Here at Revive, we’re all about bringing you the hottest and dopest new acts from around the way. Hailing from Boston/New York, is the soul, R&B, and reggae collective Mad Satta.Joanna Teters leads the band up front with her soulful contralto vocals and is joined by Eric Zeiser (trumpet), Collin Wade (alto sax), Jason Fitch (tenor sax), Ted Mocardi (guitar),Kevin Theodore (keys), Ben Carr (bass), and Zane West (drums).
While it’s common for music school kids to huddle up with their buddies from ensembles and theory classes and form uber-groups, Mad Satta’s formation transpired slightly differently.
“The bassist, Ben Carr, and I met in New Paltz, NY during high school,” explains Teters. “[We] started playing together as a bass and vocal duo in 2010, then expanded to a five piece. He (Carr) met the horn players, drummer, and guitarist at Western Connecticut State University then transferred to SUNY Purchase where he met keyboardist Kevin Theodore.”
Perhaps what is most notable about Mad Satta is their ability to keep eight members of a group intact. It’s not uncommon for singers and artists to have rotating members sit in on any given gig. But as Teters explains, things are slightly different for Mad Satta:
“It’s a matter of trust and priority. We all have played and currently play in other settings and groups, ranging from reggae, punk, metal, to jazz, but we all have such a deep connection to one another and a responsibility to the group that it prevails. We have gotten such beautiful and supportive responses to our music that all we feel is the desire to keep bringing it to audiences. We also want to be able to provide what people come to our shows for, which is to see the band that is Mad Satta, not half of Mad Satta.”
With one EP under their name, Mad Satta is poised to take the scene by storm with their forthcoming LP, Comfort. Judging from their newest single, “Reach Out,” their newest album could just be one of your favorite albums of the year. You can watch video after the jump while you’re waiting for their upcoming record. Be sure to catch Mad Satta this Friday, April 25th at Brooklyn’s BAM Café.