Maverick Sabre: Bob Marley songs cheer me up
Maverick Sabre listens to Bob Marley to cheer him up, and he wants his music to have the same "positive" affect on people
Maverick Sabre listens to Bob Marley to cheer him up.
The 'Let Me Go' hitmaker - whose real name is Michael Stafford - feels better when he hears the late singer-songwriter's hits, and the 21-year-old star is hoping his music will have the same "positive" affect on people.
He said: "Music's about unity, positivity, love. That's what I want my music to be about. I want it to break down walls. I want my shows to have people of different races, different ages. Everybody's there - enjoying it. Like with Bob Marley - everyone in the world can listen to him. I've never heard anyone say 'Bob Marley's s**t.'
"And you know that for me is what music's all about. I was doing the dishes the other night - feeling a bit down. I put on 'No Woman No Cry' and it made me feel better!"
Maverick - who was runner-up in the voting for the 2012 Brits Critics Choice Award, which was won by Emeli Sande - has found hip-hop music to be a big influence in his career mainly because of the genre's lyrical directness.
He added to the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper: "It's a melting pot. But what really drew me in to hip-hop was the directness. There was no dilly-dallying about. You got it in one line. You felt that straight away. If someone wanted to say something, they said it. You felt that."