If you read the title of the article and the name Gabi Sklar didn’t ring a bell, don’t worry! You’re about to find out more about her in a second. She’s an up-and-coming musician, originally from New York, who moved to Miami to study music. Although her discography is not very wide yet, if you are a pop music lover, I’m sure you will become a fan of Gabi immediately.
With an ocean and a huge time difference between Gabi and The Yorker, we have decided that the best way to do an interview was via email. We asked her about her latest single and music video, her career and her life. Here are Gabi’s answers to our questions. But, before you start reading, take a moment to listen to the first song she wrote and released, ‘LA Changes You’.
Hello Gabi, I hope you’re having a great day! You released your song ‘Liberteens’ which follows your 2016 debut ‘LA changes you’. Do you think your style of writing music and singing changed between these two milestones and if yes, how?
Oh yeah, for sure. When I had written ‘LA Changes You’, I was fourteen, but when I wrote ‘Liberteens’, I was sixteen. So many people say “it’s only a year or it’s only two years”, but so much happens and evolves and changes in that span of time. I was just starting high school when I wrote the first single and I was nearly done with high school when I wrote the second so in that time, I changed, my style of music changed and I was at a point in my life where I was experiencing so much more than I was before.
You said in previous interviews that the lyrics of ‘Liberteens’ were inspired by your high school experiences. Is there a particular fun/crazy memory from high school you would like to share with us?
There are so so many. I think every weekend it was just something new. As amazing as my town was, crazy things went on.
Along with the new single came a music video as well and it seems like you had a lot of fun filming it. Has the music video turned out to be like you imagined it or were there things that you think could’ve been different?
I mean I love the video but there are always new ideas that come to mind, although there are very few things I’d change about this one. I think the video did a good representation of what goes on at parties and in real life so I was happy to see everything come to life.
Since The Yorker’s audience is mostly British, I have to ask, do you think your music is more directed to an American audience, or do you think it can appeal equally to an international one?
I think it could be equally aimed at an American and international audience. My sound is fun and edgy and I think overall, extremely relatable whether you’re ten, thirty, American or not. You’ve only heard two songs but there’s a lot more up my sleeve.
Who is your dream collaboration and why?
I love Alex Turner and his writing is brilliant so I would love to collab with him.
What are your top 3 most played songs at the moment?
‘Say It To My Face’ – Maty Noyes
‘I Like Me Better’ – Ryan Riback Remix
I read that one of your favourite musicians is ZZ Ward. What is your favourite song from her?
Either ‘Move Like U Stole It’ or ‘Put the Gun Down’…or ‘Last Love Song’… Too hard to pick one.
Besides your music career, you are also a music student at the University of Miami. Out of the thousands of universities in the world, what made you choose the University of Miami?
They have an amazing music program. I always pictured myself on the West Coast because that’s where a majority of the music scene is, but I ended up in Miami and love it. It ended up being an oddly good fit for me: good music, a big culture, an amazing city and warm weather.
You said in an interview that before deciding on the subject of music, you were looking into criminology. Why did that subject appeal to you?
I remember taking a forensics class in high school and not only was I weirdly good at it, but I also found it so fascinating. There are so many different topics that fall into criminology and I always loved hearing about different cases. One of my friends and I would watch Forensic Files or 60 Minute Specials on Friday nights while everyone was at parties and would just text each other the entire time arguing who the killer is. I guess I like the mystery behind it.
I read that you are into fashion as well. If you were to jump back in time and live there for a while, which period from the past would you choose, based only on the fashion trends of that period, and why?
Once upon a time, I would have said somewhere in the 1700s, but after putting on that Marie Antoinette dress in my video, I completely take that back— the thing weighed about fifteen pounds and I had two people dressing me. I think maybe the 20s or 80s. I love the trends with makeup and hair in the 80s especially but I just feel like being a woman in the 20s was so powerful because so much was being changed in history— women were finally wearing makeup and shorter dresses. It was a milestone in fashion… but then again, the 80s had vinyl trousers and scrunchies.
And, since we’re playing the time-travelling game, for the last question, let’s pretend we’re going to 2028 and we’re looking at the 10-years-older version of you who has released many acclaimed songs and albums, gained a huge fan base, has her name all over the media and so on. What differences between the present you and the older you do you think you would notice?
I think I would be more experienced and have acquired a lot more knowledge in the world and industry. I look at fourteen years old me versus eighteen years old me and think of all that’s changed. Like I mentioned before, so much can happen in just one year, so ten years from now… wow. I hope that I’ve travelled the world more, released a bunch of music and have met a lot of my fans. That is the goal.
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