Known for his deep, melodic productions, dapper fashion sense, and dry sarcasm, Gab Rhome has made an admirable name for himself among friends, peers and fans of the industry. Freshly back from the Burn, we’re grateful to have stolen some words with this Canadian talent before he makes his Electric Island debut this Sunday, September 3 at Hanlan’s Point…
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us — we’re very excited for your Electric Island debut! As a fellow Canadian, tell us what you’ve heard about this Canadian festival?
I heard it’s on an island that has a lot of static electricity. I’ve been told to not bring too many dry ferns, as they may catch on fire.
You’re originally from Montreal. Tell us about your experience with music while growing up in this beautiful city. Which venues/ parties did you frequent? Any personal local favourites?
All of them. My favorite DJ is Randeep: he only played once. And I missed his set. The Doctors are great too.
Always make sure your music is fitting the label. There’s nothing more insulting than sending something that isn’t even close to what the label does.
We see you’ve recently embarked on your first India Tour. What was one of the greatest memories or learning experiences you’ll take from this tour?
The food and the people were the highlights. The gig in Mumbai was very special also: a four hour set in a DJ booth located in the middle of the room, surrounded by warm dancing people in front of a beautiful sunset on the beach.
You’ve released on so many iconic labels — Last Night on Earth, All Day I Dream, Get Physical, Anjunadeep — tell us about those early days, as an artist shopping your tracks. Did you ever have that ‘break through’ track, which started the ball rolling?
My first release on All Day I Dream got the ball rolling. I think that, in the beginning, it’s all about knowing to who, in the label, you should forward your music to. Always make sure your music is fitting the label. There’s nothing more insulting than sending something that isn’t even close to what the label does.
Releasing on diverse labels means that I’m not tied to any specific genre. It keeps my options open and things interesting.
Any future plans to begin your own label?
Not right now. I only work with very nice people and it’s not a frustrating process to sign and release my songs. I actually have nothing unsigned right now so even if I had a label I’d have to release 3 minutes of silence with a John Cage remix.
Touring is great fun — but surely, it’s not easy! Do you have any rituals or rules that you’ve built into your daily life to stay grounded?
Before every show I watch an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm to remind me to always respect wood.
What is one thing you hope to achieve before 2017 comes to a close?
Somehow be gifted a seaplane.
Catch Gab Rhome at Electric Island on Sunday, September 3. Purchase tickets here.