If you’ve ever gone hiking through the forest and heard the distant sound of a saxophone, there’s a chance you may have crossed the path of Saxsquatch, a mythical beast and YouTube sensation who has been on the steady climb to stardom in recent years. If you’re confused about what a Saxsquatch is, well, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a Sasquatch that plays the saxophone. It turns out that Sasquatch music is actually quite agreeable to the human ear, as Saxsquatch’s funky beats are sure to get your feet moving whether you’re a furry forest creature or a full-blown Homo sapien.
Now, the fact that a Sasquatch is able to play an instrument at all is extremely impressive, but that’s not all this mythical creature is capable of. He lays down funky tracks on bass guitars, drum machines, and synthesizers, too, all while rocking some badass tactical sunglasses and a groovy blue bandana. This ape-man has funk built into his blood, and he’s been getting some serious recognition for it.
Saxsquatch first burst onto the scene with a viral YouTube video of him performing a rendition of Daft Punk’s One More Time in the middle of an unknown patch of woods and another video of him lounging out on a log and playing Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up. Since these videos took the internet by storm, Saxsquatch has done anything but slow down. To my surprise, sasquatches are apparently savvy to the world of email and I was able to get an interview with the elusive beast. Here’s what he had to say:
Interview With Saxsquatch
How would you describe your musical style?
Electronic, jazz, and some funky ‘Squatch.
Your YouTube videos have gotten millions of views, you were featured on Tosh.0, and you even got to collaborate with John Oates of Hall & Oates. How do you feel about the amount of buzz you’re generating with your music?
It has been amazing seeing how many people believe in me. The support from my fans has been life-changing. I went from a ‘Squatch in the woods to a ‘Squatch on the road.
How do you think live looping has changed music? And who’s your favorite live looper other than yourself?
Marc Rebillet is one of my favorites. His sessions have so much humor and energy. He does his live streams in his underwear so I guess we’re both looping “nude” online.
Your first tour in 2020 was called the “Saxual Healing Tour.” Are Sasquatches highly sexual animals?
You’ll know the answer to that once you meet a female ‘Squatch. They’re the most beautiful things in nature.
Where did you get your first saxophone? I assume you didn’t buy it in a music store considering, you know, you’re a Sasquatch and that would scare the hell out of people.
You aren’t going to believe this, but I actually did buy my first saxophone from a pawn shop. The shop owner was speechless.
Do you know Bigfoot? If so, what’s he like?
All the ‘Squatches are close. We live in isolation but always show kindness.
Do you find it unfair that Bigfoot gets most of the media coverage even though he (to our knowledge) doesn’t know how to play a musical instrument?
My Facebook page is bigger than Bigfoot’s ;). He might want to consider learning an instrument. In all seriousness, I have nothing but love for all ‘Squatches. Bigfoot fans have been crazy supportive of me and my career. He’s the first viral star and was ahead of his time.
Would you describe yourself as more of a cuddly sweetheart or a man-eating monster?
If I ate humans it would be hard to convince them to come to my show. I’m all about showing love and support to anyone who believes in me.
What’s next for Saxsquatch?
My debut single Moondance was released on all streaming platforms and in the game Rocket League. I’ve released official covers of Maneater (with John Oates), Every Breath You Take, and Cantina (with Tokyo Machine) on all streaming platforms. Give them a listen! I’ll be playing a bunch of music festivals including Summer Camp, some Sasquatch festivals, and other shows. You can buy tickets to my shows on saxsquatch.com. Outside of touring, I am working on an EP of original music with my label Monstercat. I’ll be live-streaming a new show called “Saxsquatch in Space” on Reddit. The community and company over there has been one of my biggest supporters.
Don’t Sleep On Saxsquatch
First of all, I’d like to say thank you to Saxsquatch for responding to my request for an interview. While I once believed Sasquatches to be fearsome and dangerous beings, the kindness that Saxsquatch has shown me throughout this entire process has proved to me that humankind and Sasquatches can coexist in peace.
As he mentioned in the interview, Saxsquatch was signed to Canadian music label Monstercat, which has been working with Psyonix, maker of the popular video game Rocket League. Unlike other video games that have stagnant soundtracks that become stale over time, Rocket League rotates new soundtracks into the game every couple of months, and Saxsquatch’s single Moondance was one of the first tracks to be added to the game after the partnership.
Since joining Monstercat, Saxsquatch also got to perform a version of Hall & Oates’s Maneater with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Oates for which they produced a music video. When asked about the experience of shooting the video with Saxsquatch, Oates called it a “life-changing moment” and went on to say, “The mark of a good song is that it can be reimagined in lots of ways, and this is, without a doubt, the coolest version I’ve ever heard.” That’s some pretty amazing praise from a rock legend for a Sasquatch from a humble forest.
Witness the Legend Live
Saxsquatch has a number of shows lined up for 2021 in venues all across the United States. You can buy tickets to his shows on saxsquatch.com where you can also buy amazing Saxsquatch merchandise like t-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, hats, posters, vinyl records, and even your very own blue bandana to give you a little slice of Saxsquatch style.
Overall, I think we can all be proud that the music industry is now inclusive towards artists outside of our species and we can be grateful that the internet has allowed such a talented Sasquatch to come into the public eye. Follow Saxsquatch on Spotify, check out his YouTube videos, and buy some tickets to a show if you have the chance. Saxsquatch is paving the way for non-human musicians worldwide, and you’ve got to respect that kind of talent and audacity, especially out of a Sasquatch.