Gabriella Metz – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
GM: I’m a musician, more specifically a signer-songwriter, but that is because that was my area of focus of study. Other than performing and songwriting I have been involved in music production and music business, music education, music therapy and music journalism. Generally speaking however, I have found myself caught up with anything connected to music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GM: I grew up in a household where music was part of our everyday activities and an essential bond within the family members. As a toddler, my most vivid childhood memory is giving recitals with toy microphones and guitars in front of my parents, which ultimately led to the beginning of piano lessons at the age of four. Followed by the influences of my mother and grandfather which were deeply involved within the Greek music industry I gained the massive interest to actually pursue music to the extent that I have to this day.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GM: From a musical perspective, I would say that my inspiration is not limited to a specific type of genre or artist. I admire equally both classical and contemporary artists, for example Lara Fabian and Celine Dion, but also Amy Lee and Serj Tankian. Nevertheless, when it comes to my own composition and songwriting, I tend to draw inspiration from my emotions. At the end of the day, performing is an act of expression and each artist expresses themselves in their own unique way.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
GM: My dream is to always be surrounded by music; as it is my one true passion and writing lyrics and music is what makes me feel whole.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GM: The tracks in my debut album “Breaking Infinity” were a collaboration between Chris Cara and myself. as I’ve stated previously, songwriting is often about showcasing suppressed feelings which falls true in the current case. Many of the songs in the album have drawn inspiration from people close to me and express indirectly the either bittersweet memories they have left behind or the gratitute and comfort I have found in their presence. “Breaking Infinity” is by no means a perfect album but it certainly does account as a huge milestone towards my music career and it will always be a project which be held closely to my heart. Like every individual, musicians and artists do grow and thus I am hopeful that in the future I will be able to reflect back on this album and be proud of my very first steps as a competent artist.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
GM: I always share my music and upcoming shows on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Spotify. Recently I have been fortunate enough to have my music featured on live air in radio stations in across Europe.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
GM: The music industry has become a very tough one to be in. downloading music legally such as Spotify and Apple Music does not harm the artists, on the contrary it provides positive and fair exposure. However, on the contrary, when people download music illegally then artists lose their rights; at the end of the day music is a product which is produced and provided to the public and it is only fair towards the artists to be rewarded for their efforts.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GM: I am in deep awe of “The Phantom of the Opera”; from a very young age I was fascinated by the performances, both musical and theatrical. The vocal range used in the particular musical has a high level of difficulty that intrigues me more than anything else so far.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
GM: That would have to be dishonesty, hypocrisy and people without any discipline in their personal lives.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
GM: I am the type of person who always likes to push beyond the comfort zone and thinking outside of the creativity box. Even though some might perceive this as a negative trait I am my self’s harshest judge which means I do not easily feel proud of myself.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GM: I’m taking things slow at the moment, mainly due to Covid-19 which has slowed down everything within the industry. On the other hand, I have seen this as an opportunity to begin composing and writing songs for my next album on a more relaxed pace which also helps on a creative level.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
GM: Unfortunately, future shows have been postponed until further notice again due to social restrictions of the pandemic. On a general note however, I’m looking to use this “break” as an opportunity to improve on a perfomative and songwriting level sans the pressure and stress which goes hand in hand with preparations for live performances.
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