This interview was conducted via email
January 7 – 20, 2014.
Dave: How did the band get together?
Brady Fieldcamp: Well, I had been in and out of bands for a long time through high school and after, and eventually Brett started joining those bands, which gave us a chance to see how we could write and play together.
Brett Fieldcamp: Once the last of our other bands fell through, Brady and I decided to just start something up ourselves, so I called Jesse, who I’d played with for a long time in my first band, and he was up for it, so we all got together and gave it a shot. I specifically remember Jesse on the phone saying “that sounds like a good opportunity.”
Jesse York: I always kinda knew that I’d end up playing with Brett again, even after our first band broke up, and even back then, I was so impressed with Brady’s playing and had always joked that we needed him as our drummer.
Brett: It wasn’t until much later on, after our first album was released, that we reconnected with Maurice Perez, who we’d known from high school, and when we brought him in to collaborate, we were finally able to start approaching a lot of the live visual and artistic ideas we’d had.
Dave: What’s the story behind the name Saturn?
Brett: There’s a lot of really personal relevance and reasoning behind why we chose the name Saturn, but without going too deeply into all of that, we’ll say that it comes from a place of recognizing that the name Saturn has had this pretty huge significance in loads of ways across so many different cultures and eras and philosophies. Obviously the Roman mythology, where Saturn was the father of the Gods, has a lot to do with it, but also the planet, of course, and its symbolism in both science and occultism. It’s all combined, really, and is wrapped up with a bunch of personal significance, too. We’re actually still always finding and realizing new ways the name applies. We usually just tell people we’re named after the car company or the old professional wrestler, though.
Dave: For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?
Brady: I usually tell people that we just want to be Pink Floyd.
Jesse: God, it took forever.
Brady: Yeah, it took us five years, and even though it was stressful it was kind of nice to let the album have time to breathe. We weren’t trying to get it out quickly so we could reflect and mold it into the best version of it.
Brett: The title actually came up really naturally and early on, but ended up being pretty appropriate with how long it all took.
Dave: Do you have any plans to tour in support of the record?
Brett: Definitely. Right now we’re looking at identifying some cities around the country that would be really receptive to what we do, and then we plan to make the rounds through those places and try to establish ourselves in their scenes. Most of what we’re looking at is actually along the east coast. We’re also looking into booking some stuff around the Norman Music Festival and hopefully South By Southwest, as well.
Dave: Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?
Dave: What are your thoughts on the music scene in
Dave: This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?
Saturn: We thought it might be cool to try something a bit different with this one. We all got together and decided on five bands that are the most influential and important to us as a whole, but then we divided the four remaining categories among the four of us. Thought it might give an interesting perspective into our different tastes.--
(These are all in no particular order)
Top 5 Bands:
Iron and Wine
Jesse’s Top 5 Movies
The Life Aquatic
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Brady’s Top 5 TV Shows
The Simpsons (Specifically the first 10 seasons)
It’s Always Sunny in
Brett’s Top 5 Authors
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Maurice’s Top 5 Albums
Amnesiac – Radiohead
F#A# (Infinity) – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Mines – Menomena
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – The Smashing Pumpkins
Dave: What’s next for the band?
Brett: Just making an effort to really push this album and get on the road, mainly.
Brady: Yeah, I honestly don’t know what’s next, but I’m really excited to find out.
Dave: Any final thoughts?
Brett: We’ve been in this band, and been living as Saturn, for ten years now. That’s a hell of a long time for a group of guys that got together in school to just have some fun and make some weird music, and we’re really happy with the way things have turned out so far, even if it’s taken a long time to get our feet on the ground. I think we’re all just excited to pick up the pace and see where we end up in another ten years…