Interview – Gabrielle Ornate

Gabrielle Ornate is a fantastic up and coming artist on the scene right now, releasing a new song titled Free Falling in May. I liked the track so decided to do an interview to find out a little more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Free Falling, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Free Falling is my infectious new single, laden with instrumental ear worms and vocal hooks that stick like glue. It’s about fearlessly taking a leap into the unknown and becoming empowered in the process of doing so.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

No, actually the opposite! The pandemic gave me so much more free time to focus on pure creativity so it was a very fruitful time for me. I discovered the essence of my artistry and ended up writing and producing a whole lot of songs which I started releasing in February 2021.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

To be honest, my writing process changes depending on the song. It’s like completing a jigsaw puzzle – sometimes the pieces find their counterparts easily but, other times, it takes longer to fit everything together. Most of the time, me or my musical partner, Orlando, come up with a riff and jam a vocal melody, and then write the lyrics to fit that melody whilst making sure it fits with my lyrical theme/message. Production-wise, Orlando and I join forces and let our minds wander down experimental rabbit roles of soundscapes and analogue goodness!

Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

I haven’t been writing for a specific EP or album, however all of my tracks fit within my sound aesthetic and lyrical imagery. Some of the tracks I’ve made aren’t necessarily suitable as singles but would still fit well within a live set list and EP/album.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Absolutely. I’ve got a few tracks up my sleeve (with the next one being released in August). Amping it up one song at a time – watch this space!

Whereabouts are you based and what is the local music scene like?

I’m currently based in a scenic town called Sunningdale, however there isn’t really much of a music scene here so I end up going to London most of the time, scouting out exciting new bands and performing at a variety of venues, myself.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I’m inspired by quite a few things. Firstly, surrealism and fantasy – I’ve always been drawn to fictional worlds such as Frank Baum’s Oz and Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, so I find myself visiting these mystical places in my mind and exploring these themes within my songwriting. Next, bohemia – I resonate a lot with the aesthetic of the bohemian women pictured in Pre-Raphaelite artwork. However, I seek to take the male vision of passive womanhood and turn it on its head. Lastly, atmospheric soundscapes – I love musical groups such as Boards of Canada, Cluster and Harmonia and aim to incorporate rich walls of sound within my work.

In regards to what I’ve been listening to lately, I’ve been enjoying Wolf Alice, Boards of Canada and Radiohead.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

This Friday night I’m performing at a female-fronted event at the Amersham Arms and I’m also booked to play at the Leake Street tunnel in Waterloo on 4th August. But there are a lot more gigs in the pipeline…

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

You can expect a fiery performance from me with buckets of power and attitude. My band are groovy as hell and pack a serious punch! Riff-laden pop rock with a special ability to make your head bob. Come and see me perform live if you want to hear a set list worth of tunes that you can’t get out of your head.

Any last words for the fans?

I hope my music resonates with you in some way. If you like what you hear, keep an eye out for my next single The Undying Sleep, which is due to be released in August. Stay tuned for more from me…