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Moments To Sabre
London by the way of Wexford and back again, it's been a strange journey for the man with the voice you just can't pinpoint. Since Maverick Sabre last spoke to Hot Press things have really taken off for the "male Amy Winehouse."
Craig Fitzpatrick, 17 Oct 2011
Maverick Sabre is backstage at London’s Camden Roundhouse and we’re talking attire.
“I’m performing my new single ‘I Need’ at the Digital Music Awards,” explains Sabre. “A red carpet job, should be alright…”
You’d think a crisp suit would be the order of the day.
“Naaah,” he drawls with a chuckle. “No suits around here. Well, I’ve got a nice little cord shirt. Stick a pair of Adidas runners on and that’s me!”
He does have street credentials to protect. Of course, we’re sure Mr. Michael Stafford would much rather be sat in his flat scribbling lyrics about the real social issues affecting his generation or drifting off to 2Pac records than getting his photo taken. Maybe. Such are the contradictions facing the Hackney-born, one-time resident of New Ross. The fresh-faced 21-year-old talking about his “hard slog” in the industry. The poet rapping about tough times whilst touring with Professor Green, Chase & Status and The Script (“Danny was lovely, he came into my dressing-room and told me he’s into my music” he notes). And yet, not for nothing is he earning such plaudits. Put it down to the old head on young shoulders. Put it down to his musical melting pot. A little hip hop drizzled with dubstep, reggae, a little Plan B soul – something for all ‘the kids’. Put it down to the fact that every time he opens his mouth onstage, he seems to have the ability to startle.
Tonight’s performance is another positive step towards the January release of his debut album.
“Everything’s ticking over nicely,” says Maverick. “The first single ‘Let Me Go’ went top 20 for two weeks and the video got nearly three million YouTube views. I’ve just shot the video for ‘I Need’ back in New Ross actually. I got in a bit of the Dublin mountains, a bit on the DART… That got half a million views in one week.”
He’s bolstering his critical credentials to match that populist appeal. A nomination for Best Newcomer at the Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards 2011 is nothing to be sniffed at.