Funny thing about Geminis: you never know what to expect. So when a category-defying musical artist like Sacha Sacket dubs his fresh new project Double Gemini, surprises are definitely in store.
The first being that it isn’t simply a record in the traditional form: a digital or vinyl collection of a dozen songs. Rather, it is a more expansive project: an ambitious effort to chronicle a period in his life using music, video, photography and other surprises that will be released throughout the year.
“I write around 5 songs a day when I’m at home. Every week or so, I get a winner,” Sacket said. “For me the challenge has been in keeping up.” Sacket records and self-produces most of his work (with occasional collaborations). “It’s sort of a response to how music is treated and consumed nowadays. I think of Double Gemini really as more of an art installation that unfolds over the course of a year.”
Sacket begin 2013 on a high note: touring in the anti-bullying It Gets Better musical theatre project, to which he contributed four songs including the first single from Double Gemini: the haunting “Song for Jamey,” which caused a small firestorm on the blogosphere: touted by Out, The Advocate, Towleroad.com, and AfterElton.com among others.
Born in Iran, Sacket himself was badly bullied in high school, but didn’t disclose the harassment – or the subsequent alienation and depression – with his family. Years later, he heard of Jamey Rodemeyer: a young man who created a video for the It Gets Better Project documenting a similar bullying experience. Tragically, the 15-year-old took his own life in the fall of 2011. Sacha subsequently wrote the song and serendipitously ended up performing it on stages around the country as part of the musical, “It Gets Better.” He later penned more songs for the show. Sacket also visits middle and high schools, where he shares his personal experiences growing up and the implications of being both the bully and the bullied.
“Double Gemini is perhaps most of all documenting a journey to self-love.” says Sacket. “ How one learns to love oneself, what that means, the struggles. I hope to provide a roadmap of that path.”
And what a travelogue that will be. Double Gemini effortlessly merges different styles and personalities of music together: pop, hip-hop, dance, alternative and ambient electronic, as well as vintage rock and even more lyrical singer-songwriter fare.
“I play with electronic dance synths but incorporate my own musicality. So I’ll find a dubstep synth and play it as an instrument. Most djs draw notes into a computer ,and it’s very math oriented. But I’ll play it like a Fender Rhodes would be played.
“Or I’ll merge heavy electro beats with old Moogs and 80s dark wave synths. I might bring an alternative rock guitar and introduce it to a hip hop production. I put a Stevie Wonder-like Rhodes piano through a heavy metal guitar amp. Stuff like that. “
Double Gemini is as much about colliding personalities as it is about multiple personalities. No one specific style dominates, but rather the songs find cohesion and fluidity through Sacket’s creative ethos, distinctive voice, and personal style.
That style is reflected in the striking photography that heralded the inception of Double Gemini. “It’s the man looking into the mirror, the question of identity, how we all have all these converging personalities that spring up inside us. And, of course, there is perhaps a homosexual/autoerotic allegory or two thrown in for good measure,” he smiles.
Double Gemini marks the seventh release for Sacket. Songs will be simultaneously released on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon. For more information, visit SachaSacket.com He is also writing a new original musical and the “It Gets Better” tour resumes this Fall of 2013.
—Larry Dean Harris
Sacha Sacket has taken his artistry far afield touring relentlessly with concerts at hundreds of colleges and music venues while garnering airplay on 150+ independent, college and NPR stations. Armed with a unique and powerful voice, which is perhaps his greatest asset, Sacket grabs you right in the gut and never lets go.
Sacha Sacket’s style reflects a musical hybrid of modern electronic detachment and sensitive folk-auteur balladeering, a combination that is both disquieting and refreshingly imaginative. His most striking musical mainstays – ardent, inspired piano and sultry baritone vocals – are injected with muted dancehall beats, string sections, dark-wave synths, numinous atmospherics and intimately reflective lyricism. His songs are manic, inspired, and self-searching, and they showcase Sacket’s talent at fusing haunting confessionals and panoramically wistful orchestration. Sacket’s biggest achievement, however, is what lies beneath his songs: an invigoratingly mature and post-electronic musical vision that ultimately establishes him as a vital artist in today’s music scene.