|Birth name||Demetrius Savelio|
|Born||28 June 1981|
|Labels||Dawn Raid Entertainment, Universal Republic Records.|
|Associated acts||Deceptikonz, Akon, Aaradhna, Baby Bash, Angel Dust, Young Divas, Ricki Lee, Scribe|
Demetrius Savelio (born 28 June 1981), better known by his stage name Savage, is a New Zealander rapper of Samoan descent, and a former member of hip hop group the Deceptikonz. In 2009, he became the first New Zealand hip hop artist in history to have a commercial single ("Swing") achieve platinum certification status in the United States for selling over one million copies. He is not to be confused with Savage of the underground Atlanta- and Bronx-based hip hop group Hard Knocks, which released one album in 1992.
Savage joined with friends to form a hip-hop group, the Deceptikonz, in 1997. Success was not instant, however, as the group struggled through several talent shows and small concerts. Their big break came in 1999 when they were signed to South Auckland (Papatoetoe) hip hop label Dawn Raid Entertainment.
In 2002, the Deceptikonz released Elimination; a studio album that peaked at number four on the New Zealand albums chart. In late 2003, Savage featured as a member of the Deceptikonz on the Mareko hit single Stop, Drop and Roll; a number six hit on the Detroit singles chart.
Moonshine era (2005-2007)
Savage's first solo single; Swing, was released in January 2005. The hit would eventually crack the Australian singles chart and peak at number one for five weeks in the New Zealand singles chart. The metalcore band Miss May I did a cover of "Swing" and Savage himself seemed to like it. Three months later, Savage released his debut solo album Moonshine which reached number two in the New Zealand album chart and included a title track as a follow-up single. This became an even bigger success than the previous single; spending seven weeks at number one on the New Zealand singles chart, and reaching the top ten in the Australian singles chart. The Moonshine single would eventually become certified twice platinum in New Zealand and gold in Australia. The third single from the album; They Don't Know reached number three in the New Zealand singles chart and was also a hit for several weeks on the Australian singles chart.
Savage Island era (2008-2009)
Following the success of appearing in "Knocked Up", Swing was released as a single for the United States in 2008, and remix versions were made with American rappers Soulja Boy Tell 'Em and Pitbull. Upon re-release, Swing reached number forty-five on the US Billboard Hot 100, re-entered the New Zealand singles charts peaking at number twenty-three and appeared on the American version of Now That's What I Call Music! 29. By the end of January 2009, the song had sold over 1,500,000 units in the United States alone. Because of this; Swing was certified as a platinum single in the United States.
In February 2009, Savage released Savage Island, the second studio album of his solo career. The release became his second consecutive top-ten entry on the New Zealand album chart debuting at number nine. The album included Moonshine from the previous album as well as a remix version of the New Zealand number-one hit Not Many. The release also featured two new singles Wild Out (Chooo Hooo) and Hot Like Fire. These songs became New Zealand singles chart hits with the former becoming Savage's fourth top-ten peaking song in the national chart. Savage appeared in an issue of Source Magazine to discuss the lyrical meanings behind the tracks of Savage Island the following month. That May, Savage received the "International Breakthrough" accolade at the Pacific Music Awards. In October, Savage performed the Savage Island album track I Love The Islands, to raise funds for the Samoan tsunami relief effort.
Battle of the Century era (2010-present)
In 2010, Savage featured in "Battle of the Century", a nationwide tour across New Zealand alongside internationally successful New Zealand rapper Scribe. The same year, the Presents... The Tribal Council album was released. In 2012, Savage featured on the Jade Louise single "Vibrations".
|Year||Album details||NZ||US Heatseekers||Certifications
|2012||Mayhem & Miracles||25||—||—|
|"Moonshine" (featuring Akon)||1||9||—|
|"If You Love Savage"||—||—||—|
|"They Don't Know" (featuring Aaradhna)||3||26||—|
|2008||"Swing (Remix)" (featuring Soulja Boy Tell'em)||23||—||45||
|2009||"Wild Out (Chooo Hooo)" (featuring Angel Dust & Baby Bash)||6||—||—|
|"Hot Like Fire" (featuring Rock City)||26||—||—|
|"I Love The Islands" (featuring Rock City)||—||—||—|
|2012||"Twerk"||—||—||—||Mayhem & Miracles|
|2003||"Not Many - The Remix" (Scribe featuring David Dallas and Savage)||1||19||-||The Crusader|
|2004||"Hook Up" (with Dawn Raid All-Stars)||9||-||-||Non-album single|
|2007||"Turn Me Loose" (Young Divas featuring Savage)||-||15||-||New Attitude|
|2012||"Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)" Flight of the Conchords charity single||1||-||-|
- Elimination - charts.org.nz
- Stop, Drop and Roll - charts.org.nz
- savages-moonshine-single-goes-gold-across-the-ditch - amplifier.co.nz
- Knocked Up - soundtrack.info.com
- "Savage is swinging with success". Television New Zealand. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Give it up for Savage
- "Samoan tsunami 'I Love The Islands' gig - live updates". 3 News. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
- Scribe vs Savage - Battle of the Century nzherald.co.nz
- Presents... The Tribal Council - australian-charts.com Retrieved April 2012
- JADE LOUISE FEAT. SAVAGE - VIBRATIONS (SONG)
- "SAVAGE [NZ] IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". RadioScope. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "SAVAGE [NZ] IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- "SAVAGE [NZ] IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- "Savage". Billboard. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- "RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program". RIAA. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
- Savage's Myspace
- Dawn Raid - Savage's Official Record Label Website
- Deceptikonz Myspace
- Horsemen Family Myspace
- RIANZ Chart