LUCAS DATT WILL BE PROVIDING SOME OF HIS GREATEST MUSIC AND WE WILL BE PLAYING OUR LONGEST SETS EVER. WE NEED TO BE VERY SHARP AND ON FORM FOR THE TOUR SO WE HAVE BEEN JAMMING OUT ALL OF OUR SONGS.
DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO WITNESS THIS EPIC MOMENT… IT WILL BE RAD.
SEE YOU SOON CHAMPS
BLOG ENTRY #2 – 17 JUNE 2016
IT TOOK A WHILE TO POST OUR SECOND BLOG... NOT FOR THE LACK OF NEWS, EXCITEMENT OR EFFORT. JUST TIME...
WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING HEAPS OF TIME STUCK IN REHEARSAL FOR OUR NEXT GIG AS THE OPENING ACT FOR THE LEGENDARY TIKI TAANE. THE SET LIST SOUNDS GREAT AND WE ARE STOKED TO BE ABLE TO SHOW OUR NEW SONGS AND KEEP IMPROVING ON OUR LIVE SHOW. WE NEED TO BE SHARP AND READY TO HIT THE ROAD IN BRAZIL IN JUST 9 WEEKS’ TIME.
WOW. I REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN WE WERE COUNTING MONTHS AND NOW WE ARE DOWN TO WEEKS, SOON IT WILL BE DAYS… EXCITING TIMES BUT ALSO CHALLENGING WHEN THE WHOLE PROJECT IS SEL-MANAGED AND SELF-FUNDED. COMMUNICATION WITH BRAZIL HAS BEEN RATHER DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT TIME ZONES AS WE ARE 15 HOURS AHEAD; WHEN WE WAKE UP THEY ARE HAVING DINNER... WHEN WE GO THE BED THEY ARE JUST WAKING UP… ALSO BRAZILIAN TIME SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE BIT DELAYED COMPARED TO MY EXPECTATIONS. AS THE INDIAN PROVERB SAYS: 'EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT IN THE END. IF IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT, IT IS NOT YET THE END”. SOME SAY IT WAS JOHN LENNON WHO COINED THIS SENTENCE. I AM SURE HE SAID IT TOO.
IN THE NEXT 2 MONTHS WE NEED TO FINALIZE OUR SHOWS IN SÃO PAULO, FLORIANÓPOLIS AND SURROUNDINGS, RIO DE JANEIRO AND NOW WE JUST SCORED A NEW DESTINATION; BRAZIL’S 3RD BIGGEST CITY, BELO HORIZONTE. SO AT THIS STAGE WE PLAN TO COVER OVER 3.000 KMS BY COACH, CAR, PLANE AND FERRIES…
ON TOP OF THAT WE HAVE TO TRANSLATE A COUPLE OF SONGS WE WROTE IN PORTUGUESE TO ENGLISH, BUT WE ARE UNSURE OF WHICH ONE WE WILL DO NEXT, SO WE ARE ASKING YOUR HELP. CLICK ON THE LINK TO OUR SOUNDCLOUD PAGE, LISTEN TO A SHORT SNIP FOR MANIVELA AND ESTRELAS AND LET US KNOW YOUR FAVOURITE ONE ON A COMMENT BELLOW.
WE CREATED A POLL ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND A COUPLE OF SHORT SNIPPETS OF BOTH SONGS ON SOUDCLOUD PAGE.
HAVE A LISTEN AND LET US KNOW IF YOU PREFER MANIVELA OF ESTRELAS. IT’S UP TO YOU
THANKS IN ADVANCE
BLOG ENTRY #1 - 29 MAY 2016
SO HERE WE ARE... THERE'S NO BETTER TIME TO START WRITING A BLOG THEN RIGHT NOW. SO THEY SAY...
WE AIM TO GET A GREAT BLOG GOING ON WHILE WE ARE IN BRAZIL DURING OUR BRAZIL TOUR FROM THE 19 AUGUST TO THE 11 SEPTEMBER. WE DECIDED TO START THIS SIDE PROJECT NOW TO GIVE US TIME AND A CHANCE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO IT, CRAFTING THIS ART AND SKILL SO WHEN WE FINALLY GET GOOD MATERIAL IN OUR ADVENTURES OVERSEAS WE CAN COME UP WITH GREAT ARTICLES.
I AM SURE WE WILL ALSO HAVE SOME INTERESTING STUFF TO GO OVER THE NEXT TWO AND SHARE IT WITH YOU. ALL THE PLANNING, PREPARATION AND EXECUTION OF THIS RATHER AMBITIOUS PROJECT FROM US 4. STAY TUNED...
AFTER MANY MONTHS STUCK IN THE DRAGON ROOM AND BOATSHED STUDIOS RECORDING OUR SONGS, WE FINALLY CAME OUT OF THE DUNGEONS AND PLAYED A SHORT SET ON A GIG LAST SATURDAY (28 MAY). WE TEAMED UP WITH OUR FRIENDS BRAZAJAM FOR A WARM UP PARTY AT THE EDINBURGH CASTLE BEFORE O RAPPA'S GIG AT THE POWERSTATION.
DESPITE THE FACT WE HAVEN’T PERFORMED SINCE JANUARY, WE PLAYED A GREAT SET GIVING THE CROWD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY OUR NEW SONGS (AND SOME OF THE OLD ONES TOO). THE NIGHT FINISHED OFF WITH A JAM/MEDLEY WITH BRAZAJAM AS WE ALL GOT READY AND EXCITED TO SEE BRAZIL’S MUSICAL LEGENDS IN ACTION JUST DOWN THE ROAD. WHAT A NIGHT!
WE’LL BE BACK IN THE STUDIO THIS WEEK AND WE NEED TO ASK OUR FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS TO HELPS US DECIDE WHAT STEPS WE SHOULD TAKE NEXT. THAT’S RIGHT.... WE NEED YOUR OPINION... IT'S POLL TIME...
EXCITING TIMES AHEAD. COPY? ROGER THAT... OVER