DJ Savi is hitting the stage at NYC's LAVO this Saturday, but before his performance he chatted with us on working with some of dance music's hottest acts, his latest single, "Home", and what to expect from his performance this weekend.
How does a guy from Chicago end up working with artists such as Bebe Rexha and Havana Brown? SAVI: I just got really lucky meeting a lot of cool people! I met Havana Brown while I was hosting a radio show in Los Angeles called “The Hits", which was live from LA. At the time, it was the number one show in Australia. While doing that show, Havana came on to promote her new single “We Run the Night”, which had just been released in Australia. I told her I wanted to remix it and that started our friendship, which built over years. The A&R from my publishing company eventually sent me the vocal from Bebe for her song "Battle Cry", and we knew we needed to get another major artist on it. We pitched Havana, and luckily she was into it. Somehow the stars aligned amongst the different record labels, managers, and publishers, and "Battle Cry" was born!
Is there an album or an artist that is inspiring you right now? S: Khalid’s stuff is incredible! I don’t think I’ve listened to an artist with so much soul in his voice in a really long time. It’s been really cool to watch that kid who literally put out records on Spotify, go on to win "Best New Artist" on MTV this year. He’s had all this tremendous success! I’m a huge supporter of his music and I play a lot of his records in my sets.
There is also an artist who I just met in Miami last week, her name is Yoli Mayor, and she was a finalist on America’s Got Talent this year. She has one the most incredible voices I have ever heard in my life. I was able to reach out to her because of social media. I connected with her last week in Miami and now we are working on a song together. I think what’s really cool about what I do is that it gives me an opportunity, because of my travel, to meet a lot of unique artists. Once you make a personal connection with another artist, it opens the door to a lot of opportunities. I just worked with Jocelyn Alice today actually. She has been at the top of my list and I took her to see a private screening of my friend Bert Marcus’s upcoming film last week. We connected, which made it super easy to work together. We wrote a new song that I wish I could put out tonight!
You've obviously worked with quite a few artists, but is there anyone you're dreaming of collaborating with? S: That’s a tough question to ask because I’m such a fan of so many artists! Sia is definitely on the top of my list. I’ve been following her for a long time and working with her would be a dream scenario for me!
With New Year's right around the corner, is there anything you haven't done that you'd like to in 2018? S: I haven’t worked with any hip-hop artists yet! I have definitely been working on some new music that has the ability to bring somebody on though. I did a song with Dash Berlin and KO that’s in rotation now on BPM radio called “Home”, and the remixes will be coming out at the beginning of the year. Also, I have two huge remixes coming out December 1. The first is a song I did for The Lost Kings called “First Love” with Sabrina Carpenter, and another I just did with Lema for The Pentatonix that’s coming out for Christmas. It’s very unique and has gotten a huge reaction over at RCA. I’m really pumped to get that out for the holidays. I don't think anyone has ever done a Christmas future bass before but it has a lot of soul! Look out for it on December 1! As for New Years, you can catch me performing at Omnia San Diego and in 2018 expect a lot of new music!
Lastly, what can we expect from your show Saturday night at Lavo? S: I am always high energy. I will play a lot of my unreleased mashups, remixes, and originals as well as jump genres and tempos. It'll be a good time for anyone who loves music!