Savio Rego

Singer-Songwriter Savio Rego was born in Bombay, India and raised in San Jose, California. Having left behind a successful career in Banking, this Californian singer-songwriter has gone back to his first love – music. Savio started playing guitar at the age of 13. As a self-taught guitarist, his playing evolved over the years. The first song he learned was "Patience" by Guns N' Roses.

Savio's style contains a breadth of influences – from R & B, blues, soul, pop, jazz to rock, electronica and house music. His songs are seductive, there's no question about it.....featuring lyrics revealing open lust and melodies leading straight into hooky choruses. He can breeze through songs with his soothing style leaving listeners yearning for more. It's the kind of pop record that music lovers wish there were more of. It is a singer-songwriter’s record, but contains all the best elements of blues, jazz, soul, chill and folk. Yet his poignant lyrics and catchy melodies will also satisfy the discerning end of the pop market

How do you describe your music to people, Savio?
Stylistically, I say it's Pop with elements of Jazz, R&B, Blues, Folk, Latin, Electronica, Lounge, Chill and Soul.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I picked up a guitar at 13.  I was part of a church choir and wanted to be the guitar player in the choir.  I learned a few chords, simply the basics to play church songs.  I was fortunate to be able to pick up stuff easily from early on as I played by ear.  This method then helped me in learning other songs later.  Playing guitar from 13 - 22 was merely a hobby.  Then there was a time frame when I worked in the Banking Industry and rarely played the guitar, only at social gatherings with friends or family.

I got into song writing when I decided I was going to give it all up and do something I am passionate about, something I love.  This was about 3 years ago. I then revisited my guitar and spent hours and hours honing my skills by learning and covering intricate cover songs.  Then I applied everything I knew into writing my music.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Hmmm  that's a tough one because it would depend on what I'm in the mood for.  I'd say playing guitar, grilling, golfing, wine-tasting, cigar lounges, traveling, chilling with friends, listening to new music / artists are my favorite things these days.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Marketing.....since I'm an unsigned artist, [I] don't have a big budget for marketing, and there is a plethora of music available these days; I think it's a slower process for potential fans to discover new music. But I'm patient and believe in what I do and appreciate all the things my existing and new fans have to say about my music. They keep me going.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Commercial Pilot...which I did get my credentials for but opted out for music.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I was born in India but in a western society so from my childhood I was exposed to a lot of the European and American hits that were aired on MTV. Then I got into Trance, House, Techno and Rave scene.  I also heard some great fusion of Indian Classical and Trance music.   As a teenager I played a lot of Rock, Grunge and Metal music...believe it or not.  I recall playing Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Scorpions and so on.  I think listening to and playing a wide variety of styles has certainly shaped the way I write my music.

What other artists out there do you love?
So many but I'll mention a few.  Also, when I say I love an artist it's because he/she has consistently put out amazing music that resonates with me.  I'm not really into the hit-single, one hit wonder types...

So here it goes in random order - Everly Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Chris Botti,  Def Leppard,  Mr. Big, Nirvana, James Taylor, Sting, Seal, Sade, George Benson, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Richard Marx, Michael Bolton and the king of pop - Michael Jackson.

What does your future hold?
Since I am an optimist I say the future holds a lot more than the present or past.  I'm currently touring in Europe, my music was recently picked up on Commercial Radio in Berlin, Germany.  So there is a lot of progress and new listeners for my music. I'm performing live as much as I can.  Playing live for listening audiences is the most fruitful thing that could happen right now, it's a feeling of being accepted as an artist. I'm also working on a new album I plan on releasing later this year.  It's really the people who support my music by buying it, sharing it, coming to the shows and the ones who believe in my art, that are carving the path for my future.  I'd be just another guy with a guitar without them.  I'm really fortunate to be able to do music for a living as an unsigned artist.  A sincere thank you to all of you.