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.