We had the good fortune of connecting with Will Savoie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Will, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Working for myself has always been the goal. In my opinion, being an entrepreneur comes with greater risks, but offers far more benefits. Starting Broken Sleep Collective was a way to take the things I truly love as an artist and create a career out of it. The music business tends to be a whole different animal than the others and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My music and the music of Broken Sleep Collective is influenced by a litany of different artists and genres. I grew up playing guitar from the age of seven and had the good fortune of having multiple mentors from different schools and training. I received mentoring from artists in folk, rock, classical, and jazz, giving me a broad perspective on how music is created regardless of genre. I would say my background is one of the things I tend to be the most grateful for because it helped me become a better musician in the long run.
Of course, training only gets you so far in music. I always say you can be a bad musician and make incredible music or you can be an incredible musician and make bad music. One of the main lessons I have learned is that you can’t have a huge ego if you want to be a career artist. Being able to take a step back and say “hey maybe I don’t know what I’m doing” is really important. Some of the best lessons were taught to me through recognizing that I had no knowledge about the topic and investing the time to properly learn about it.
In addition to making music, I also help other musicians with their projects. Similarly, I do a lot of work helping authors and publishers with their audiobooks, podcasts, and marketing materials. Whether it is writing music for an advertisement or helping with the recording process. I’m happy to help every step of the way!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Of course, I’ll answer this question as though COVID is no object. Denver has grown exponentially over the past decade; the music, the food, and the venues are vastly improved from what they were even ten years ago.
When I have friends visit from out of town, I usually make sure that a national act is performing at Red Rocks or Mission Ballroom and buy tickets for us. If we end up downtown, I will definitely make sure we grab a drink at Death & Co. or Avanti. My favorite restaurant in Denver is a tie between Uncle Ramen or Izakaya Den, so we would probably have to eat at both places!
I’m a sucker for the mountains so if my friends visit in the summer, we will definitely be taking a few days to go hiking and fly-fishing up in Vail or Telluride.
Finally, all my friends are musicians, so we would definitely have to make the rounds to all the Denver record stores like Wax Trax and Twist & Shout!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I certainly wouldn’t be this far along without friendship, influences, and support. That being said, I would be remiss without mentioning my parents, who have shown nothing but unwavering advocacy for my creative passions and have always been there for me.
Additionally, my business partners Joseph Hoskins and Justin Volk are essential to keeping the Broken Sleep Collective ship afloat. I don’t know where I’d be without their friendship and the energy they bring to our endeavors.
Finally, my fiancee Krysta is the reason for my motivation. She has always been 100% on board with my music and I owe her my endless gratitude for being so supportive.
Also, can’t forget to mention my dog Stella! She is always present for every recording session or artist development meeting. She is practically the Broken Sleep Collective mascot!