Though Sauks is one of the most gifted musicians in Toronto, Father Time himself has almost perished waiting for him to give us more than 1999’s The Underground Tapes.
What can he reveal about his 15-years-in-the-making, highly anticipated debut album, tentatively titled Saukrates Season?
“It’s a very colourful, entertaining record. Every year that passed by that I didn’t get to release it, it just got better.”
“I’ve pretty much got a guaranteed release in 2008 cuz of what I’ve been doing the past two years, touring around the world [with Nelly Furtado]. So this year is really one of the big years for my material.”
After so long, fatigue and frustration must linger in the corners of the mind. Did Saukrates ever ponder microphone retirement?
“No. I’ve been blessed by being surrounded by the right people who have some incredible talent themselves, so next thing you know you got this movement feeling, this magic thing. There’s some home pride that we actually have some potential superstars. All the years added up have equated to that, and I really can’t complain!”
Optimistically, he encourages Toronto artists not to be bitter, to travel internationally and always keep creating.
“We got so much potential, but the potential don’t add up if you don’t do the work!”