The Rocks Off 200: Saturn Will Not Sleep, Scout Bar's Electronic Mad Scientist
Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link.
Who? Steven Trimble, the "controllerist" behind Saturn Will Not Sleep, is part producer, part sound manipulator, and master of all that is electronic. Armed with a boatload of tech gear and some handy lighting elements, Trimble incorporates electronica, hip-hop, glitch, and industrial music to create mad-scientist type of sound that defies categorization.
Photos courtesy of Steven Trimble
That sound is best described as controlled chaos, really -- what starts off as Saturn's own mix may veer off into sampling Nine Inch Nails, or he may welcome a rapper onstage to spit over his mad-lab sounds. That mixture of beats, noise, and sound is elevated to another level once he throws in his wicked light show, which is tailored to the tone of the song for good measure.
"I get so much confusion about what I do," he says, laughing. "My first merch is going to be a shirt that says, 'I'm not a fucking DJ,'"
Rather than falling back on the familiarity of DJing, Trimble's aim is to bring something totally experimental to the Houston music scene. And with the attention he's gained over just a few shows, he's well on his way.
Home Base: With a pretty ordinary day job -- he's a graphic designer by trade -- and a flourishing painting career, plus his portable technology, Trimble is able to spend quite a bit of time creating whatever he wants, wherever he wants.
His artwork has definitely opened doors for his music. Well before he opened a recent show for The Hunger at Scout Bar, they were a client of his. Most of the artwork around the Clear Lake venue is his, in fact.
"It's Clear Lake and Scout Bar, with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids; the inner loop gets plenty of love from artists," jokes Trimble.
Why Do You Stay In Houston? "I'm not married to Houston for the rest of my art or music career," he says. "But for right now, I'm here, and if I can do anything to change the scene up for the better while I'm here, then great."
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