Toronto vocalist & songwriter SATE leads a dynamic band that combines blistering-hard rock with gritty funk. We love the empowering messages embedded in her music, and her soul-shaking live show is something you gotta see. 

She just released a gritty new punk-blues track, “Dirty Little Lie,” check it:

We chatted with her this week. 

SDTC: When and where do you feel most content/at ease?

SATE: Onstage.

What food/dish always satisfies you?

Avocado, period.

What film/show has recently wowed you?

The Shape Of Water.

What’s on your current reading list?

The Way of Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Children Of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism by Angela Davis, Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

Who/what has influenced your music the most?

My mother.

What is your mantra these days?

I trust my intuition,
I know what I know,
And should I second guess this truth,
I shall repeat til it takes root.

What Toronto places do you truly love?

The ones with tasty food.

What exhibit/museum/sight are you dying to see?

Femme Noires by Mickalene Thomas at the AGO.

Your go-to coping mechanism/self-care?

Working out, moving my body.

What five things would you want if you were deserted on an island?

Music, my Majick Box, my Journal, Abundance of Food (Vegan), Hubby.

What’s a childhood memory that always brings a smile to your face?

Watching movies on my wall with my Fisher-Price movie projector.

What life philosophy is currently helping to guide your journey?

Life is a constant process of dying.

One skill you’d love to learn/nurture/improve this year?

I’d like to nurture and improve my speaking and reading French.

What’s a piece of career advice that has served you well?

Don’t give up.

What outfit makes you feel the most you?

Anything that’s black and sexy.

What toy/book have you held onto since you were small?

My teddy bear named Catherine.

What’s a subject that is currently holding your attention? An issue that you’re focused on?

Tarot and fitness. Justice.

When you compare yourself now to where you were at ten years ago, what’s a major change you can identify?

I am more grounded in who I am and who I choose to share my energy with.

Goal(s) for 2019?

I want to be able to do a pistol squat.
I want to get 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
I want to collage more.
I want to do more tarot readings for people outside of my circle.
I want to read more books.