Kids come first for rapper after troubled childhood
RAPPER Savage puts his three children before anything, determined to create a better life for them than he had.
He came from a broken home growing up in New Zealand.
"There was a lot of alcohol and it was rough," he said.
"I was always the dreamer. I always hoped to be something better than what I had," he said.
Savage's older brother was a hip-hop fan and it's how he learnt to rap.
"It kind of stuck with me. I wrote my own raps at the age of 11 and kept at it.
"I took it more serious when I was 16 and 17 and I started battling people."
"From memory, hip-hop has always been big in our little community in south Auckland. We relate to that music over anything else.
"It was another great way for us to express ourselves musically."
Over the next 16 years, Savage grew to be an international star, famous for his songs Swing and Freaks.
He spoke to Pulse ahead of his Australia Day eve show at the Harvey Road Tavern.
He travels to Australia almost every weekend for gigs.
"I am away on weekends and am there to take my daughter to day care during the week," he said.
"I am opposite to people who work 9am-5pm."
Being a good dad to his kids aged 16, 14 and four is important to Savage.
"I put fatherhood first but at the same time we have to be realistic in having everything they need for a better future.
"Like getting bills paid and putting food on the table and clothes on their back," he said.
Savage said he loves visiting regional areas when touring Australia.
"I've been to Gladstone before and I had a really good time. It was in 2007," he said.
"Regional areas show more appreciation for the show than the big cities."
Savage said he takes his stage presence seriously and those who come to the show will have a blast.
"I will try to make sure you remember it for the rest of your life. I like to make sure people get their money's worth," he said.
You can have a chat and post a photo.
"I am more than happy to mix and mingle with people."
WHERE: Harvey Road Tavern
WHEN: Sunday, January 25 from 8pm