Catching Up With Savage Black

Catching Up With Savage Black

Where are you from? Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?

I’m from a small town about an hour north of Pittsburgh called Greenville. But if you ask the locals, we all call it G Vegas. Yes and no. I would say yes in the sense that since there’s nothing in this town for anybody, you must create something. Even if it’s just a way out-of-town you still have to create that path out. However, my creativity directly stems from my father. He is a lead guitarist, usually played punkier and heavier rifts and just by watching and hearing his sound when he would play when I was a kid DRASTICALLY shaped how I create my rhythms and bass lines in my tracks. My mother is also def due to a car accident, so I try to make my lyrics as strong as possible so she can feel my energy simply by reading my words.

What’s your background like?

Well. I’m 20 years old, cuss like a sailor, smoke like a chimney, and drink like a fish. My heritage is Welsh and Italian, with a little bit of Irish in there. Bikers on my dad’s side and hillbillies on my mom’s side. I didn’t grow up dead broke. I wouldn’t even call us poor. But we were far from rich. I always had a roof, clothes, and food. I used to say I’m an atheist, but now I believe in something that’s not godly, but it’s something. A simple way of explaining it would be to say: Reincarnation, but that’s still not it haha. My parents split when I was 3 months old, but they maintained a friendship my whole life. They eventually went to marry other people so even though I’m an only child, I have 5 sisters and a brother. And I even wound up becoming senior class president in high school and went off to the US Army to be an interrogator. They gave me the boot for underage drinking though haha. At 18 years old, you can serve, kill, and die for your country… but god forbid you have a beer.

Who are your top 5 favorite artists?

This is the hardest question ever I hate getting asked this haha. In no particular order, Kendrick Lamar, The 1975, The Neighborhood, 6lack, and XXXTENTACION

What made you start making music?

I’ve always played instruments from a young age, but besides that side of it, it all started when I was 16. Mainly few close friends and I would get together and try to freestyle. Most of the time it was whack, but eventually, we all started getting better. Eventually, I wound up just uploading a few songs that were under like 2 minutes to SoundCloud. This was when my SoundCloud name was still just “user” and whatever numbers. I remember trying hard one night writing a more slow, melodic and emotional song. I wound up writing a song I call Draped. And ever since then I’ve been doing what I do.

Who are your biggest influences?

There’s literally too many haha. But if I had to try and narrow it down… Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Capital Steez and Joey Bada$$, XXXTENTACION of course. and I’m just now getting more into some Isaiah Rashad.

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

I’m not a dick rider but y’all can’t tell me that Juice WRLD doesn’t snap on The Bees Knees.

What keeps you going? How you doing mentally?

Mentally, I’m doing a lot better than I was when I released my last project… I’d go into more on that but it’s probably just better you listen and hear for yourself. I was in a pretty bad rut a few months back, but with the help of my closest friends I’ve broken an addiction and I’ve never felt better. I finally feel like there’s nothing holding me back from doing what I want to do musically.

How would you describe your style?

Dangerous. Versatile. I would say my music is more about the flow than punch lines and metaphors. But I’m definitely not afraid to get lyrical, and will. I’ve heard some people compare my sound and flow to Wifisfuneral.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?

Sign with a label honestly. I’m in talks with a few right now. I’m ready for it. I’ve done network gigs. I have a catalog of songs to perform and plenty more in the vault ready to be released. I’m just waiting for the right time. Also, I’m gonna start uploading music videos and audio to YouTube, Spotify, apple, and other platforms. In the meantime, I’ve been branching out with other artists, networking, collaborating and growing my fan base. I also plan to drop a small tape with some of the local talents in my town.

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