“When I Wake Up”
Having been propelled into the forefront of British music in 2011, with the single “I Need” and debut album “Lonely Are The Brave”, Maverick Sabre has become a household name, known for his powerful voice and soulful sound.
Now embarking on the release of his third project, “When I Wake Up”, Maverick caught up with PAUSE to detail his Irish heritage, fashion mistakes and tells a crazy story about how the album cover for his latest album was taken.
Am I right that you started off rapping?
I did start out rapping and I still spit now. I started as an MC when I was 15 and I was making beats, I first started producing hip-hop and grime beats and stuff like that when I was about 15. And then I was spitting for a couple of years and when I first started doing shows I was spitting on the Irish Hip-hop scene.
When did you first realise you could sing?
When I first started spitting I lived in a small town in Ireland and I had no one to sing any of the choruses. I could sing so I was like ‘screw it let me start singing my choruses myself seeing as I can’t rely on anyone else,’ and as I went further on in music I just started developing my voice more and more, started singing and putting melodies into my lyrics more and that eventually came into me writing full songs as a singer.
What was the inspiration behind the picture on the cover?
The album’s called when I wake up and it was taken from the second song I released which was Her Grace and it’s the starting lyric of it and in a weird way the album cover kind of ties in to the title of the album because we were in Ballymun, which is in North Dublin, and we were shooting drifting, the first video and I was staying with my friend who’s the lead character, Linco (Ryan Lincoln), brilliant actor, and the night before we were shooting at about 11 o’clock we were shooting inside a caravan and it was the drinking and the chilling out scene, it was kind of intense and these four little kids came up to the car and they were 10/11 years of age and this was about 11/12 o’clock at night in the middle of nowhere, they cycled up and they’re like “can we be in the video, can we bring our horses” and I thought they were chatting shit to be fair and I said to them “come down in the morning, bring your horses, but come at 9, no later”.
So, I’ve woken up ready to shoot at Linco’s and we hear this knock on the door 9 o’clock in the morning, these are 10/11-year-old boys in the middle of an estate, and we open the door and the image you see is what we took. We open the door and say “oh my god that looks sick stay right there” and Hector my boy came and took the shot and that was it.
What’s your style like now, more smart casual?
Yeah, I’m more a smart casual. I went through a period where I was mad into my soul tunes, which I always am, but I started wearing tight-fitting (clothes) and I wanted to feel more like Marvin Gaye, the beigey cream outfits. I’m trying to find my middle ground now. I’m a big tartan fan I see everyone recently wearing loads of tartan, so I’ve been trying to rock that for the past couple of years. Slick and smart man! I love my Stone Island, love my Nike and stuff like that.
‘Maverick’s powerful new album ‘When I Wake Up’ is out now – take a listen here‘