Josh Savage

Josh Savage

 Winchester, England, GBR
SoloFolkAcoustic

Described as "The most promising new young artist to emerge in Winchester in years" by Graze Festival and one of "Ten Artists to Watch" by the Huffington Post. The British singer/songwriter's intercontinental touring and self-releases are causing a stir in the music industry with 'Spaces EP' hitting #28 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts without any promotion.

Raised in Paris, Josh Savage also writes and sings in French with 'Quatre Épines EP' to be released in late 2015.

Biography

Josh Savage sang before he spoke, lulling himself to sleep in his Paris cot. Born in England and relocated to France after his father borrowed a tie and went for an interview on the way back from the Italia 90 World Cup, Josh inherited that ‘Let’s see what happens if we try this’ attitude.  

This same approach to life led him to being selected at the age of 8 as a treble soloist for l’Académie Vocale de Paris. He astounded many when, at the age of 11, he stepped in with only 1 week’s notice, learning the solo treble part in Hebrew in the 3rd Chichester Psalm by Leonard Bernstein to perform with the adult choir at the American Cathedral in Paris. Returning to live in Winchester, Josh was immediately selected to join the National Children’s Choir as a soloist, touring Australia and New Zealand.

He has now so far supported acts as diverse as Razorlight, Rizzle Kicks, Reverend and the Makers, Roll Deep and even some acts with names that don’t begin with ‘R’ such as Benjamin Francis Leftwich, John Hiatt and Catfish & The Bottlemen- although of course he couldn’t resist performing in front of Royalty in Dubai.

From emulating the music his parents played as a baby, Josh still soothes, excites, and engages his audience, with Huffington Post naming him in ‘Ten Artists to Watch’ and saying “Fantastic song writing and a resonant, rich voice, Josh exhibits real skill as a musician and singer”. Josh was acclaimed 'BEST OF 2014' by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson who also praised the lead track of Josh’s French EP; "'Quatre Épines' est déjà formidable... Loving 'Quatre Épines'”. His self-released EP 'Spaces' charted #28 in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.

Josh did a music degree at the University of York and his band Taming The Savage was named by York Vision as “Best band on campus”. He featured regularly on BBC Introducing and was a trumpeter for Soultana.  Josh has gigged extensively across the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, and the Middle East whilst constantly striving to learn and improve- or at least ‘Try again and fail better’ as he sings on Lost In Paris

Josh has gigged extensively across the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, and the Middle East whilst constantly striving to learn and improve- or at least ‘Try again and fail better’ as he sings on Lost In Paris. In February 2015, Josh flung himself out to the America with only three shows in the diary, he came back having played 33 shows across 15 states including an official showcase at SXSW. 

Josh has self-released two EPs; ‘Mountains In Hurricanes’ and ‘Spaces’.  His track Mountains In Hurricanes has been a regular feature on BBC Introducing and received critical acclaim from the radio panel.  Reviewing the song on the BBC, Ian Sillett of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music said “His vocal timbre is really warm, it’s on point… The string arrangement is beautiful”.  Mountains In Hurricanes has taken off across the world and was remixed by Austrian DJs Wild Culture. Josh was particularly delighted to hear a university friend report that they had heard it being played in a pizza café in Istanbul. On his most recent EP 'Spaces' the track Lost In Paris was produced by Julian Simmons, whose credits include Ed Sheeran and The Guillemots amongst others.

His performances vary from playing solo, with a string trio, or sometimes with a full band. Josh writes all his own material and string arrangements, organises his own gigs, record production, and promotion- although he gratefully acknowledges the support from those around him, including his boss from Josh’s job working in a special needs school, who volunteered to help out as Tour Manager during the busy festival season. 

This is just the beginning of Josh’s career and he looks set to rise and rise given the response he gets; just rewards for beautifully written lyrics, catchy melodies, and an ability to get all ages and tastes involved in a sing-along.

Lyrics

Mountains In Hurricanes

Written By: Josh Savage

It doesn't matter if we're cursed or blessed
We're all a bit Achillian
You took an arrow to the chest
And the wound is still open
If it's too much, give me a call
But I doubt that too much will be enough

You can take it all
You can take on mountains in hurricanes
And if you fall...
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith

It's hard to look back and compare it all to before
So you take a trip for seashore air
'Til the salt sets in and forgets to sting
If it's too much, give me a call
But I doubt that too much will be enough

You can take it all
You can take on mountains in hurricanes
And if you fall...
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith

I'll give more than that
I'll give more than that just to see you back on track
Track

You can take it all
You can take on mountains in hurricanes
And if you fall...
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith
I'll give you my bones to break 'cause I have faith
Faith

