“I try to perform at as many shows as I can or crash as many shows as I can. People only take you seriously if you’re in their faces but mostly you have to ask them to listen.”
Check out the interview with Gahbaie exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Gahbaie: I started writing songs and learned to play the piano. The drive to become a professional artist only came in my late teens. From there I started recording and practicing singing. I never took vocal training, but realized the more I sang the better my voice became. The more I wrote, the better my lyrics became. And now I’m here.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
I try to perform at as many shows as I can or crash as many shows as I can. People only take you seriously if you’re in their faces but mostly you have to ask them to listen. Just telling them you’re an artist isn’t gonna make them run to look you up.
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
To be a very successful indie artist. Grammy award winning, substantial, and respected in the industry. Realistically I will be content with much less once I could sufficiently make a good living. A good friend told me to strive for the furthest my dreams can take me.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
That grind and hustle. Everyone is doing it and there are so many people are doing it well. I always have to keep improving and keep my sets in check. Then again it’s the same thing. Getting the people to actually listen and being committed. I have no worries. I’m patient and have immense drive.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
Currently I live in New York City, the music scene is great in terms of being very active. There is always a show or an open mic somewhere. I ‘m always amused and impressed with the creativity out here. It keeps me on my toes. Everyone knows NYC is very expensive. I love it though. I have also found a great team of people I (as these Americans say) “FU$K” with.
What are some of advice you can give and share to other artists who are still trying to come up?
Don’t get lazy. Some really amazing and talented artists lack drive and commitment. Things can be so easy for them because they naturally have that star quality and rhythm, but they don’t want it. They don’t want it bad enough. It’s cool though, when I reach the top I’m dropping all bandwagonists.
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
Performing at the Special Olympics opening ceremony.
What is your inspiration?
My love for creating music.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Absolutely, but the music has to be great.