Sunday 28th January 2018
Geo Gabriel is a London-based Soul artist who has worked with some huge names in the music industry, including Jay-Z, Madonna, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Placebo, Beverley Knight and Ed Sheeran, just to name a few! He has also spent four years working with Bazil Meade, the founder of the world famous London Community Gospel Choir, responsible for recording the backing track of The Lion King’s “The Circle of Life”. At the top of his mission list, Geo wants to continue contributing his own music to the world, and has just released his latest single “Destiny”, which is to be followed by an album release later this year. I caught a moment with Geo to find out more about his experiences in the industry and latest release.
What artists and genres did you listen to growing up, and who or what encouraged you to pursue a career in the music industry?
When growing up I listened to lots of soul, rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz ranging from artists like Michael Jackson, Motown music, Phyllis Hyman, Earth Wind & Fire, David Bowie, Led Zeplin, Aerosmith, Genesis, Journey, Santana, Gun N’ Roses, Queen, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, John Holt, Ella Fitzgerald, Grover Washington, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Kool G Rap, KRS -1, Leaders Of The New School, Steely Dan, New Edition, Prince, Parliament Funkadelic, etc.
You’ve worked with some really big names (Jay-Z, Madonna, Roger Waters, Ed Sheeran, to name a few). Could you tell me more about how these opportunities came about?
Some opportunities came to me via agencies I worked for, the Madonna and Roger Waters gig (Cà Ira) was via Choir connexion agency, because I used to be a member of London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) while Ed Sheeran and Jay-Z were based on recommendations.
Who have you enjoyed working with the most, and do you have any memorable moments?
I’ve really enjoyed working with them all, I say Lionel Richie was so much fun. He was very down to earth and brought such a great vibe on stage, we had a dance-off on stage and as well, he was an absolute professional!
You also spent four years working with Bazil Meade. Are you able to tell me more about this experience, and what you achieved together during this time?
Bazil Meade is a legend, he’s the real deal!! His training is second to none, he helped sharpen skill in the area of voicing, working with harmonies which today I use in my vocal productions. Bazil Meade also introduced me to the world of session singing whereby I got a large amount of work with big artists through him.
How have these experiences encouraged you in your own music as an independent artist?
These experiences have encouraged me to keep working on my craft as a vocalist, presentation of my music as a whole, develop a great work ethic and aim for the top in terms of artistry.
It sounds as though you spend a lot of time working with other artists, but how do you find time to focus on your own material?
I have to always remember my ‘big why’ I entered the music game. I believe in keeping my mission at the forefront of my vision, this means regardless of what’s going in my life I have to make time for my music, because first and foremost I am an artist/singer/songwriter/producer, this means creating and contributing my music to the world is at the top of my mission list.
Could you tell me about your new single ‘Destiny’ and the inspiration behind it?
Destiny is a song about my life as an artist/entertainer, bright lights different cities different tours, plane hopping, hotels galore, performing on different stages around the world, these are some of the elements that make me the man who I am and I embrace it all because it’s no fluke I landed here, it’s my destiny. The inspiration for the song’s concept is my life as an artist/entertainer, as for musical inspiration it’s Quincy Jones in terms of production and Michael Jackson for the vocal styling.
Will there be a video released for the single?
Yes, there will be a video for Destiny, we’re in talks of getting one done.
Are you looking to release an EP or album in the near future?
This year I will be releasing my album and I’m very excited about it.
What other artists are you listening to at the moment, and do you have any recommendations?
I’m currently listening to Gene Noble, BJ The Chicago Kid, PJ Morton, 9th Wonder, Phonte, Foreign Exchange, The Walls, Zacardi Cortez.