Through a series of emails and Facebook messages, I was able to gather the full story of OKC band, SATURN – everything from how the band formed to what they hope the band will become. After consulting with each other, Brett Fieldcamp was elected to compose the group’s answers.
According to Brett Fieldcamp, SATURN began sixteen years ago. The three members had been in and out of bands; when the group Brett and Brady Fieldcamp had been in “unraveled,” they called up their old friend, Jesse York, and started a new one. This all happened in the summer of 2003. Since then, they’ve performed together off and on, with SATURN taking the backseat to their other endeavors.
Their newest EP, Stomping Grounds, is the turning point for the band. The songs are not necessarily new; the band has been playing many of them for years. Yet, in 2018, they decided to take a more serious approach and finally record their more commonly played tracks. Since then, they have been attempting to gather a wider audience in which to spread their music.
What made you guys decide to become musicians?
Fieldcamp: I think all three of us just grew up with music. For Brady and me, our father was a massive music addict. He devoured and collected nearly everything. And Jesse was raised in this great, encouraging community of older classic rockers that would get together on weekends and jam and play parties all the time. So I guess on some level, it was just in our blood from a young age.
What is your songwriting process?
For us, we’ll normally hit on some melody or chord progression at practice or when we’re just sitting around noodling or humming or something. I’ll try to give it a really basic fleshing-out, just to figure out where it’s going, and then it always comes back to the band and finds some new avenue. And then the lyrics pretty much come last. Brady and I will both labor over lyrics for really unreasonable amounts of time.
What are some of your musical influences?
A lot of Jesse’s bass playing is informed by the early 90’s Grunge stuff that he loves, like Alice in Chains; so, real low notes and deep, round tones. Brady’s drumming lately has been pretty directly influenced by a lot of funk and soul drumming, both old and new (like, Bill Withers and new Amos Lee). With guitar, I keep coming back to Radiohead a lot.
What kind of audience would you say your music is aimed towards?
I’ve always felt that your target audience should be yourself. If you’re into an odd, unexpected, combination of things, there’s a pretty good chance that there are other people out that love all of the same things in the same strange combinations. A lot of modern playlist-makers and startup labels and blog-runners want to tell young musicians that they need to find a focused style for themselves and develop it and stick to it, but you can’t tell me that The Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd and Radiohead didn’t make constant, wild stylistic shifts.
What does the name “SATURN” mean to you guys? Why did you choose the name for your band?
It’s a surprisingly long, convoluted theory about our dad and numerology and recurrence theory and Roman mythology. Lately, we just tell people we’re named after the old wrestler Perry Saturn.
Which of your past performances was your favorite? Why?
The one that immediately comes to mind was a few years ago, the last year that we weren’t officially selected for Norman Music Festival. We took a slot on one of the awesome, unofficial stages that people set up around Norman, It was the day Prince died, so I wore purple and dedicated our set to him. I felt that it was my duty as a performer to get up and PERFORM the way he always did, so I just went big with it. [The] audience just responded to us in a huge way. It’s the most I’ve ever felt like a rock star.
The final question was over their experience in the Oklahoma music community.
According to Fieldcamp, there isn’t a collective OK music community. Instead, it’s split into a lot of different, smaller ones. The main one in OKC and Norman is apparently Indie-Rock/Psychadelic/Garage-Rock, but the Punk and Metal scenes have been on the rise lately as well.
Fieldcamp believes that SATURN belongs somewhere in between either of those two groups and so isn’t sure of where they stand as far as the OK music scene – or how the scene even fits together for them to have a spot. He doesn’t believe it overlaps enough to call it a “community.”
He did make mention of how the Norman Music Festival has brought some of the sub-categories together; though, he feels this mainly applies to the Indie-Rock, Metal, and Punk scenes. The jazz community, he specified, is one that is on the rise and is alienated from the rest of the music scenes.
According to Fieldcamp, however, Evan Jarvicks of Make Oklahoma Weirder IS the Oklahoma music community. He made sure to let us know that Jarvicks is the best resource for every aspect of OK music – something, I assure you, we already knew.
“He’s able to float around among everything that’s going on and really absorb all the different elements,” said Fieldcamp.
After sixteen years of learning and experimenting, SATURN is ready to take their music to the next level. Several mini tours and shows have already been scheduled for 2019 and 2020; for them, Stomping Grounds, an EP written about their hometown (Moore, OK), is what will ironically bring them out of their hometown.
Armed with an indescribably cohesive sound inspired by a variety of bigger artists, SATURN is prepared to prove themselves to anyone that gets in their way.
Check them out on all social media and music streaming sites.