From afar, the lifetime of a musician seems to be carefree. They aren’t losing hours of their day on a commute to a soulless job the place from the minute they punch in to the minute they punch out they’re on the beck and name of a brainless center supervisor. OK, which may be a really particular instance, however what we’re saying is that almost all of us assume the lifetime of a musician is an easygoing existence. Maybe that is true of some rappers, however within the case of Brennan Savage, we couldn’t probably be extra mistaken.
Savage could not have the commute or the brain-dead boss, however he’s continually grinding. There isn’t any off time for Savage as tune concepts continually percolate inside his head, compelling him to get within the studio each single evening.
“I write 5 songs a day,” Savage says. “A few of them nonetheless must be executed completely, it has to come back collectively. There’s loads of songs written on my cellphone that haven’t been used. And there’s loads of songs that I’ve recorded that may by no means go anyplace. I don’t like to return and alter issues, so if it really works it really works, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. Transfer on to the following.”
The outdated cliché in writing is you can’t be afraid to kill your darlings—that means that you simply generally have to chop stuff you love for the great of the piece—however Savage takes it to a brand new stage. He’s really sadistic within the variety of potential hits he axes with no need to ever revisit them.
Whereas he has all the time been a prolific author, spending time in lockdown with completely nothing else to do solely elevated his creativity. His house studio was all the time sitting there, prepared for Savage ought to he wish to lay some tracks down.
“[The pandemic] positively pressured me to jot down extra and be extra artistic,” he says, “however I don’t assume it actually modified something. My songwriting is all the time altering simply primarily based on life. I’ll hearken to older songs and assume, ‘What was I considering?’”
At present, Savage is engaged on the follow-up to 2021’s “DARKROOM.” Contemplating it was launched a matter of months—not years—in the past, this can be a additional testomony to the rapper’s continuous dedication to the grind. The album remains to be very a lot a piece in progress, however from what he’s shared thus far, it must be a soundtrack indicative of the occasions.
“Numerous it’s fairly typical to what I do vibe-wise,” Savage says of the but to be completed album. “Numerous darkish melodies, loads of minor chord progressions, stuff like that. It’s extraordinarily advanced within the sense that I’ve put a shitload extra work into this than I’ve ever put into something. The most recent stuff you strive your hardest on, hopefully my followers will really feel the identical.
“COVID positively pushed my work ethic to new limits,” he continues. “I attempted loads of totally different shit I wouldn’t usually do as a result of now it’s regular for me to be within the studio day-after-day.”
Savage could say he’s within the studio day-after-day, however what he actually means is each evening. His studio classes are inclined to not even begin till round midnight and infrequently run till daybreak or past. Recording throughout the day simply doesn’t work for him.
A part of the attract of Savage’s distinctive tackle emo rap is his breadth of fashion. As a music fan, Savage largely listens to total tasks in a sitting versus selecting out a few tracks for a playlist and transferring on. Albums ought to have ebbs and flows to them; each tune can’t be going full-bore.
“I’ve a combination of stuff on it,” he explains. “A few of my newer album is extra hype, like, present songs. I like to make these kinds of songs, however I additionally actually get pleasure from writing emotional ballads that folks can actually hook up with.”
The variety of Savage’s influences replicate this mindset. Except for his pricey pal Lil Peep and the scene he constructed, Savage was closely influenced by basic rock and people music. His father listened to a ton of Bob Dylan and Elton John, which considerably formed his son’s musical tastes. “I’ve listened to loads of nation and people, that’s in all probability what primarily conjures up my lyrics,” Savage says. “The storytelling facet of folks music is one thing I carry into my lyrics on my emotional stuff.”
Along with listening to touches of Dylan and John in Savage’s songs, you’ll discover portraits of them in his tattoo assortment. Take one have a look at Savage’s intensive assortment of black-and-grey portraiture and all of it begins to make sense—he fairly actually wears his inspiration on his sleeves. In his tattoos you’ll discover portraits of Lil Peep, Jim Morrison, Sting, Anthony Kiedis, Anthony Bourdain, Quentin Tarantino, Andy Warhol and Beethoven nestled in alongside portraits of his grandmother and a cousin who handed away.
“It’s all individuals who encourage me. Some are memorial tats, clearly,” he says. “I simply love the way in which portraits look too. There’s nothing extra spectacular than a fantastic portrait tattoo. It was surprising after I noticed [the work of Casiano Torres, Savage’s go-to artist]. I used to be like, ‘Holy shit. I would like that.’”
Savage has developed a robust friendship with Torres as they’ve labored collectively on many alternative tattoos, trusting him with all of his most necessary work. There’s just one different artist Savage will put full belief in—himself. He not too long ago shared a photograph of a marijuana leaf tattoo that he did on his personal leg and, to be fully trustworthy, it’s not half unhealthy. The colours are saturated properly and it truly appears to be like like what it’s speculated to be, which, when speaking about house tattoos, is kind of the feat.
“Every time I get tattooed I like to look at very intently and I’ve had loads of time in that chair,” he says. “I all the time ask questions and my artist has given me a bunch of ideas. I understand how to do it. Clearly, I can’t execute it correctly but, however I’ll get there.”
Realizing what we do of Savage’s work ethic, we wouldn’t be stunned if we have been that includes him in our Scene part in a few years. Till then, he’ll carry on doing what’s gotten him this far—placing all the pieces he has into his music.