Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Bombo Fabrika Remix (Feat. Little Simz)
I went to an event last night in New York City. It was a music industry event discussing the future of music in 2018. No music was played; the purpose of the event was to ignite discourse. It was a nice change of pace from your typical concert interaction of yelling over high volumes of sound. The event was put on by a group called Now What? Click the link to join the Facebook community. If you live in New York City, and are in the music business, I highly recommend participating. The conversation was stimulating, and there were a bunch of cool people who’s brains I could pick.
A lot of music is done online these days, so it’s nice to meet other musicians face-to-face in a non-music environment. Putting a face to music is another avenue of artist discovery that I enjoy. One artist I met at the event was Gabriel Garzón-Montano.
As I do at most of these events, I’m quick to listen to who I’ve met face-to-face. I listened to Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s new remix of Bombo Fabrika, a song off his Jardín (Instrumentals) album. The remix features vocals from Little Simz, a 23-year-old alien from the north side of London. The bass line on the track dances so fluidly with Little Simz’ voice. The harmony between Gabriel’s celestial, stringy ambiance and Little Simz’ English grime flow were unique compliment. I loved this track. Gabriel’s soulful voice during the chorus adds a poetic contrast to the composition.
On his album, Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings about the first-generation hustle and universal challenges of love, legacy, and exploring the maze of one’s own mind. Gabriel’s music is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage. He credits his mother, for his painstaking attention to detail and immense admiration for music. She was a member of the Philip Glass ensemble in the 1990’s.
After releasing his debut EP, Bishouné, Gabriel was invited to go on tour with Lenny Kravitz, supporting him on 23 concerts across Europe. While touring, he was notified that his song, 6 8, was going to be sampled by Drake on his full-length album, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. I posted that song below as well. After the tour, Garzón-Montano was billed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits while on tour with Glass Animals and Mayer Hawthorne.
In 2016, he came back to New York to record Jardín. He’s got a beautiful quote about what inspired that album name…
“I wanted to make music that would remind people how beautiful life is – how delicate their hearts are. A garden is full of life, and growth, and beauty. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on. I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky.”