Artist Of The Week // THE SATELLITE STATION
Guided by his own life experiences and the profound accompanying emotions, The Satellite Station creates music that will stir and rouse your innermost feelings.
All of us experience the highs and lows of life, and part of it is learning how to embrace events as they are and learning from them. It’s a unique type of learning that we all undergo, and the wisdom we obtain cannot always be so easily shared but The Satellite Station has managed to encapsulate his own journey into profound lyricism and an equally impactful sound. As a musical vessel for his self-expression and discovery, The Satellite Station is the outward-facing facade of musician Travis Rue’s navigation of existential topics and the warm folk-sound beckons us listeners to follow along and maybe pick up a few tips that we can incorporate into our perspectives.
His newest single Only Human strips the message back to the core, as it addresses the challenges that come with simply being human. It embraces life in all of its messiness and imperfections, acknowledging that things will go wrong and that mistakes will be made but they will ultimately resolve. The empowering accompaniment pairs with freeing lyrics to offer a release from self-imposed constraints, and grants you permission to continue bumbling through as you are.
Feeling relieved by the track, we caught up with Travis to speak a bit more about his own experiences and what he appreciates most about our human experience.
What’s a motto you live by?
I don’t have a single motto that I live by, but there is a quote from a book called “The Art of Racing in The Rain” that I really like. The quote is “The car goes where the eyes go.” The idea is that your life goes wherever your focus is. It’s a reminder to focus on the most important things.
If you could set Only Human to a TV show or movie, what would it be the soundtrack for?
I think Only Human would have fit well into the soundtrack for ‘Garden State’. Not only does it already have an incredible soundtrack, but the story of the song and the story of the movie line up well.
If your sound had a colour, what colour would it be?
I picture the color of my sound to be a dark gray/green color like the colour of a rainy day because most of my songs have a melancholic feel.
What’s the most unique thing about being human?
I think as humans we tend to always be looking somewhere other than today. We spend a lot of time looking and planning for the future and maybe an equal amount of time looking back at the past. We struggle with today.
What helps you get through the times when simply being human feels hard?
Writing songs is an incredible outlet. While my songs are in no way a diary or completely autobiographical, having a creative outlet is very helpful.
What’s been the happiest mistake you’ve made?
One mistake I made that led to a great situation was believing I could self-produce my own music. I went down this rabbit hole of education that led me to listening to hours of podcasts. One of these podcasts was called “Recording Studio Rockstars.” As I was listening through episodes, I found one featuring a producer named Michael Estok. I really liked his approach to music production, we ended up having a meeting and really hitting it off. We have since worked together on almost 30 songs and he is a big influence in the building The Satellite Station sound.
If you could encapsulate your experience of being human in one sentence, what would you say?
Some people change the world and others come and go and are forgotten, I hope to leave something behind to be found.
And finally, slightly cliché, but what does music mean to you?
Music is the soundtrack that we surround ourselves with. It mirrors our moods and triggers our memories. The best songs take listeners to new places and tell stories that reflect their own experiences back to them… making them feel a part of something bigger. I don’t know anything else that has that kind of magic.