Maverick Sabre has toured with Snoop Dogg, worked with Chase And Status and Cee-Lo Green and won an NME Award for his single with Professor Green.
A new force in UK urban soul, he comes from the same mould as Plan B (in fact they were once flatmates).
Following the success of his debut single, Let Me Go, his new single, I Need, is out on November 7. His debut album, Lonely Are The Brave, is out in January.
After appearing at Bestival last month, he has three live dates this autumn, including a show at the Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday.
He spoke to JODIE JEYNES ahead of his Southsea gig,
How would you describe your music?
Hip hop inspired soulful folk music. When I say ‘soul’, I don’t specifically mean the genre of soul, I mean all the music I write is from my heart and soul. Music is how I express myself, so my songs are diaries of my life.
And, when I say ‘folk’, I don’t specifically mean the genre of folk. I take inspiration from stories, like drawing from the origin of folklore. Before there were recording capabilities for music, it was used to move people and tell stories. I love telling stories through my songs.
And, at the end of the day, I’m a hip hop head at heart. So, with all that blended together, it’s all inspired by hip hop.
How was Bestival for you?
Bestival was a great festival. It was my final one for the summer and the crowd were heavy. It definitely ended the season with a bang.
How do feel about going out on tour?
I can’t wait. Live performances bring music back to its roots, getting the emotion in the songs straight to the people in the crowd.
Forget chart positions and numbers of sales, live touring is where the real response to your music is shown. You can see every night which songs connected with people and which didn’t, which lyrics mean the most and which one caught people’s attention.
What can we expect from your Wedgewood Rooms gig?
Just expect a bit of everything I do, from the mixtape, to the EP, to the features and unheard tracks from the album. I just want people to have a good night of music, nothing flashy or fancy. I just want to bring it back to roots-level a bit and get people to know me a bit more.
At this early stage in your career, what’s been the highlight so far?
Probably going back to the town I was raised in (New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland) to shoot the video for I Need and getting to see the support from people back home. It was a great experience, one that really humbled me.
What are your hopes for the album?
That people like it, enjoy the music, can play it to their kids in 50 years time. And – most of all – that people feel like I’m just speaking to them on a level and understanding what situations they’re in at whatever point in their life. That’s what music from people such as Tupac Shakur and Bob Dylan did for me.
Music is a universal language.
I put my soul into this record, so I hope people can hear it.
Maverick Sabre is at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Wednesday with support from current chart star Delilah.
Tickets cost £10.50 from (023) 9286 3911 or on the door from 8pm.