Sydney based multi-instrumentalist, singer/ songwriter and producer Gabriel Paris (aka Gabriel Dunn) is making the right sounds with new single Galaxy. Known for his work with the likes of GRAACE, Ash Grunwald, Xavier Dunn, Sammi Constantine, Rhea Robertson, Luke Wylde, Swamp, Fred Falke & Zen Freemanto name a few it his time for his new project to shine. Gabriel sheds some light with Hi Fi Way on this exciting new project.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Galaxy been so far?
Well, unexpected to say the least… The world is in such an unprecedented state that it seems strange to be getting excited for a song of all things. However, in light of all of this I feel honoured to hopefully be able to keep providing a source of creativity and connection that the world needs more than ever in its current situation.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
YES. There have been countless reiterations of Galaxy and countless more nights of self-doubt that I have had to mentally overcome to get to this stage. I always thought it would be as easy as writing a song, recording it in my bedroom then chucking it up on Spotify… Turns out when you like to overthink the writing can go for days, the recording in your bedroom can turn into weeks of different versions of the same song and that there’s a lot more to it that chucking it up on Spotify.
Sonically, how would describe your music?
I would describe my sound as a full-bodied cinematic experience. I feel like my music follows the classic ‘hero trope’ used in movies, which I hope is what people envision when they listen to my music. The music is meant to make the listener feel like they can be the hero in their own story… I hope this comes across when people listen to Galaxy.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
First and foremost, my family. My parents are both multi-instrumentalist music teachers who raised five boys in a very musical household. They taught me piano, cello and guitar from a young age and have always encouraged & supported my musical pursuits. Not to mention that time they had me playing trombone and timpani in my high school band, or Dads 6am wake-up call to practice which primarily consisted of him running around the house playing his melodica! In terms of artists that inspire me I’ve always loved the music of Queen and Coldplay.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
My parents used to hammer in the philosophy that – ‘We have always found a way, and we always will.’ That is something that has stuck with me. Always have, Always will.
What is the Gabriel Paris life story?
I feel like we are just beginning the first chapter of the Gabriel Paris life story, so I’ll keep you posted as I write it.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
It has always been an ambition of mine to tour the world, but in light of things, this will be something I’ll look forward to in the future
What’s next for Gabriel Paris?
More music. I’ve got a body of works prepared that I cannot wait to release into the world!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers, Gabriel Paris, that they may not know about you?
Only that I want my music to be a source of comfort and hope for people. Whenever they have questions or worries, I hope that I create a space where they feel comfortable. A place where confusion is embraced, questions are mandatory, and the journey is everything.
Interview By Rob Lyon