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Gabriel Paris is a Sydney-based multi instrumentalist singer/songwriter. Despite his having worked with a huge number of talented artists previously (GRAACE, Ash Grunwald, Boi and Xavier Dunn to name a few), as a writer and touring performer, he’s only recently released his first three songs (all of which, I can confirm, absolutely slap). Gabriel’s first live performance was a massive success, supporting Sammi Constantine for a sold out show at Crows Nest’s Big Music. If the unreleased songs I got a front-row premiere of are any indication, there are big things in store for Gabriel Paris
Hey Gabriel, thanks for taking the time to talk to me tonight! How are you feeling after the set, especially now with some time for it to sink in?
I feel Amazing! It was easily the most fun I’ve had in a long time.
You’ve been playing onstage, touring behind other artists for years and yet somehow this was your first live show playing your own material. How does it feel to have the spotlight on you now, is it different?
I’ve been so lucky to have the opportunity to play for other artists which has definitely helped with how it feels to be in front of people, but it is definitely a different feeling when the show is about you. There is an added layer of pressure to keep people’s attention whilst also keeping them entertained that I haven’t felt before. I loved it though. It’s more work but the feeling you get from it is unrivalled.
So how long have you been playing and writing music?
I’ve been learning music since I was 4, both my parents are music teachers so I was very fortunate to grow up in a musical household. Writing was a different matter, I only started writing when I was about 14. This was mostly just because I started learning other bands’ songs and then desperately wanted to be like them! You can definitely hear those bands’ influence on my sound, groups like Coldplay or the Fray. I’ve always loved cinematic music which I think bleeds into my own as well.
You’ve been writing for years, then, yet your first single, Galaxy, was only released in March this year. What was it that finally pushed you to start recording and releasing your music?
I’ve always wanted to, it just never felt like the right time. Knowing what I know now I should have released it as soon as it was written and just started, but everything has its time and I believe that now is the time for Gabriel Paris.
In your latest single, Kicks In, you talk openly about your struggles with alcohol. It’s quite an emotionally charged, personal song, so what led you to write and release Kicks In, and how does it feel putting something so raw out there for the world to hear?
Song writing has always been a matter of extracting thoughts from my head so that I can either process them or simply forget them. Kicks In was more so the first, I needed to be able to process what was going on in my life and understand what had led me to my issues with alcohol so that I could overcome them. I have issues confronting my true feelings in some situations – whether I’m holding back or pushing feelings down – I need something that gets everything down in black and white. This is what happened with Kicks In, it’s raw, emotional, the truth, and it feels really good to let it out.
What’s next for Gabriel Paris? What can we expect coming up?
More shows hopefully! There’s nothing coming up in regard to live sets YET, but there’s definitely plans to record an EP or Album over the next few months. A lot of the songs you heard tonight still need to be fully recorded!
And finally – Temporary Dreamer has a signature question we ask every artist:
If Kicks In were a colour, what would it be and why?
Blue! For one, it is my favourite colour, but favouritism aside I believe that this song is like a dark blue weighted blanket. Heavy and dark, yet comforting and familiar.