Event: VOLAR Presents SAVAGE
Date: 24th March (Thursday)
Time: 10pm till late
At The Door:
Before 12:30AM $300 w/ 2 drinks
After 12:30AM $350 w/ 2 drinks
It’s no secret that Savage is a local star with two # 1 records under his belt for 2005’s “Swing” and “Moonshine”, but it was a breakthrough international placement in hit US comedy “Knocked Up” that turned our local hero into an overnight star in America. “Swing” was placed in a pivotal bar scene in the block buster movie that let the rest of the world know what us kiwi’s have been saying for a long time- Savage is a platinum star, a big man with a big voice and even bigger talent.
Home in New Zealand to release his debut US album “Savage Island”, the South Auckland MC is adapting back to life outside of the fast paced world of Hollywood & New York.
A recap for the un-initiated: Savage is a founding member of New Zealand most prolific Hip Hop group the Deceptikonz that first stormed the NZ Top 10 chart with the # 2 debut album “Elimination” in 2002. Fame and acclaim followed quickly and with this strong foundation in place it wasn’t long before Savage’s powerful voice found itself on Gold & Platinum certified hit’s “Stop, Drop & Roll” and a scene stealing guest feature on Scribe’s “Not Many Remix”.
No doubt about it Savage was on a quick path to the top and he proved in late 2004 that he had what it takes as a solo artist delivering his biggest hit “Swing” which instantly went # 1 in New Zealand. With his big voice at the front of his solo project “Moonshine” Savage followed that success with another # 1 single that spent 7 weeks in the top spot and introduced the world to future superstar called Akon. “Moonshine” was certified Platinum in June 2005 and was Akon’s first # 1 hit record anywhere in the world.
With Momentum on his side Savage was put on the road to promote the single and performed in over 42 cities across the United States including regional stops in the Mid-west, Down South, west coast, East coast, Hawaii, Mexico and extended stays in LA & New York. The performances including supporting slots with superstars like The Game, David Banner, Flo-Rida, Pitbull, Soulja Boy and a host of other A-List celebrities, in short a life changing experience.
Sounds Incredible? It was, and by August 2008 Savage had a RIAA certified Gold Single (500,000) and was whisked away to Atlanta to record what would become his debut US album “Savage Island” and his second album for New Zealand and Australia fans.
Benny D’s guidance lead to guest features from current US hit song writers Rock City (who penned “When I grow up” for Pussy Cat Dolls) on the club anthem and current NZ single “Hot Like Fire” and united Savage with super producer Dallas Austin backed rapper A-Leon from Da Backwudz.
The Result? Savage’s hit single went on to be RIAA certified platinum in November 2008 and currently stands at over 1.8 million singles sold, the highest selling New Zealand single in American history. The album ‘Savage Island” was released in America and instantly hit the Billboard Heat Seekers chart at # 12 and the Billboard R&B / Hip Hop chart at # 25, another history making milestone for a New Zealand artist.
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