Universal Motown Presents Savage, Australia’s #1 Hip-Hop Artist

Impressed with his charisma and booming vocals, a number of high profile US artists began soliciting remix requests from Savage for their releases, including AKON’s hit "Locked Up" and the David Banner feat Lil Boosie remix for "Ain’t Got Nothin.”

Universal Motown Presents Australia’s #1 Hip-Hop Artist Savage
Lead single "Swing" featuring Soulja Boy Tell’em

Savage Highlights

Top 30 at Rhythmic (with a bullet)
234,691 digital singles sold to date (with no promotion)
2X Platinum album & single in Australia

About Savage

The film “Knocked Up” may have made stars of actors Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogan, but it also introduced moviegoers to the music of SAVAGE, an artist already established on his home turf of New Zealand. A song called “Swing,” in a pivotal bar scene in the blockbuster movie, let the rest of the world know what Kiwis have been saying for some time now – Savage is a big man with a big voice and an even bigger talent.

A recap for the un-initiated: Savage is a founding member of one New Zealand’s most respected Hip Hop crews, the Deceptikonz. The act stormed to #2 on the New Zealand Top 10 with their debut album “Elimination.” Fame and acclaim followed; with this strong foundation in place it wasn’t long before Savage’s powerful voice found itself at the front of a solo project entitled "Moonshine."
“Moonshine,” produced by Platinum Atlanta based producer Sol Messiah (Young Jeezy, Chamillionaire, Nappy Rootz, Dead Prez), multi Platinum producer AKON and ATP from Beat Kamp Muzik, was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2005. An instant success in New Zealand and Australia (it was on this album that the single “Swing” debuted), “Moonshine” racked up a #1 chart position and Platinum certification. The second single, “Moonshine feat AKON,” did the same.

Impressed with his charisma and booming vocals, a number of high profile US artists began soliciting remix requests from Savage for their releases, including AKON’s hit "Locked Up" and the David Banner feat Lil Boosie remix for "Ain’t Got Nothin.”

The complete package (re-mixer/artist/songwriter), Savage took any and all opportunities and relentlessly toured across NZ & Australia to solidify his brand of “Samoan Down South Hip Hop” (just try and find another!). International tour dates with Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs N’ Harmony and Ice Cube followed.

"Live performance is where I’m at my best, I can really show my personality and smash the audience and my fans with my big sound" laughs Savage. "I have a big voice and an even bigger presence when I get on the MIC…so if you weren’t listening before I get on, you’ll definitely be listening – and probably waving your hands – by the time the MIC goes off.”

Savage realized he had to find a special opportunity to bring his eclectic brand of hip hop to the States and he found his answer with last summer’s box office smash film, “Knocked Up.” The placement of "Swing" in “Knocked Up” was a pivotal point in the breakthrough comedy and the director loved it so much he requested the song be used in the opening menu of the DVD.

Spending time in LA and moving forward with what is sure to be the beginning of a long music career, Savage is spending the summer recording new material with top US producers as well as working on a new US remix to “Swing.”
With over 350,000 units sold internationally in combined records and singles, two # 1 hit records in the Asia Pacific region representing over 13 weeks in the top position and 3 X Platinum & 2 X Gold plaques, Savage is poised to get the whole world to “Swing”!

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