“Discovering the music of Josh Savage is like making a new friend. Infusing colour into your life with the essence of english charm blended with eccentricities one can only find in the heart of Paris. Thoughtfully far beyond his years he reminds us with his youthful charisma that life is too short to be doing anything other than what you love.” – Fresh Independence
Name: Josh Savage
Where are you writing this: From my bed, surrounded by scraps of paper from some new songs I’m writing.
Home is where your story begins, please tell us about yours.
I’ve always been a bit of a troubadour. I grew up in Paris, then in my teens moved to Winchester in England, then went up north to study music at the University of York. Now I don’t really have a home! I can’t afford rent so I couchsurf in the different cities I gig in. People tend to think couchsurfing is a nightmare but it’s not that bad. I have a talent for sleeping anywhere – I’ve slept on a doorstep once – and it’s a great way to meet new people.
How did music find you?
It’s quite scary that it almost never happened. I took piano lessons from the age of 4 but it wasn’t until I found out I could sing that music truly found me. There was an English organist who left Westminster cathedral to start a boys’ choir in Paris and he came to my French primary school to audition us.
I was never going to do it, I was too shy. We had to put our hand up in front of class if we wanted to audition and singing was seen as uncool for boys in our school. However, my best friend surprisingly did put his hand up, so I did too. It turned out I had quite a good voice. I ended up becoming lead soloist of the choir of l’Académie Vocale de Paris, years later touring Australia and New Zealand as treble soloist for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. I’d be in a very different place today if my best friend didn’t put his hand up in class that day.