Saavi, a Bay-Area based artist, grew up in Redwood City, CA in a single-parent household. As a child, Saavi turned to music as an outlet from various obstacles she faced. Saavi began writing her own music at the age of 8 years old. She joined the local Church Choir for most of her middle-school and high school career, and performed numerous times alongside a professional dance team across the state of California both singing and dancing. Hip-hip/Rap grabbed her attention at a very early age as she used it as a clutch to aid her through personal struggles. Iconic artists such as Eminem, Tupac, and Biggie, to name a few, played a huge impact on not only Saavi’s passion for rap music, but it allowed her to overcome the very obstacles that she believed would ultimately suppress her. Rap became a large part of her life at an early age and has been prominent in her life since.
Where are you based?
I am based out of the Bay Area.
How long have you been making music?
I started making music just about 2 years ago.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
I consider my music to be part of the rap/hip-hop genre.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I have loved music since I was a child. I used to sing in the local church choir and at performances across the Bay Area. One day, I came to terms with the fact that if I didn’t take a chance on myself, that I would eventually regret it. So, here I am!
What are your biggest musical influences?
There are a handful of musical artists who have all played a part in paving my path to a music career, but two of my biggest musical influences are Christina Aguilera and Tupac. As a child, I loved to sing. I was part of the local church choir, and took years of vocal lessons. I idolized Christina Aguilera and her ability to exercise her vocal cords so gracefully. Being born and raised in the Bay Area, Tupac has been, and continues to be, one of the most prominent musical forces throughout my journey. When I was younger, my dad would play me various hip hop artists-Tupac being one of them-and as I got older, I began to really understand his lyrics and developed a newfound respect for his rhyme schemes. I idolize every single aspect of his career and how influential he became.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I am currently an independent artist.
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
My biggest challenge thus far would have to be securing the amount of time I would like to be able to devote to my music career. I currently work a full-time job, so dedicating the time I would like to work in the studio has been tough. Even though I haven’t invested as much time as I‘d like, I’ve managed to find a balance between my job and my passion.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I currently have released seven singles to date.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
My latest single “All That,” out now on all platforms, is a confidence-driven song. I wrote this song as a reminder that no matter what is going on in life and what battles I may face, that I am the one who defines my worth. I sincerely believe there is no competition in this life other than being a better version of yourself. I’m always working harder to be better than I was yesterday. My hope is that when my fans play this song they are uplifted and showered with confidence. I have another single dropping very soon. It’s called “Say What You Say.” In “Say What You Say,” I reflect on reactions and thoughts I have had to a lot of things I was hearing or being told about my choice in music and how I could never make it work. My mentality has always been if you’re going to say something, make sure you stick to it. So, to everyone who has something to say to or about me, my message is to simply “Say What You Say,” but know that it won’t ever change what I’m doing or change who I am.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
I am always working on new music and I plan to continue to release more music before the years end.