by The Alchemist
Nané is a band that contains 6 members from Austin, TX. They gained a lot of attention from their “Blue Velvet” music video that was actually featured on Brittany Howard’s picks for this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Daniel Sahad’s vocals lead the track, and he has helped this band grow exponentially in recent times.
They came together in Daniel’s back house (with the sight of a structurally unsound stripper pole that the band assumes will survive until the end of time) and led to the impeccable union of Ian Green (guitar), Scott McIntyre (bass), Brady Knippa (drums), and David Thacker (keys). They met at the University of Texas in 2016 where Daniel and Ian would drink and play cover songs for their friends. Called Nané as a term of endearment by his family in the Dominican Republic, Daniel determined the band’s name with a communal approach in mind – when you call him (and his band) Nané, you’re family too.
Dive a bit further into Daniel’s background and you’ll find an absolutely fascinating track record that includes everything from co-founding Rolie Music Group with Gregg Rolie from Journey (yes that journey) to currently managing The Texas Chain Massacre (yes, the film franchise), but Nané reigns supreme for the vocalist. Praised as a “rare unity of great musicians and a talented vocalist with a unique stage presence” by Culture Capital Magazine and receiving cosigns from the likes of Black Pumas, the outfit has made serious inroads that serves as the perfect hype for “Always On My Mind” and a debut album to follow suit in 2020.
Their newest track is called Clementine Tree, that actually came out today. It starts with a smooth guitar melody that catches your ear, but once Daniel’s vocals come in it blows you away from start to finish. The vocals on this track are incredibly unique, and are complemented by some amazing other instrumental pieces. We will let this track speak for itself, as you can watch the live video below.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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