It’s a sunny fall day in Los Angeles and the “When We” crooner is cruising the LA streets. Riding down the 101 in his BMW I 8 limited edition vehicle, he sits happily with his beautiful fiancé by his side. “Looking gorgeous,” he said in a laughing but serious manner over the phone. It’s his first day back from touring and promo and the Savage singer took the time to talk with us about his latest album and life on tour.
Q: Why did you decide to title the album “Savage”?
A: Well, You know it felt like a good time to push R&B into a more competitive state. I think that us guys, especially from my time and my era with how we do R&B. We kinda settled in our own little thing that we’ve been doing for so long. There come’s a time where R&B has to challenge itself. The people doing it, the people writing it, performing it. It has to measure up to everything else that’s going on. These guys in other genres, they’re pushing the lines, they’re pushing the limits. We have to do the same thing to push our message and our agenda. I feel like we have to be savages about it by kicking a few doors down in, knocking a few tables over in order not to ask but take just for a spot. That goes for the message we have. The love that we have. We gotta fight for what we love and fight for it differently. Not the same old way all nice and slow. If we want this, we gotta be savages about it. It’s the only way it’s going to make sense, it’s the only way it’s going to break through.
Q: What do you say to the critics that say’s your music is straying away from “True R&B”?
A: If we had a dime for every person in history that said something wasn’t true to an art form, we all be millionaires. Calling something not true is completely subjective. The music that I’m doing, the music I’m singing, the music I’m producing is true to me. It reflects my growth and my lifestyle. I sing about what I know and what I experience. R&B is rhythm and blues. It can be whatever rhythm it is whether its live instrumentation or mechanical and the blues can never be changed. The blues is what is going on in your life. What are you going through, who are you going through it with? That what makes it real. The people who can relate to it is what makes it even more real. The ones that can Identify and say I’m feeling that I’m experiencing that, I want to go through that. Does it sound the same as Marvin Gaye back in the day? Does it sound the same as what Smokey Robinson was doing at that time? No, but nothing does. It all evolves in different shapes and forms catering to whatever generation or whatever is happening at that time.
Q: What are you looking forward to experiencing most on tour?
A: With the second leg of the tour, I’m really looking forward to seeing Leela James to do her thing, she’s exciting performer. I think the idea of putting our fans all in one place and letting them go for it is just brilliant. I’m definitely looking forward to watching her do her thing.