Gab Rhome has been treating us with sonic happiness with some absolutely stellar records on labels like Anjunadeep, All Day I Dream and Kindisch. Soaking inspiration from artists like Ulrich Schnauss, James Holden, Four Tet and Burial, Gab's productions are a blend of lush melodic vibes and a rythm that takes you on a cosmic journey. Gab Rhome returned to India this month for a tour which culminates on the pristine sands of Morjim Beach, Goa. He plays at Goa's biggest boutique festival, Krank which this year will be taking place at Club RE:Fresh. Gab will be playing on the 27th of December and we hear that it is going to a 3-Hour Journey Set. We had a chat with Gab while he was in Mumbai last weekend. Read the full interview below.
Hi Gabriel, it is great to have you at the CME HQ. 2017 is about to end, how do you reflect back on the year?
2017 has been quite exceptional. I think it was the year in which the ball started rolling very fast on its own. I wore a lot of different robes in different hotel rooms, it's a great thing.
You toured India recently and it was surely a memorable one for your fans. What do you expect from the crowd this time?
Every events were great but the sundowner event in Mumbai was so magical. I really liked the Indian crowd and I'm happy to be back.
You have releases on some of the finest labels in the world like Anjunadeep, Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream, Sasha’s Last Night On Earth& Guy Gerber’s Supplement Facts. How does it feel to be a part of such big labels?
Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
You’ve been a huge jazz fan growing up. How did you get into electronic dance music? How do you feel has your own music evolved over the last few years?
I got into electronic music through shoegaze flavored rock. Through that scene I discovered James Holden and the rest is history. My sound has relaxed and simplified itself: I used to go overboard with the amount of audio channels (I still do)
What instruments / software’s do you use while producing music and what thought process goes behind when you sit down and start making a track ?
It's all about capturing a moment, mood or feeling. I can't expect people to resonate with my music if I'm not feeling it myself. I have a bunch of hardware and weird cables. My studio process is usually me wearing a robe, drinking wine and expressing myself through primal screams in a microphone.
Growing up in Montreal, Canada how did you find the electronic dance music scene over there?
Very healthy. It's very close to Europe culturally.
Goa is a destination where every artist loves to play when they tour India. Are you excited to play there too ?
I'd be lying if I said no. I'm definitely looking forward to it.
What does 2018 hold in store for Gab Rhome?
12 months and 365 days.There's a lot of Eps coming out too.
Catch Gab Rhome at Krank in Goa on the 27th of December. You can get your tickets here : KRANK GOA