Still Playing to Win
Ahead of our show this Friday, we caught up with Savvy aka Asaviour for a quick Q&A. Yet again we feel that we’ve been given some really honest, interesting and insightful answers! - Enjoy!:
First off, Who are you & Where are you from?
My name is Savvy aka Asaviour. I’m from a town called the The Hudd (Huddersfield to be exact)
You’re currently performing on a bit of a tour across the country to promote the latest installment of the Play to Win Mixtape series. What can people expect to hear on vol. 3 and for those who didn’t grab a copy yet, what did they miss on the first and second volumes?
Yeap I’m hitting up a few different towns and cities across the UK just getting the word out about the mixtape and the material to follow.. On Volume three I’d say prepare for the unexpected that might sound corny as load of people say that then just make the same old shit.. I came to a conclusion about 2-3 years ago and that was i don’t listen to just UK hip hop so why they fuck I’m i just putting that out.
I was always making different stuff but never really had the platform to get it out there, The A Loop Theory the collaboration album i did with DJ IQ was the real start of me pushing the boundaries, Play to Win 3 continues from that and takes you in to my current sound. Play to Win 1 & 2 (if you can get em) are now more catalogues of my development as an artist, they’ll basically tell you were I’ve come from as an artist..
In the past, whilst signed to Lowlife records you collaborated with the likes of Jehst, and Braintax. What did you take from that? Looking back, (if anything) what do you miss?
Yeap i worked far more extensively with Jehst where as Braintax was my label boss and occasional collaborator. I’d say from jehst I learnt a lot about performance, how to get yourself known & develop yourself as an artist basically the grassroots techniques. I learnt a lot more about presentation & delivery of your product from Braintax, how to conduct yourself with a level of professionalism. To be fair though I’ve learnt a lot from so many different people let alone artists.
Your previous producers include Dj I.Q and Ghost. Do you have a favourite of your previous releases? Something you’re most proud of perhaps?
I’d have to say my favourite previous release would have to be The A Loop Theory, that was a combination of production from myself and DJ IQ. We showed what was possible from within the UK Hip Hop scene…One thing i strive for is making the next release better than the last, the day I can’t do that I think i’ll quit…
You’ve recently put out a few remixes and shown us your ability to produce as well as rap - can you tell us more about how you moved in to this?
Well to be honest I’ve be producing since my first EP “Savoir faire” but I’ve never really been prolific plus I never had the right outlet for my style and approach to hip hop. I also did some of the beats on My debut LP The Borrowed Ladder, Play to Win vol2 and The A Loop Theory was shared production duties I produced about 60% of it. And now I’m a superproducer… (He Jokes)
Can you tell us of anything you have in the pipeline?
Ooh well i can’t tell you too much but obviously you can expect the new mixtape real soon another video or so.. and I’m in the lab working on the new Album..I can’t tell you the title…sorry
I heard your computer died recently? Did you lose anything?
Just some playlists and text files oh and a picture of Holly Valance on my desktop, I’m good though man I back my shit up
Your most recent releases have come on the independent label Saving Grace Music? Firstly, What’s in the name? The sites looking good, when can users expect the website to be fully functional?
Yeap that’s my imprint, I guess my only saving grace is music innit, d'ya like what i did there? It’s also a play on my original artist name Asaviour….. I’ve been getting the site rebuilt as the rosta is expanding but we’re looking to have it up in the new year.
What are they likely to discover on the site?
Free music, Videos, Artists features, completions, all sorts…oh and a shop can’t forget that! (laughs)
So, What are you listening to at the moment?
Erm lets have a look at my history Kendric Lamar, Joker, Drake, TEED, Daley, Frank Ocean, Mobb Deep, David AxelRod, Wretch 32 it goes on…and on
Which other shows/show dates do you have lined up after Holdin’ Court?
I’m taking dates for the new year and i cant totally remember exact dates right now but Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, London and a couple of others i think
Where can people find out more information about you and listen to some of your more recent work?
First off I’d say follow me on twitter @iam_savvy & like my FB page http://www.facebook.com/savvyofcourse thats where you get the most up to date info. Also keep an eye on www.saving-grace.co.uk
Thanks for your time! Finally, Any shout outs?
NOT a problem, thanks for your support, erm nah fuck a shout out, those that are truly down know me and don’t need one. Savvy is as Savvy does…