PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
[Albert Vinasco Durig} I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky in the Midwest of the United States. Though a mid-size city, Louisville had a very vibrant arts and music scene. My older brother played guitar and brought me along to his first band as their bass player. The band was a punk band called “The Endtables” and we enjoyed some success at the regional level and released one album. From there I was hooked. I would go on to play guitar and lead guitar for other bands including “The Uninvited” a thrash metal band in the mid-eighties.
(Sally Elsey) I was born in London, and have lived in the South East of England all my life. I started playing the violin at age 7, and then went on to learn the piano. I started listening to Rock music at an early age, and soon decided that I wanted to play keyboards in a rock band. I played in a few bands in my teenage years, and then started writing and recording songs on my own.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
[Albert Vinasco Durig] Both Sally and I grew up on classic rock and roll such as Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Who, Deep Purple, Camel, Genesis, Black Sabbath etc. We both enjoy progressive rock and metal as well by bands such as Rush and Dream Theater. We like to write songs with mysterious, even mystical themes. Gabriel is an arch angel found in the world’s three major religions. We often write songs from the perspective of Gabriel who is bridging the gap between this world and the hereafter. Our songs also have themes of twisted love, obsession, mysticism, religion, and life after death.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
[Albert Vinasco Durig] To write another song.
(Sally Elsey) To write great music, and share it with as many people as possible.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
[Albert Vinasco Durig] Looking back on the catalogue of music Sally and I have created as Gabriel over the last decade.
(Sally Elsey) Hearing our songs that we are so proud of, being played on the radio.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
We have been recording our songs for the last 13 years in our home studios, and have usually tried to promote our music ourselves. We are lucky enough to have Metal Devastation PR helping us promote our new single “Hounds from Heaven”.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
(Sally Elsey) Because of our situation, with Albert and I living on different continents, we have concentrated on recording. Although we haven’t ruled out ever doing a live show, it hasn’t happened yet.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
(Sally Elsey) There’s no doubt that the music industry has changed incredibly over the last couple of decades. The days of going to a record shop to buy your favourite music are all but gone now. I think the streaming sites have made access to all music really easy for the consumer, but there’s very little reward for the artists.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
[Albert Vinasco Durig} Too many to mention. J
(Sally Elsey) So many, but I think “Wuthering Heights” would be up there.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
(Sally Elsey) I would love the big radio stations (at least here in the UK) to play more of the great music that’s out there, instead of the very limited amount of songs that they have on rotation that are dictated to them by the powers that be.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
[Albert Vinasco Durig] Completing new upgrades to my studio so I can begin writing and recording again soon.
(Sally Elsey) Working on new song ideas.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Our website: https://www.gabrielthemusic.com/