“A lot of very talented upcoming artists weren’t successful or probably didn’t stay long in the business because they were trying to be someone else. It’s good to have someone you look up to but creating your own style always makes you stand out.”
Check out the interview with Davy Sage exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Davy Sage: Music has always been part of me since I was a kid. I remembered being a part of the church worship team when I was 12 to writing my own poems and rhymes when I was in high school. And also growing up in an environment where music was widely embraced; right from mainstream pop to hip hop to afro-pop to jazz. Moving to Canada was a breakthrough because I got a lot of opportunities to work with amazing producers and good management who sees the business side of music and supported me.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My best advice is to be yourself. A lot of very talented upcoming artists weren’t successful or probably didn’t stay long in the business because they were trying to be someone else. It’s good to have someone you look up to but creating your own style always makes you stand out. That also requires patience and hard work.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
We are in a business that gets more interesting as we progress in our career. Challenges are what fuels me to work harder, learn more, and grow in the business. I believe making good music isn’t a challenge for artists like me if we got the resources, but the promotion or the business aspect could be for some upcoming and indie artists.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
It is very tough no doubt, but a lot has changed in the music business by creating more avenues for indie and upcoming artists to promote their music. Thanks to social media for making it easy compared to back in the days when radio play was probably one of the only or major sources to promote your music and be known. However, making quality music is still the number one step if any artist wants to get noticed.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from Regina in Saskatchewan, a province in Western Canada. It’s filled with amazing talents. It’s a city that embraces different genres of music, with different activities going on but I’m positive my music will take me to bigger cities where there is more competition and opportunities.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I love making music and performing live to my audience because that’s the best way to stay connected with them. With my EP dropping this summer and other projects on the way, I see myself travelling more on tours and gaining more fans across the world.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My inspiration comes from different sources. I love writing about things that revolve around me and always like to bring that good vibe to my music. I’m inspired by good and successful artists like Akon, Usher, FloRida, and the legendary Fela Kuti King of afro-pop. These artists I mentioned have positively influenced the entertainment industry giving lots of upcoming artists reason to work hard and dream big.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Like I said, a lot has changed in the music business. And new music is being released everyday which to me represents creativity. Do I like it? I do appreciate talent and I guess that answers the question.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official Website: www.davysage.com