Interview: Introducing Gabriel Garzon-Montano

 

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Earlier this month, we introduced you to Gabriel Garzon-Montano, an upcoming NYC based vocalist and musician who recently released his debut EP, Bishoune: Alma del Huila. We caught up with Gabriel for a little Q&A to help y’all get better acquainted. Get to knowin’ and enjoy!

Giant Step: Your music touches on a lot of different sounds; What/whom would you cite as your influences?

Gabriel Garzon-Montano: Alexandra Montano, Alfredo Garzón, Arthur Rimbaud, The Beatles, Claude Debussy, D’Angelo, J Dilla, Lil Wayne, Milton Nascimento, Prince, Saul Steinberg, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Toto La Momposina.

GS: How does being a multi-instrumentalist play into your relationship with music?

GGM: It has deepened my understanding of the track and the role that each ingredient plays.

GS: What’s some of your favorite music right now? Who are you listening to?

GGM: Madlib and Freddie Gibbs, Willie Colón y Hector Lavoe, Dilla, Stevie… among others. I’m starting to get into that old school Chicago house as well.

GS: Is there a certain way in which you wish for people to receive your music? Do you aim for a desired effect?

GGM: Heartbreak and assurance tied up into a delicious piece of music.

GS: Having now released your first project, there are so many roads that could lie ahead for you. Imagining there are no limitations, where would you like to take your music and career?

GGM: I want to create every day for the rest of my life. I also want to travel the world and get paid to spread this love.

‘NY Loves Dilla’ at Inaugural Event Hosted by Ma Dukes

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Words by Korby Benoit

Since my earliest experiences listening to acts like Run DMC, The Fat Boys and UTFO the sound of hip-hop always made sense to me.  No one had to explain it to me or tell me that this was the “cool” music to listen to. Hip-hop has provided my musical foundation and my entry into the world of the arts.

In the spring of 1996, I was a high school student attending the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. By that time, I was a hip-hop geek who took great pride in his TDK and Maxell cassette collection of rap radio shows. I used to record Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito, The Underground Railroad with Jay Smooth, and DJ Evil Dee on Hot 97. Nevertheless, it was another Hot 97 show that introduced me to James Dewitt Yancey a.k.a. Jay Dee the artist later known as J Dilla. Future Flavors was the show and it was hosted by two of the genre’s most important and influential producers, Marley Marl and Pete Rock.

As I recall, at some point during their mix, Marley and Pete got on the mic to announce they were about to play a remix by Jay Dee. While I don’t remember if this was a remix for De La Soul, Busta Rhymes or Keith Murray, I do remember the level of excitement in the voices of the two hosts. I remember enjoying the song and like hip-hop itself, the sound just spoke to me. Yet this time in a way that was a little different; The sound was more melodic and the bass groove was simply groovier than anything I’d ever heard. At the time, it sounded like hip-hop from the future. Later I learned that Dilla was also responsible for Pharcyde’s “Runnin,” which was already one of my favorite songs in their catalog. It was evident that the producer had emerged with a new sound that rap luminaries and fans loved and longed for.

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Phantogram Turn Up Oakland’s Fox Theater

 

Photos by Kola Shobo
Words by Brandon Diaz

Hot off the presses with their second full-length release entitled Voices, the Upstate New York duo brought that boom to a sold out room.

The night kicked off with a mild dose of dream pop by opener White Sea. Fronted by the sultry M83 vocalist, Morgan Kibby, their 80’s-esque tunes wafted through the theater as the cool kids piled in quickly, eager to be close for the headliners. The trio played a near seamless set of agreeable tunes, including “Mountaineer,” just mellow enough to classify as chill, but gallant enough to command attention through bold falsettos, and confident drumming.

But even with garnering fair attention from an audience eager for the main event, the showstopper of White Sea’s set wasn’t their nocturnal, yet dancy “Cannibal Love,” but rather Kibby’s gold Wonder Woman belt and midnight purple pants-gown that drew eyes to the stage.

…and then there was that one group.

With her donning a cropped black and white leather jacket and him sporting crisp white button up and classic Fender guitar, Sarah Barthel, and Josh Carter, better known as Phantogram, brought their unparalleled sound machine to a very excitable Oakland crowd.

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Video: Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Maseo Speak In Celebration of J Dilla

 

Earlier this month, Red Bull Music Academy and Boombox in LA collaborated to put together a party and a sit down lecture featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Maseo (De La Soul). The celebratory focus was the life and music of the late great J Dilla. The talk was hosted by our pal Cognito of Frolab.

Get schooled and enjoy!

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