DEMETRIUS SAVELIO aka. SAVAGE | APRA Member since 2001
Demetrius Savelio, better known as Savage, is the first New Zealand hip hop artist in history to have a commercial single – ‘Swing’ - achieve platinum certification status in the United States.
His career started in 1997 when he joined up with friends to form a hip-hop group called Deceptikonz which signed to legendary South Auckland hip hop label Dawn Raid Entertainment.
Savage's first solo single ‘Swing’ was released in January 2005 and by January 2009, it had sold over 1.5 million units in the United States. In 2013, ‘Swing’ was remixed by Australian producer Joel Fletcher. It peaked at No.2 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified triple platinum. In 2014, Savage added vocals to Timmy Trumpet's song ‘Freaks’ which went to No.1 in New Zealand and was certified 4 × platinum in Australia.