GET TO KNOW: Josh Savage
Photo: Anna Rieke
With a huge amount of notoriety under his belt already, which includes six million Spotify streams, the record for the most Sofar Sounds shows worldwide, and playing alongside Kodaline, Jack Savoretti, Reverend & the Makers, Roll Deep and Catfish & The Bottlemen and even performing for Dubai’s Royal Family, fast-rising singer and songwriter Josh Savage is back to share his latest single 'Young Fools'.
Capturing the same bright and soaring aesthetic he is gaining a reputation for, 'Young Fools' makes for a vibrant return to form. Filled with sweeping tones and a killer chorus to boot, he is almost certainly set for big things over the next few years.
So with his name firmly on the rise, we sat him down to discuss his background and what has been inspiring him of late.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I was made to take piano lessons when I was 4 and music theory. I hated it, but in hindsight I’m grateful to have done it. I gave up but shortly chose to pick it up again and I picked up the trumpet and guitar along the way.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I’m kinda embarrassed by this but I remember buying The Rasmus “Dead Letters” album in HMV.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I had an indie rock band at uni called Taming The Savage and we were the biggest band on campus at York University. Because of the name, people at first thought we were a heavy metal band and we were had our own “I tamed the savage” badges.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
‘Only’ by RY X. The repeated line “I was only falling in love” is so simple yet so poignant and it hits you right to the core.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
There’s no better feeling than finishing a song that you’re proud of. It’s like therapy.
And what about the most frustrating part?
The feeling of banging your head against the wall and nothing comes out.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Bon Iver and Snow Patrol. Also I feel like I’d have a lot to learn from Ed Sheeran on how he manages to interact with his audience at shows.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I will forever be creating. I see myself with a few more albums under my belt, with a bigger trusted team around me, taking it as far as I possibly can.
Josh Savage's new single 'Young Fools' is available to stream now. Watch the new video for it below.