Sunday, April 8th, 2012 | Sounds | 3 Comments
Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker has been producing under many guises since the early 2000’s. More widely known as GB or Gifted & Blessed, the Los Angeles based producer has amassed an impressive catalog of releases and remixes; worked with legendary artists Airto & Flora Purim and his works have been widely heard through high profile ad placements. Gabriel was kind enough to answer a few questions, where he goes into some of his influences, how he began producing and how he enjoys discovering older gems over today’s more disposable music.
PYF: What is your earliest musical memory?
GB: I remember watching Tears for Fears on MTV as a baby and drumming along with sticks.
PYF: Who are some of your influences, both musical and non-musical? and how does their influence transpire in your work?
GB: I’m not even sure where to begin…I’m influenced by the music of the world…jazz, early electronic, field recordings, folkloric music, hip hop…and lots more. My non-musical influences range from personal experiences to relationships to mythology to nature. There are many great people who have come before and who are here now whom I admire. A question like this is particularly hard for me because as an artist my primary intention is to express what is true for me. I can’t say I seek out influences to inspire my work, it just happens, and ultimately as creators I think what we all create comes from one divine Source of inspiration.
PYF: How did you get into producing music? Was there anyone in particular that inspired/ helped you on your musical path? Read full interview…