Following on from the release of powerful 3rd album ‘When I Wake Up’, storyteller, singer, songwriter and social commentator Maverick Sabre will be heading out on tour, with 7 dates across the UK. We caught up with him to find out more about the new album and what fans can expect from his performances…
Tell us about your journey into music and how it all begun?
I was born In London (Hackney) raised from the age of 4 in New Ross, Co.Wexford in Ireland. I was raised around music. My dad has always been a musician so live music was around me a lot as I child. I started playing and writing songs from the age of 8/9 and started performing not too long after that. Put some tunes on a Myspace page when i was around 14/15 under ‘Maverick Sabre’ and everything started from there.
You dropped your new album ‘When I Wake Up’ earlier this year, what is the concept and creative process behind this?
‘When I Wake Up’ is probably the freest body of work I’ve ever put out…a lot of it came from ideas from my living room. Getting back into producing i started to experiment with a lot of sounds and feels that I had never delved into before. I use visuals that I play in the background as I create the music to help guide me also. I had a rough layout in my head of what I wanted to speak about both internally and in the world I see around me and it all came together over time. I sat down one night and had 3/4 of it done already with out ever thinking about putting an album together. Definitely my favourite album to date!
Have you got a favourite track from the album?
I think it’s got to be ‘Drifting’ because its the most different style I’ve ever put out under my own name. It was really about not caring too much and going back to completely putting out tunes (however different from my normal sound) because I loved them from the purest place. And that’s what I’ve done from the start of my career till now.
You’re heading out on a UK tour next month, are you excited to get back on the road?
Touring is the life source. There’s nothing in the world that makes me feel more connected. Both to myself, my songs and the people in the crowd. When’s its right everything is one. It’s the opportunity to bring the emotions in the music to life and get rid of the bollocks of any false separation between the artist and anyone listening…we are in it together and nothing can better that connection from a live show in my opinion.
What can we expect from the live show?
As much as we can fit in from my 3 albums and collaborations over the years…just a great night of music. My aim with every show is for people to come away from it feeling uplifted. If I can do that then my job is complete.
What’s the best thing about touring?
The direct connection with people. There’s bullshit to hid behind its just pure.
What new artists are you loving at the moment? Anyone we should keep an ear out for?
Greentea Peng, Skripteh, Olivia Dean, Danitsa.
You’ve recently released a track with Lily Moore ‘In-Between’, how did the collaboration come about?
Lily had been working with a friend of mine, he produced the song and thought we’d all vibe well on the tune…and he was right…she’s got a timeless voice that doesn’t come around a lot so was a pleasure to jump on the song. We were both writing it from an honest place we were going through at the time and I feel like that comes through on it.
What’s been the best bit of advice you’ve been given?
You are better than no one and no one is better than you. Stay humble and you will always want to keep bettering yourself.
Do you have a message for your fans?
The music is always for you. from the purest place i can give it. It has been since I first started releasing music and it will never ever change. Thank you for the love always. I don’t exist without you. And I’m never stopping so there’ll be plenty more albums for your ears over the years. Always love!!