Student Profile: Andre Sautiere
This interview is the debut of a new series for the Trollope Times, called Student Profiles. Citadel has plenty of interesting and talented students, and this series will be composed of short interviews with those students to showcase Citadel’s achievement. In the first installment I sat down with local musician Andre Sautiere.
Kyle: What musical instruments do you play? Andre: I play the drums, the bass and the guitar. I also sing a little bit as well.
What’s your favourite instrument? Drums for sure, I picked it up about 12 years ago. Since I was 5 years old.
When did you get your first drum set? I didn’t get my first drum set for years. I had this Wal-Mart electric thing, like some high school musical play-along thing. I had that for the longest time and it wasn’t until I started taking lessons at what used to be Buckley’s (it isn’t there anymore). If I signed up for three months they gave me a rental drum kit for three months, so I signed up. That was my first real kit and then I bought a kit a few years later.
What made you want to play the drums? Everyone plays guitar, there’s not a lot of drummers. I think a lot of people tend to forget how important the drummer is.
What's your favourite genre of music and why? I think alternative rock or classic rock because it has so much range. It can be hard stuff and it can be really soft stuff. Take Stairway to Heaven for example, it starts off so slow and it builds and it get really intense. There’s just so much variety.
What's the role of the drummer in a band? To keep everyone on time. No one will be on time if there’s no percussion. Some people might have rhythm but if you took the drummer out of some of your favorite songs you'd notice instantly.
Who's your favorite drummer? Dave Grohl is my favourite drummer. Just because he’s what I aspire to be because he can do anything. He does the drums, he does guitar, he just does what he wants. And he’s a really humble and nice guy. He plays music because he loves it, not for the money.
What are some of your biggest musical influences? I think when people think of me they think I’m just into hardcore rock but some of my biggest inspirations don’t just come from that. Obviously Nirvana is a huge one but also groups like NWA and what they did to stand up for the black community. Socially they changed the world and I think that type of power is what makes music so special. For me, the social aspects of an artist are just as important as their music.
What are your 3 favorite bands/artists and why? Firstly I’d have to go with Led Zeppelin, they're such a classic. Nirvana for the movement, and either Pink Floyd or Pearl Jam.
Same question with regards to albums? Nevermind by Nirvana, House of the Holy by Led Zeppelin and Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age
How do you see your future musically. Do you want to continue with your music? For me personally, I can’t picture myself doing anything outside of writing or playing music. If I look at my future I don’t see myself sitting at a desk filing tax reports. I wanna be able to create something and share it with people because I know how much that played a part in not only my life but everyone’s life. Music saves a lot of people; I wanna be a part of that.