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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
“There is that side to the industry…” he says tentatively. “But it’s everyone’s individual preference. That’s prevalent in every part of life anyway, as much in music as if you’re a builder or working in an office. Drugs and all that are always going to be there. It’s everyone’s own choice whether they involve themselves in it or not.”
With Amy’s death, a strong female voice was silenced forever. The leading lights of the new generation of r&b and hip hop seem to chiefly preach inclusivity and respect, but the remnants of misogyny still remain in the genre, if not music as a whole.
“I wouldn’t say women aren’t being heard entirely but maybe the female voice isn’t as loud as it used to be. You used to have artists like Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu – who’s still going to be fair – pushing out
positive messages to young women. We need to see more of that.”
Sabre took matters into his own hands with single ‘Look What I’ve Done’ and a lyric keen to empathise with the opposite sex.
“I can’t speak for new female artists and I’m not knocking them whatsoever. Everyone does their own thing. But with ‘Look What I’ve Done’, I felt, as a man, that it needed to be spoken about.”
That’s Maverick in a nutshell - a man with a message. He looks around and sees old friends struggling to find work, struggling to find hope. His songs are built for hard times.
“Definitely. How can you ignore that amount of unemployed people your own age? Even if you look at the London Riots, how can you have something like that going on and have nobody even speaking about it in music? I was in London during it all. It was quite tense to say the least. Music was always supposed to be a representation of what’s going on, especially with the youth. Telling a story and moving people – that’s where the roots came from, even before there was any recording. I think we should bring that back a bit.”
‘I Need‘ is out now on Mercury Records. Maverick