‘Unique, Gamut, and Adventurous’ | Interview with SandCat

Unique and full of surprises, SandCat’s new song, Ngc 5970, raises the stakes and requires the listener’s full attention. It is impossible to not look forward to the album after this preview.

Wanna know a bit more about the people behind SandCat? Read our interview below.

Describe your sound in three words please! 

Our sound is Unique, Gamut, and Adventurous 

How was SandCat created? 

SandCat was created purely out of boredom and curiosity. Being stuck indoors all the time put me in a different space, where I could make music that is more experimental than what is comfortable. 

What was the inspiration behind Ngc 5970? Is it something related to astronomy or something else? Also a few words about its post-apocalyptic video clip please? 

Ngc 5970 is a galaxy 90 million miles from here. This was the first single we have written for this group and the name is to represent how we are trying to push jazz further into new territory. The music video is supposed to feel like it is similar to Earth, but just a little off. 

Do you have plans for a full album in the near future? 

We plan to have our EP release in early August! We are about to drop our second song “The Art of War” on May 22nd. The album will be small, but each track is going to have its own personality. 

How did you spend the social isolation period and what do you have in your To-Do list now? 

Most of my time has been going into this album. We are independent, so everything has been on me to write, produce, and take care of all the business parts. Our drummer Greg is finishing his Masters degree at Cal Arts and our Saxophonist Ike has been locked away working on some of his own projects. Our To-Do list is finishing up the last few songs and then getting them mixed and mastered. Hopefully looking into some live shows afterward! 

What is your favourite album of the previous year? 

My favorite album of last year is ‘I Let It in and It Took Everything’ by Loathe. Even though they are a progressive metal band, I was able to draw a lot of inspiration from them. Their album is also very dynamic and explores many different emotions. And I feel very close to this record. 

Is the absence of vocals an extra challenge when it comes to promotion? 

This is probably the biggest challenge we face as a band. It feels like with instrumental music, we are putting trust in our audience to actively listen to what we are producing. People are naturally drawn to vocals and will decide if they like something within 4 seconds. This puts a lot of pressure on us to hook people in and quickly show them what we are about. We are like the television show that everyone assures you will get better after watching a few episodes. 

If you were to write a soundtrack for a movie, what kind of movie would that be? 

The whole goal of our music is to get a reaction out of people. We would need to write a soundtrack for a movie that has a goal in mind for their audience. Maybe an independent film that demands the attention of their audience. Or a sci-fi film that tries to stand out from the generic tropes of the genre.

Thanks SandCat!

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