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Meet Satomi The Red Fox

Today we’d like to introduce you to Satomi The Red Fox.

Satomi The Red Fox, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My Dad originally got me into music; he played the keyboard in the house a lot. He had us listening to Christian rock music growing up, and while I make a very different style now, that type of instrumentation influences the music that I play today. I started playing guitar at about 14 years old; I grew up working within the underground music scene in Detroit, particularly at The Lid, which is where I was able to practice my improvisation skills and work with other artists to bring the inspiration from my past to life. I made my first band, Maybe Tomorrow, at around 19 years old in 2010, and that was a formative moment for me in terms of finding the sound I wanted to pursue for myself and the type of music that I wanted to make. I started recording my own solo music at Studio A before they closed around 2013/14, which allowed me to build a lot more confidence in myself as a performer and as an artist.

I wanted to put more of myself into my music, bringing in the things that I love, and even my name “Satomi the Redfox” came from my love for anime as a kid and the types of things that had an impact on me throughout my life. Some of my longtime friends were in a crew called Nightmerica, and eventually a group of those people created what is now Shadow Temple Records. That crew has had a huge impact on my music, specifically working with Gulley back to the days we were recording at the Russell. When we finally released “Rainy Thoughts,” that’s when I really got excited about what I could create and the potential of this music. Most recently, I released my track, “Siren,” and before that was “Chocolate Cake,” recently, I’ve been really honing in on my craft and getting together a body of music that can be properly released into the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve done a lot of work to find my footing throughout my music career. I’ve had to work through a lot of self-doubt and self-criticism because what I do is pretty different, and I needed to come to terms with having my own sound and being comfortable not creating music like everyone else. I take in a lot of different influences, and it’s been a process for me to feel comfortable and confident with my creative process, but when I really find that spark and lay down an amazing track, all of that work is well worth it.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am Satomi the Redfox, and I am a guitarist, vocalist, bass player, and all around musician. I create music with influences in hip hop, r&b, funk, house, and beyond, bringing together my influences and my creative strengths to work collaboratively with other musicians to manifest new possibilities and approaches to music.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
For innovation, Detroit is an amazing place to start. Detroit is a very real city, the love out here is real and so are the expectations. There is a lot of history in this city, so you definitely have to show your respect and earn your place. But it’s an incredible place to live and to work, and given more chances and opportunities to shine, there’s no limit to far how we could take it.

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Jake Mulka (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jmulka/)

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