Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Not Like You”?
Not Like You is a single that has been in the works for a couple years. We’ve produced and recorded about 5 different versions of it, and the version you hear today is what we’ve been working so hard on. I’m very proud of it!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Apart from wanting to create a pop/dance/latin influenced song, I think the subject matter is something everybody can relate to. It’s about finally leaving a friendship/relationship with somebody who has treated you horribly and made you feel small. It’s an empowering song!
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was a very fun and casual shoot. I was in San Antonio, Texas at the time, which is my hometown and I had this idea to do a last minute video for the song. I wanted it to be a “tour” of downtown San Antonio and pay homage to where I come from. I’m very happy with how it turned out!
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was fairly quick and easy because we knew what we wanted to write. However, the recording process was very long. Like I said before, we had about 5 different versions of the song over two years. We just wanted to make sure it was something we loved before putting it out there.
What was it like to work with Andrew Lane and how did that relationship develop?
Andrew is great! I first met Drew about 4-5 years ago when I was on a school tour. The owner of the tour introduced us and the rest was history. Since then, we have recorded a multitude of songs, worked on many projects, and even co-own the studio with him now. It’s been a blast to say the least!
How much did he get to influence the song?
I remember telling him that I wanted something very different with this record, and very different than anything I had done before. I wanted pop/dance/latin influences and he took that and created a track. The first scratch he sent over I knew he had nailed exactly what I wanted.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?
I actually work very similar whenever I am by myself and when I’m collaborating with other people. I know what I like but I love having the ability to bounce ideas off of another person. While I love writing by myself, I think it’s a magical thing to be able to write with other people. I can really go either way.
What have you learned from your time working with some of the top notch names in the industry?
I’ve learned pretty much everything I know from them! From the business side of things, to recording tricks, to even when to show up to meetings/auditions, they have helped me so much! Fifteen minutes early is on time, and on time is late…
How much creative room would you say is left for you on those occasions or there’s always a balance?
I think there’s always a balance when I’m working with other people. When it comes to my music, I want it to reflect what I want MY music to sound like and to say. Ultimately it’s a piece of me.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes, I am currently in the studio recording a bunch of new material! I’m actually experimenting with a new sound, pop/country. I’ve always loved country and would have such a blast writing some songs. This Texas girl has got to stick to her roots!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I hope to release some new songs within the next couple of months.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I’m going on the Boys of Summer Tour and the SOS Tour this year. I’m pumped!
What else is happening next in Savvy G’s world?
Apart from tour and recording, I also have a web series coming out called “Young Bangerz”. 2019 is our year, only up from here!