1Sauney discusses balancing multiple talents, his upcoming project/documentary, and the West Side of Chicago in his official Q+A.
1Sauney and GroovNuke chops it up for an official Q+A.
1Sauney is a man of many talents. The rising creative from the west side of Chicago is fixing to gain traction with the release of an upcoming project and documentary.
I recently chopped it up with him for more insight on his upcoming works, his background, and much more. Get in tune below and see what Sauney had to say to my questions.
GroovNuke: How did you get the stage name Sauney?
Sauney: So my first name is Hysaune, which people always had a problem pronouncing, but my bestfriend Ced who i went to high school with randomly called me “Sauney” I was like boa what? But it just stuck with me. & the 1 in 1Sauney just comes from it being only one me.
GroovNuke: I remember you saying you have other interests besides rap, what other hobbies have your interest?
Sauney: Besides the music I’ve always been into cars, i worked hella automotive jobs, i’ve been into fashion since high school i think, coming out with a brand soon as well, and of course baksetball. I’ll probably always have hoop dreams, catch me in the G-League or something in the near future.
GroovNuke: If one of your other hobbies take off, will you continue to balance out?
Sauney: I’ll always make music, forever. I taught myself hella trades without college but man i don’t care if it takes me until I'm 30 , I'm still gonna grind it out & apply pressure in the music industry.
GroovNuke: Explain why the west side of Chicago is the best side?
Sauney: I feel like West Side is the best side because i got to see both worlds. My pops stayed in the wild 100’s so i grew up on both sides but mainly west & west suburbs. The west side krazy but it’s also so many good people & we have grass, but out south is a deeper part of the city. I actually got robbed not to far from my pops crib when i was like 7 so yeah that’s how i feel about that.
GroovNuke: Do you feel as if artists from the west side have to do more to stand out on the full Chicago scene?
Sauney: Nah, i feel like shorty nem in they own lane fr. Lil Prada, Lud Foe, SGBatman, Z Money, Cago Leek, my homies Lil Blessin & Nick G, the list just goes on. It’s some all-stars fasho.
GroovNuke: Favorite Chicago artist on the rise?
Sauney: Hmmmmm, we got a lot of talent. I think i’d say my lil homie Bankroll Batman. I really watched him grow up, so hearing him tell his stories is always amazing & he quick on his feet with making some hot shit. This definitely his breakout year, might hear some shit from us coming soon fasho.
GroovNuke: Describe an ideal music career for you?
Sauney: My ideal music career is to make enough to take care of my people, get them jobs. My real goal is to end homelessness in Chicago & create jobs for my people fresh out the county. Give them housing & education free of charge while getting paid. I know they need it, so why not ya know?
GroovNuke: What is the best song you think you've ever made?
Sauney: Honestly, “IDEAS” started the whole wave of what i make now. It doesn’t sound like anything out which inspired every other song i made after. I had got my phone stolen @ east room one night & lost all my songs & everything so when my homie stained me a new one i started over. Can’t even tell you what type of music i’d be making but i love where i’m at because you can’t put a genre over it.
GroovNuke: What makes you stand out from the rest of the artists on the scene?
Sauney: I feel like i don’t have a lane or a genre. I can adapt to whatever beat or song or feature & it comes from Hunger. I want this sh*t bad, I got a family to feed.
GroovNuke: Will you ever sign or stay independent?
Sauney: If it makes sense and i can sign my producers Willy & Flacko & my engineer Tano, i would. I wanna lean more towards owning my own label first & foremost. Make it last, ya know?
GroovNuke: When faced with tough times with your artistry, how do you bounce back?
Sauney: I really just remind myself how far i’ve come and remember that it could be worse. I’ve gone through not believing myself, songs getting leaked, all types of krazy sh*t.
GroovNuke: Describe this album/documentary you're working on?
Sauney: So the album is called “Luv Me Like I’m Dead” which i came up with my engineer/brother GoTanoGo & the documentary is called Alive&Well. It’s an oxymoron, but just to show people my life outside of the music. Making it more personal, because a lot of people can’t even put they finger on what i really be on.
GroovNuke: Describe the producers and engineers you work with?
Sauney: Man so my dawg Flacko i met him in like 2015 we ended up being in the same music collective and that man is provably one of the smartest/talented dudes i know. I’ve seen him make so many songs in so little time & it was raw seeing someone other than me just be so persistent & hungry. A genius. Willy to me is like the backbone of the sound we created together (me Flack, Willy & Nick G) i always say he be on some 40 sh*t cus when the beats come through we get straight to it, won’t take more than a few mins to finish a song. Cool ass dude fr.
GroovNuke: Describe your song making process?
Sauney: Whenever Willy sends me something he made or him & Flack made, or if it’s a beat i made. I freestyle it & go from there. Whatever vibe i pick up when i write i just flow with it.
GroovNuke: Some artists and producers you want to work with?
Sauney: I mean honestly i’ll work with whoever wants to work for me, I listen to all the artists on the come up & the underground artists that might not get as much shine. Tell em let’s do it!
GroovNuke: If the United Center offers you a chance to perform, would you take it?
Sauney: Without a question, i’ll get the whole gang tickets cus that’s right up our alley too. It’s Bulls Nation even tho we ain’t got Rose.
GroovNuke: Who's your NBA GOAT?
Sauney: Kobe of course. I always watch his highlights to get me on the zone. I felt like he was talented but he played like he actually WANTED it. Might be a Virgo thing.
GroovNuke: Harold's or Uncle Remus?
Sauney: Since i used to live in the 100’s i had Harold’s almost every weekend...but Uncle Remus. It’s love in that mild sauce fr
GroovNuke: Streaming or CD era?
Sauney: Man I wish we were still in the CD era because artists had to work THAT much harder to actually make the sales & go gold or platinum. Nowadays it’s easier because it’s all on the phones and on the music apps which is also cool because artists/labels get paid quicker, or see the stats quicker rather.
GroovNuke: Do you have plans for a Billboard hit?
Sauney: Being on Billboard would be amazing, all i can really do is let the music speak for itself. I wouldn’t put it past me or anybody on the comeup, we deserve that type recognition.
GroovNuke: Any advice for those who don't know the west side of Chicago?
Sauney: I’d tell people not to speak on what they don’t know ‘cause I feel like Chicago is it’s own state, it’s talent & love everywhere the lil outsouth vs. outwest sh*t be funny on twitter sometimes tho. It’s a great place to be tho, i guarantee if you need something you’ll get it outwest first.
GroovNuke: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Sauney: In 10 years, married to the mother of my kids, out the country with gang, an envelope of investments & properties. Oh and all my masters fasho.
GroovNuke: What can we expect from Sauney for the rest of 2019?
Sauney: Some great music for every mood, and some big moves. I can say that no doubt