Welcome back to the twelveth feature from the Collective Series by The Idle Man. Where we meet up with interesting men who either work in the creative industry, or we just admire the work they do. Styled in our most recent collections, drops, and photographed by our Editor Cal McIntyre, read the full feature below as we believe it's more about what we do, rather than what we wear. To shop the products Maverick Sabre is wearing simply click the images.
Meet Maverick Sabre, some of you might already be familiar with Sabre, the Irish born musician became a household name back in 2011 with his first single release. Since then Sabre has been dipping in and out of the music scene dropping albums and collaborating with various artists over the years. Now coming back on the scene once again the British soul singer is returning with his new and exciting album, ‘When I Wake Up’ which will feature his recent single with Jorja Smith, ‘Slow Down’ and his latest video for 'Glory'. The visual, shot between the stunning Wicklow mountains at sunrise and the harsher, high-rise landscapes of Darndale and Ballymun, unpicks the thoughts, feelings, emotions and escapisms of a tight-knit community of young men. This is a taster for what the entire album compasses with it's soul.
Born into music Sabre first took to stage as an MC at just 14 years old. Quickly making a name for himself he supported acts in the small Irish hip-hop scene that was around. Later on, as Sabre started to write his first album he was still finding his own style of singing, learning his own tone.
What he came out with next was an incredible mix of genres creating an expressive, fiery yet tender sound. Showing off his soulful singing abilities the small town MC went straight into the charts with “Let Me Go” in 2011 which went to number 16, giving him his first chance to be recognised nationally.
After his first album release in 2012 Sabre went on to feature in various collaborations with a range of other artists including Professor Green with ‘Jungle’, Chase & Status with ‘Fire In Your Eyes’ and with Jorja Smith with ‘Carry Me Home’ which featured on Jorja’s EP ‘Project 11’. There’s often a sense of joy and passion when watching a collaboration between artists who share the same interests and ideas in music, Sabre’s most recent collaboration with Jorja Smith in “Slow Down”, is a powerful song about two people going through something similar to each other without knowing. Listening to them complimenting each other’s soulful voices is magical with the honesty and truth coming out of the story which everyone can relate to.
After taking some time out travelling and exploring the world in search of inspiration, Sabre’s next venture which was released today with his new album “When I Wake Up”. The soul singer has been drip feeding us singles before the release of the full album and we’ve been listening to them. His recent singles to have dropped are ‘Drifting’, ‘Her Grace’ and of course ‘Slow Down’. Creating more anticipation with every single released it’s clear to see his comeback is going to be as big as ever.
As the chaos is mounting with his album release and tour dates fast approaching, The Idle Man is putting on the breaks to sit down with Sabre to find out more about the man behind his music.
You’ve become a big name in British music since you first came on the scene in 2011, what’s the best/crazy thing that’s happened to you?
The best thing has been being able to put out 3 studio albums in that time. I always wanted to put out great bodies of work, and I’m proud that I’ve made it this far… With many more to come.
You took a long break between your albums previously, are you planning on taking another break or are you already thinking of plans for more new music?
Nah I’ve already got a lot of the next record ready… Think I want to start doing an album every year and a bit.
How to do like to enjoy your downtime?
Make tunes, go to the pub, watch Arsenal, watch documentaries.
What inspired you to create “When I Wake Up”?
The world around me and what’s been going on in my own head for the last 2/3 years. Then I wanted to put all that into a project that felt like a soundtrack… A moment away from everything into the movie in my head.
What does the general day look like for Maverick Sabre?
Wake up. Go to the studio. Come home to make tunes. Possibly go to a friends house and make tunes. Then fly to the moon on the back of a jazz guitar.
Who do you think influenced your music style?
The music around me growing up. From my dads influences to my sisters, to bits I found when I started producing. The diversity in what was around me.
Which song do you feel like you connect most with on your next album?
Probably drifting. It’s one of the most unique tunes I’ve ever made and really speaks to my heart every time I hear it… Releasing it was a vulnerable moment for me because it was so different.