When I first met Max Savage my freshman year at NYU, he mentioned growing up in Dallas, playing drums in high school, and the fact he had “just joined a band.” Naturally, Savage sounded much like the other struggling artists in my view—destined for a few shows in Brooklyn and a degree in Creative Writing. But the archetype couldn’t have been more wrong.
Savage, a CAS junior and drummer for the rising New York rock band, Parquet Courts, has achieved a level of success over the past two years that makes the average artist want to crawl in a hole. And cry. Last year, Parquet Courts was charted #5 on the list of Time Magazine’s “The Top 10 Everything of 2012.” A few weeks ago, VICE published a documentary charting their spring tour from Mexico to London—with ten shows at SXSW sprinkled somewhere in between.
Savage, a redhead with an adorable affinity for math tutoring, seems to just be doing his thing, alongside brother, Andrew Savage, and fellow band mates, Austin Brown and Sean Yeaton. Aside from his painstakingly cool name and current life, NYU Local wanted to catch up with Savage before leaving on his European tour. We first asked about what it’s like being a math major-creative writing-minor-rock-star, and how the fuck he manages to stay in school.