Kim Gebriel is definitely one to look out for, from the first line on her Oasis EP “Pretty like the beach in the Caribbean” to the end, her sound and melodies are captivating. She took time out to answer a few questions we had for her:
CanadianYardie(CY): Who is KimGebriel as an artist?
Kim Gebriel(KG): Kim Gebriel is a talented singer/songwriter who expresses her thoughts and emotions through her music.
CY: What sets you apart from the other emerging artists out now?
KG: I’m pretty versatile in the way that I write. I don’t necessarily have to be vocal in order to come up with something and even though I have a soft voice, it’s pretty powerful with the emotions attached to it.
CY: What do you most and least like about the music industry?
KG: The only thing I’d say is the competitiveness. Some artists need to be supportive of other artists’ success. It’s all a process and there’s room for everyone if we support each other.
CY: In this social media age, is it harder or easier to get that big break everyone is searching for?
KG: I think that a lot more people are on social media now so it’s easy to put stuff out there but harder because there are so many artists and everyone uses it. It’s about the right persons seeing your art.
CY: What genre would you place your music in and why?
KG: I like to think of myself as dynamic so I’m open to everything, but for now I’ve been doing a lot of caribpop, reggae and afrobeat inspired music.
CY: How important is it for an artist to be able to perform his/her music live and why?
KG: I realized It’s important to perform music live in order to connect with fans. I recently started performing and I realized the more intimate settings allow me to not only sing, but talk with those who support me and meet new people.
CY: Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite musicians?
KG: I find that I listen to many genres such as dancehall, reggae, reggaeton, pop, indie, and even trap, so I wouldn’t say I have a favorite in particular or someone who influences me the most. I do admire artists like Syd, Jhene Aiko and Kehlani. I can say My friend Roe Summerz has inspired me a lot though. He’s an insane artist and producer and I get good energy from him.
CY: What is the best advice you have received so far on your musical journey?
KG: Stop worrying about what others think about you and just go with the flow. If you worry about unnecessary things you’ll lose focus on the reason why you do music. Believe in what you have to offer.
CY: Tell us about your biggest accomplishment musically so far.
KG: So far my biggest accomplishment in music is the release of my debut EP ‘Oasis’ and the hosting of my Listening Party recently. I’ve also been asked to perform during Art Basel this year so that’s exciting.
CY: Who would you want to work with locally and internationally and why?
KG: Locally, I’d like a chance to work with Popcaan. I think he’s full of energy no matter what his songs are about and that definitely radiates through his music. I’d also want to work with Chronixx. He’s extremely passionate about his music and his writing is articulate and harmonies are insane. Internationally, I’d like to work with Ariana Grande whether it be featuring on a song with her or just writing for her. I’d also want to work with this singer/songwriter by the name of Mohombi. His music crosses over from afrobeat, pop and even reggaeton. So I think working with him would expose me to the different markets.
CY: What should we look out for, from Kim Gebriel for the remainder of the year and beyond?
KG: Look out for some visuals for a few of the songs off my EP as well as some new and even better music and performances.