Saturday, July 13, 2024

Interview with multi-faceted artist Gabriel Seize

We sat down with Gabriel Seize, the versatile musician and producer, who recently dropped his highly anticipated debut EP, Prologue, on May 10th, 2024, under his own label, Gabriel Seize Music. Based in Brussels, this self-taught French artist blends electronic music, 3D visuals, and emotive storytelling with compelling vocals. Collaborating with acclaimed French producers Marlon B and Tristan Salvati has brought a distinctive flavour to his music, evident in tracks like ‘Falling Softly’, celebrated at the Belgian Music Video Festival VKRS and amassing over 50K streams. His debut EP embodies cutting-edge synth-pop, drawing inspiration from synth-pop, French Touch, and Sci-Fi elements, with standout tracks like ‘My Video Game’, sampling Atari’s retro racing game to evoke Daft Punk‘s futuristic allure.

Listen to Prologue EP and read our interview with Gabriel Seize below.

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My first audio cassettes, given by my elder brothers, with Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre. Classical music from my parents. The British Trinity BeatlesQueenPink Floyd and most of the alternative music of the 90’s that was played on radios when I was a child (REM, Nada Surf, The Verve…). In the end, this French Touch / Synth Pop vibe I do now came a long time after that, but provides me a good mix of all these tastes: synths, beautiful melodies, harmonies and arpeggios.

For music production, I started on my own, in my bedroom with a cracked version of Cubase, when I was 20. My cubase version is legal now 🙂 But this is still my process, I do music like a child playing with Legos. 

What do you think is the recipe for a great song?

It’s the meeting of a powerful melody or gimmick with something weird, unusual or unheard. But honestly I’m still searching. I think we all do, all our lifetime. 

What are the biggest challenges you have discovered thus far as a musician/producer?

How to really stand out from the crowd. There are so many of us. Thousands and thousands of songs released everyday, and actually most of them sound rather good… It’s hard to really think of something new. But very stimulating of course.

Which albums changed your perspective on the music you make?

Daft Punk Discovery and Random Access Memories, French79 Olympic. These are albums that changed my approach. I also have my classics of course, with the references I just said before

Describe your ideal live-set?

Live energy, powerful sound, but intact emotion and poetry. These two faces are not always easy to combine. 

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

 With my former project, Beautiful Badness, we did some pretty big gigs, sometimes in our own name, sometimes as a support act. The most memorable was a concert in Forest National in Brussels as support for a French band, in front of 5000 people on my 32nd birthday. With this new solo project, I was really moved to see my music video for ‘Falling Softly’ screened in a Music Video Festival in Brussels, on a cinema screen. It was not a big festival, but it was the first time I made a music video all by myself, and watching it this way was very exciting.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Both. It satisfies two different needs. Music creation is for the mind. Live music is for the body. I couldn’t have only one. 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Try not to be discouraged by all the competition, the social networks… See it more like an unlimited source of inspiration. 

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