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Gabriel Garzón-Montano on being influenced by Prince

Link here: https://ew.com/music/gabr...um-aguita/

From EW - By Malcolm-Aimé Musoni

November 13, 2020 at 09:00 AM EST

Nope - I've never heard of Gabriel either!

Relevant bit here:


When you look at your album cover or how you approach even singing falsetto, there’s a clear Prince influence. It feels very intentional and honest. Can you explain how he has further influenced y

our work?

The cover for Agüita is a nod to Prince’s Lovesexy, like down to the pinky. Prince is a figure who is really the book on how to do it correctly. As I started discovering this urge to play all the instruments in the rhythm section, I started identifying references, and Prince to me is the perfect crystallization. He owned his business and created a literal factory. To me, P is the baddest of them all, down to the splits, the heels, the three-outfit changes a day, making one record, and playing all the instruments.

Prince was able to embody femininity in his presentation that didn’t feel like a gimmick or a schtick. We see a lot of male artists today not able to have that authenticity and then do things that feel less about who they are and more about marketing, trying to have it both ways and being “edgy.’ They’ll answer questions about their sexuality but say a lot to say nothing. Earlier you identified yourself as a “so-called straight man.” What does that mean?

It means that I love women... I’ve had experiences with men and they don’t feel the same way. I fall in love with men and women. My experiences have been mostly with women. I lived in a world that taught me I was a straight white man and that my deviance from whatever that looked like, to whomever decided, would mark my path. I made the choices I made, I continue to and I do it easily. When I look back at the community I was raised in New York, it was a community of loving crazy people, it was sex-positive, it was all different types of people. A lot of my mom’s friends were gay Black men and were a big part of this flavor that informed my household culture in addition to being French, Colombian, and having my mother speak five languages and touring the world. When people say, “What... do you identify with?” Well, I feel like an outsider until I get to school. And then like, all my boys in the dance conservatory are finally kissing me in the face and hugging and it's all good, you know? And they just see the look in my eye and it's not this crazy, violent thing that I've seen in a lot of my confused boyfriends who really just resemble this heteronormative image that we were asked to chase.

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Reply #1 posted 11/20/20 4:35am

rednblue

Didn't know of him either, and glad to learn! So many interesting observations in the article excerpt you posted.

Got me reading more:

"The Brooklyn native and first-generation child of French and Colombian immigrants is informed by both parents’ experiences; growing up, he heard classical composers like Bach and Debussy alongside the cumbia and salsa legends of his father’s native land. Outside their house, on the streets of New York, he consumed a steady diet of hip-hop and pop greats: Prince, J Dilla, Sly and the Family Stone. “All of my impulses come out of taking trips to Colombia, growing up in New York, and feeling more at home with salsa music and all that, combined with encountering American funk music and r&b,” he tells the Voice. “[That’s] what’s responsible for all my rhythms.”

https://www.villagevoice....n-to-tape/

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Reply #2 posted 11/20/20 4:53am

jdcxc

Thanks for this. Love when the Org introduces new artists influenced by Prince.

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Reply #3 posted 11/20/20 8:42am

RJOrion

that music is horrible and sounds in NO way influenced by Prince... not Prince Nelson, anyway...

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Reply #4 posted 11/20/20 9:14am

TheGloved1

I caught this guy in concert a few years back, my Dad is a huge fan.

Towards the end of his set he did a cover of She's Always In My Hair and Dorothy Parker and noticed I was singing along.

After the show I went over and spoke with him. Nice guy who described covering Prince's music as being like his comfort zone.

His 2017 material sounded better live than the studio versions. I'll have to give the new stuff a spin.
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