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Over three years since releasing his sophomore full-length, Innerstanding, London based singer, songwriter and rapper Maverick Sabre is gearing up to release his new record, When I Wake Up. Preceded by lead tracks Drifting and the recently unveiled Her Grace, Mav has also confirmed a full UK headline tour for March and April 2019. The live dates follow his recent return to the stage, playing a headline show at London’s Jazz Cafe in November 2018, and joining BRITS Critics Choice winner Jorja Smith on a selection of European dates.
On Her Grace, Maverick Sabre teams up with Chronixx for an expression of male society’s ignorance of women’s issues. “I suppose I wanted to get across a care and understanding from a man’s point of view looking in on these struggles with compassion and love,” he says, “enough to try and change things.” His collaboration with Chronixx, he adds, was natural. “I sent this to Chronixx as a rough guide and he sent back two verses the next day with his message of what he wanted to convey.”
The video mirrors the intended power of the song. Directed by Shaun Grace, it depicts the emotional turbulence and aftermath of domestic abuse. “With each of the videos for this album I’ve wanted to tell strong, emotive stories that carry across the feeling and message of the song,” Mav explains.
With When I Wake Up due for release on 22 March 2019, Maverick Sabre will be hitting the road into April, including a headline performance at London’s Electric Brixton.
“This tour is a return for me,” he tells us. “A return back to where I love being the most. On stage performing my music to the people. This third album has been a beautiful process creating it and I’m looking forward to giving that emotion the best way I can and getting the feeling across of each record as connectively as possibly. I feel like a new artist coming back with that same hunger I had at 17, but with a matured understanding of my voice and myself as a performer.”
We caught up with Mav to find out the songs that will be keeping him entertained, and raring to go, on the road. Check out Maverick Sabre’s Tour Bus Playlist below.
2Pac – I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto
“Tupac has been one of my biggest inspirations growing up. To this day his lyrics and message resonate with me as much as they did when I first heard him. The verses in this song always grabbed me. Tupac is a must for any of my tour playlists.”
Damien Dempsey – Apple Of My Eye
“Dempsey is one of the greatest storytellers and voices to come out of Ireland and he carries the spirit of Luke Kelly and all that went before him through his voice. He inspires me as a writer and performer. This song nearly brings me to tears when I hear it every time.”
Klasnekoff – All I Got
“Another massive lyrical inspiration here. This song got me through a lot of years! Klash will always be in any tour playlist.”
Otis Reading – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
“Otis is one of the great teachers in my opinion for any male vocalist. His voice transcends any boundaries to the point it just becomes a feeling because it’s that powerful. This song show it off at his finest!”
The Stranglers – Golden Brown
“Just because it’s one of the greatest songs ever written in my opinion. Puts me in a place that nothing I’ve heard reminds me of. A classic!”
Catch Maverick Sabre on the following dates:
29 March 2019 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
30 March 2019 – Academy, Dublin
1 April 2019 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
2 April 2019 – Epic Studios, Norwich
4 April 2019 – The Wardrobe, Leeds
5 April 2019 – Club Academy, Manchester
6 April 2019 – Arts Club, Liverpool
8 April 2019 – Concorde 2, Brighton
10 April 2019 – O2 Institute2, Birmingham
11 April 2019 – Electric Ballroom, London
12 April 2019 – Phoenix, Exeter
13 April 2019 – The Trinity Centre, Bristol
Tickets for Maverick Sabre’s first UK tour in five years are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.