INTERVIEW: Emily Gabriele

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Thank you for chatting with us today. To start off, tell our readers more about how you got started in music!

Let me see if I can give you an abridged version – I know we dove pretty deeply into my “musical journey” last time we chatted.

When I was in grade school, we had the opportunity to pick an instrument to learn. I picked the alto saxophone and I still own that instrument to this day!

Fast forwarding ​a lotI always felt inclined to write songs. Ever since I was young, I was finding ways to engage with music – from listening to CDs to singing. I would listen to other artists tell their stories through song, and it compelled me story-tell through writing songs of my own.

Which is ironic (​isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?) seeing as I just released a cover of someone else’s song – ha!

You have a new single out today, which is actually a cover! Tell us more about how the song came to life.

Sure. I’ve always been a fan of Alanis Morissette. I feel a key component to recording and releasing a song written and originally performed by someone else, is to really feel a connection to the song.

With the recent resurgence of ​Jagged Little Pill(originally released in 1995) I felt it was an opportune time to release my own take on a song from that body of work.

I started by reaching out to Billy Aukstik, the co-founder of ​Hive Mind​& ​Dala Records​and told him I wanted to record two Alanis covers off of her album. He was very excited about the idea, so we booked some time at Hive Mind. For the recording process, I brought in some talented musicians, Darby Brandon on the drums, and Cam Seidel on the bass. We had Billy Aukstik, steer the ship with the audio engineering.

After working through the two songs, “You Oughta Know” was the clear standout. We had a blast recording during the session at Hive Mind. I wanted to release “You Oughta Know,” but it felt too spot on to the original iteration of the track.

So I solicited the help of the incredible LA-based producer, ​Angelique Calvillo​. I had worked with Angelique before, and I really love her sound and her ability to carefully crafting unique takes on songs.

Do you get nervous before you release new music or is it more of an excitement for you?

I’m not sure if nervous is the right word to express how releasing new music feels. I feel excitement around releases. I suppose there’s a fine line between nervousness and excitement. If I ever experience nervousness, I do my best to channel it into feelings of excitement, in general.

Was there anyone or anything in particular that pushed you to pursue music?

Are we speaking specifically about this release? If so, both ​Billy​and ​Angelique​were over-the-moon excited and supportive in making this track come to life.

Do you have plans to release more music this year?

It’s tough to plan these days. What I can say is that I am currently working on a few songs. I’m also consistently investing in my craft of songwriting and musicianship. I started taking vocal lessons at the beginning of this year. My vocal coach, ​Monika Judkins​, has seamlessly adopted the virtual voice lesson. They are one of the consistent highlights of my week, especially in quarantine!

The US music scene differs from city to city, what’s the music scene like in your area?

Hahaha, oh goodness. Well, at this point in time, it feels like the music scene in each city is becoming more and more enmeshed into a global music scene. I will say this: I miss the New York City music scene and all of the talented artists that come along with it!

Tell us what you have planned for the rest of 2020? Any surprises?

Ah, there you go using the “p” word again – haha! I guess there wouldn’t be any surprises if you knew about them, right?

Where can we find you online and get our hands on your new music?

You can keep up with all of my happenings by visiting: ​www.egmusicnyc.com

To listen to my music, you can type “​Emily Gabriele​” in the search bar of any streaming platform.

If you’re on social media, follow me on Instagram ​@egmusicnyc​– DM me your thoughts on “You Oughta Know,” I promise I’ll respond!