Your Lips

Written By: Josh Savage

New bonds won't stretch thin
In this high tech world we live in
I could see ours rust across our shores
Then I stumble upon clues
And I see them haunt you
You're so scared to tell the truth

And it hurt
It hurt, it stung and it burned
And that was my lesson learned
But it came from your lips
We can hope again

Don't count it forgotten
Though it's always forgiven
I know we're too young to linger now

And it hurt
It hurt, it stung and it burned
And that was my lesson learned
But it came from your lips
And it hurt
It hurt, it stung and it burned
But the tables may have turned
When it came from your lips
We can hope again

And it hurt
It hurt, it stung and it burned
And that was my lesson learned
But it came from your lips
And it hurt
It hurt, it stung and it burned
But the tables may have turned
When it came from your lips
We can hope again

Lost In Paris

Written By: Josh Savage

Enough twigs and leaves
There is only the sky
Fly loose to the eddies of the wind
Follow blind
Or now, you could take a safe bet
But you might just live to regret it

If all is lost and there's nothing left at stake
Don't watch the dust layer over your heartache
If all is lost, go find your abyss
Go get lost in Paris
Go get lost in Paris

If there's time to think, don't think of time
And know if you sink, there's still beauty in brine
Or now, you could take a safe bet
But you might just owe yourself a debt

If all is lost and there's nothing left at stake
Don't watch the dust layer over your heartache
if all is lost, go find your abyss
Go get lost in Paris
Go get lost in Paris

And try again and fail better
And try again and fail better

If all is lost and there's nothing left at stake
Don't watch the dust layer over your heartache
if all is lost, go find your abyss
Go get lost in Paris
Go get lost in Paris

The Boatmaker

Written By: Josh Savage

I'm a boatmaker to the bone
From the day that I was born
I hoped we'd venture the seas alone
But you raincheck again
Turn sweat to tears again

I built a special boat for you
And etched your name into the stern
I hoped you'd come and see it too
But you raincheck again
Turn sweat to tears again

You've caused floods now my dear
And I'm steering well clear
On my boat
On our boat
And I still long for you my dear
But I'm steering well clear
On my boat
On our boat

And if I'm not good enough for you
Come forward and see me through
This hurts more than it needs to
But you raincheck again
Turn sweat to tears again

Now you have floods now my dear
And I'm steering well clear
On my boat
On our boat
And I still long for you my dear
But I'm steering well clear
On my boat
On our boat

There's no sun for me here
I've endured storms so austere
But I still float
I still float
There's no sun for me here
I've endured storms so austere
But I still float
I still float

Well done boat, well done boat...

Bella

Written By: Josh Savage

I'm restless
Tired to my bones
I've grown artless
Let me make mistakes
Let me make mistakes

I'm reckless
I'm giving it my all
And time's precious
And these dreams take control
Oh it's all I know

Bella my heart and soul left long ago
Bella when you finally leave me and go
Leave me a note

I'm not heartless
I'm an honest soul
And time's precious
And these dreams take control
Oh it's all I know

Bella my heart and soul left long ago
Bella when you finally leave me and go
Leave me a note

Or I'll never know
I'll never know

Quatre Épines

Written By: Josh Savage

Sais-tu, je rêves toujours au mémoires de nos baisers?
Mais tu m'as brisé le coeur car tu préviens de malheur
Avant que rien n'ai vraiment commencé

Je ne crois pas en d'heureuses fins donc ce n'est pas une bonne idée
Car c'est trop dangereux et je serai malheureuses
Noyée dans nos coeurs effondrés

Tu te laisses toute seule avec quatre épines
Oh comme t'es belle à l'oeil
Oh comme t'es naïve
Quatre épines

Ce qui ne nous tue pas nous rend plus fort
Car l'amour peut piquer
Mais l'amour peut soigner
Toutes les blessures qu'on se serait donné

Tu te laisses toute seule avec quatre épines
Oh comme t'es belle à l'oeil
Oh comme t'es naïve
Quatre épines

Discography

Bella - self-released 2 February 2015.

1. Bella
2. The Boatmaker

Spaces EP - self-released 7 April 2014.
1. Your Lips
2. Lost In Paris
3. Horoscopes
4. Mountains In Hurricanes
5. Your Lips (live at BBC Introducing)

Mountains In Hurricanes EP - self-released 12 March 2013
1. Mountains In Hurricanes
2. Figure You 
3. Take Off Your Shackle

Set List

Solo show:
1 vox on mic & 2 guitars in 1 DI.
(If piano available, 1 extra mic).

Band show
3 vox
2 guitars in 1 DI
1 bass in DI
1 Elec guitar
1 violin in DI
Drums