Tell us about your experiences as a youth. When did you know that music was part of your life and what feelings did you have towards making an active impact with your music?
I was born in Fountain Valley and grew up in Corona, California. Both my grandmother and father are musicians and I grew up in a house surrounded by music. I was exposed to everything from old Motown to heavy metal and the pop music that my sisters played. My dad played in a band and they would come over to our house every weekend to play. I was young but was interested in what they were doing and I wanted to play the drums. Since then my interest in music has continued to grow. I used to play video games with the sound off so I could listen to “Off The Wall” and play at the same time. I realized then that I loved music and that it was going to be a big part of my life. Music made me feel a certain way and I always wanted to be able to recreate that feeling with a new sound that hasn’t been put out there.
What artists inspired/influences you and if you could collaborate with any artist (alive or passed) who would it be and why?
I am inspired by many artists–old and new. When I was younger I was inspired by Michael Jackson, Prince, Metallica, Jay-Z, Marvin Gaye and others. Today I am more into the hip hop scene. If I could collaborate with any artist it would have to be Pharrell, Flying Lotus, and Michael Jackson because they have some of my favorite sounds and styles. When I create music I typically have these guys in my head to draw inspiration from.
What do you think about the current state of hip hop/mainstream music?
It is awesome! To me it’s exciting to be living right now when Hip Hop is accepted as mainstream. It is an open field and anyone can create his own unique style. It’s not only about big name artists, but we are getting new content from all sorts of genres and indie artists who are pushing music barriers further out with each release. This makes me want to work harder so I can reach my full potential.
Currently, what projects do you have in the works that you are most excited about?
My new single ‘Trouble Now” is coming out soon. It’s a rap/hip-hop song about being alone and depicts the mind of a person that is in a constant struggle. The hook is really catchy and the beat knocks. I’m excited about it. I feel like it represents where I am at musically and gives a bit of insight into how I think and how the rest of my music may feel. The song was produced, mixed and mastered by me and Asaf Fulks and we also shot the video together. I will also be releasing many other tracks as well as instrumentals which I will produce and engineer.
What are your career goals?
I want to continue releasing my own music as well as working with others. I would also like to go forward with engineering and help up-and-coming artists achieve the sound they want. It’s important to me have a hand in all aspects of music because I want to be able to branch out as my career goes on. Within the next two to five years I want to release a few full length projects along with producing for other artists. Meanwhile I want to continue engineering and progress further with mixing and mastering. As time goes on I would also like to produce, write, and engineer for other genres of music besides just hip hop.
To the person who had never heard of you what is it about your music and story that you would tell them to entice them to be a supporter?
I use a lot of instruments and synthesizers that aren’t commonly used in hip hop music and I think people would be surprised to hear that. If I could describe my music in five words it would be melodic, innovative, dark, diverse, and different. I blend sounds that you would typically hear in other genres and put them over hip hop drums and 80’s. I want people to hear what I make and think to themselves “I’ve never heard something done like this before.” I create my own lane and hope people find it appealing.
To the aspiring artist who is considering a career as a musician what lessons or advice would you give them to inspire them or to uplift them in the journey?
I would tell them to work everyday and pay attention to what else is going on in music. I would also suggest connecting with other people that make music and grow as artists together. From personal experience I can say I have learned more about myself and my sound by working with others then I have by working alone.
What are your social media profiles and where can people purchase/download your music?
Twitter- @Sagerobergeee | All other social media search Sage Roberge | www.ocrecording.com
What are your final words you would like to say to people that you have left out?
Thank you to my teacher and mentor Asaf Fulks and everybody at The OC Recording–they have really enabled me to take my music to the next level and help me progress as an artist. I joined the school towards the end of last year and have already seen tremendous progression in my writing, production and engineering. IN THE STUDIO is the place to be! Also, thank you Moe and Now Hip Hop for this awesome interview–you guys rock!