(Interview) Meet Savage the Poet: More Than a Musician
Poetic truth. Raw emotion. New York City. These elements, combined with the power of lyricism create Savage the Poet. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, it’s easy to understand what makes Savage so smooth with his delivery.
With buzzy tracks like “Groovy” and “The Champ Is Here,” Savage shows his gift for extemporaneous lyrics and chameleonic flows. But, he’s not just a hip-hop artist. He’s also a poet and much more.
Meet Savage the Poet: The embodiment of a true artist on the rise.
Savage the Poet Interview
What first got you into music?
I started writing poetry at the age of 15 and I went to college to pursue
theatre and acting. Music as a career let alone poetry never seemed like a
possible option for me, until graduating and realizing the roles I was
auditioning for weren’t fulfilling me. I interned for a bit at AFROPUNK
the music festival and a friend of mine and I began songwriting and
working together on music on the side. I began using poems written over
the years in my notebooks to create hooks and verses for new songs. My
mom always taught me to pursue what comes naturally to me and poetry &
music has always been those outlets. I made the shift to pursue music
and never really looked back to acting. For once I was standing on my own
words, speaking my own perspective, and living/being my own character
that I created.
Who inspired you to make music?
I’m a huge 90’s influenced person overall when it comes to fashion, music,
culture and I’m from Brooklyn, NY so I’d naturally have to say artists like
Biggie, Lil Kim, Big Pun, Lauryn Hill, Nas and so many more honestly. I
just loved how they respected the power of their words and abilities to
ride the line between hardcore and sweetness in their sounds. They told
stories and dared to be vulnerable with messages of communal elevation
self-love and confidence. I’m also inspired by artists like TOBE NWIGWE,
Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Missy Elliot, and Tierra Whack. I love how they
bring theatre to Hip Hop and their instincts to pull from what’s different.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe the music I make as colorful and inventive. I like to play
with flows and perspective. There are also many spiritual tones and nods
in my lyricism. I like to create music that’ll give people a feeling, not just
in their bodies but their minds, hearts, and guts.
What is your creative process like?
I always lead with my spirit when creating. I don’t like to write lyrics or
choose beats based on what I think will sound pleasing or what’s already
charting rather I pursue sounds that stir a reaction in me personally. I
look at the process of making music as a magical process. It’s literally the
spell of manifestation…how a track is just a flow of sounds awakening a
story within you, a message to pour out onto the world. Therefore each
experience is different. Sometimes I can hear a track and instantly hear
what needs to be said and write an entire song in just a few hours. Other
times a track can grab my attention but I won’t hear words come to mind
for two-three weeks. As a poet, I also write casually as I live so I find I’ll
have lyrics on hold waiting for the perfect track to accompany it. It’s
always a surprise to me.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
My dream collaboration must be Jhene Aiko. Her soul has always been so
honest to me and warm. She kind of represents the artist I see myself as.
Deeply spiritual rooted in community and self-discovery with a twist of
raw emotion and blunt delivery. She’s also a poet/ musician so I think
we’d vibe on how we see life and the industry.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
I feel like opening for Kamauu would be pretty dope. His audience is
pretty similar to mine and when he sings I hear such an old beautiful soul
that moves one like gospel. I feel like everybody will be catching the holy
ghost if we hit the same stage haha. Nah but we’d definitely deliver a
powerful feeling. It’ll happen soon enough.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Stay sweet but don’t forget your savage. You’ll attract your destiny and
those who support you by naturally being who you are and living fairly.
But never let those who aren’t righteous speak louder than you. Own your
voice and your talents.
What does New York City mean to you?
Oh my god, it means the world to me that’s home, that’s an inspiration. I’ve
never been to another city quite as special as New York City. Where you
can ride one train and literally be surprised by the abundance of
characters and ways of living. Living in New York City is so unpredictable
and it’s always changing. I simply adore it.
Talk to us a little about “Comb the Weight Off”
I am so grateful for this question for I want the world to know that I am
indeed more than music. “Comb The Weight Off” was my first small
collection of poems inspired by the pressures of 2020 and the women in
my life who have both represented and taught me healing. It was a special
project in which I had the pleasure of working closely with my sister
Nadia the illustrator telling this story. My goal in life is to create as
many vessels as I can for the world to receive my words and messages
whether that be books, or records, videos, etc. I also think it’s important
artists are writing and documenting their voices on paper, leaving
something physical that the future generation can pick up.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
If I wasn’t pursuing music and poetry I would be somewhere on an island
preferably Cuba smoking a cigar reading exploring and dedicating my life
to teaching lol but I’ll save that for another lifetime.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Honestly, it’s a double-edged sword like everything else. On one hand its
great because everyone can develop a platform and garner followers thus
being seen without the help of a big label or agency. On the other hand, it
also steps up the level of competition because like I said, everyone has the
ability to snatch the attention and because there’s so much music being
released daily people are developing shorter attention spans.
Which song speaks to your heart the most?
My favorite song I’ve written up to this moment is a song that actually
hasn’t been released yet but will be soon in the new year. The song is
called “I Know” and it’s a combination of Nas, Robert Frost, and Mulan lol
as crazy as that sounds but it’s magic.
Which musicians do you admire?
I know I’ve already mentioned so many but others include SZA, Kendrick
Lamar, J Cole, Beyonce, OSHUN.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Trust and follow your intuition every time it’ll never steer you astray.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
I would change the idea of someone’s talent being measured by their
numbers. That’s a common perspective a lot of industry people adopt that
tends to spill onto the general public. They look at what sells instead of
looking at the potential of what someone could sell if given access to
certain platforms. But I’m not complaining I have the power to shape the
industry to fit my own needs. All musicians should remember that.
What’s the most challenging part of marketing yourself?
The most challenging part is the consistency and not in creating but with
remaining interactive and engaging with your audience. Some days you
not always vibrating so high and you don’t want to share parts of yourself
but I’ve come to find that people appreciate those moments even more.
Marketing yourself or at least the way I choose to takes a lot of reflection
and mirror gazing. Meanwhile acting I spent so much time looking to
understand other characters and now the character in focus is myself. So
it’s a constant revelation.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as a leader, as a healer, and a being of light.
These words and songs I offer the world have healed me in my lowest
moments and I know they will do the same for others because they
already have. I hope to serve as a guide for people to look within
themselves so they can see and embrace their own unlocked power and
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