Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Hello, I’m actually called Gabby Young, or Gabrielle when I’m in trouble! I was born and bred into the English countryside – in the middle of nowhere near Bath and was lucky enough to have an amazing childhood full of animals – my mum was a race horse trainer and we had 6 dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and hamsters! My family are crazy and we are all very close so it was very happy.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

Well I’ve been performing music for a longer time than I’d like to admit but I have toured my music all over the world for about 8 years – mainly as ‘Gabby Young and Other Animals’ which was my 8 piece circus swing/gypsy jazz band for 3 albums but last year I had massive jolt to my life when I discovered I had thyroid cancer (I had had it 10 years before as well and it returned.) It came along at a massive crossroads time for me as I was starting to wonder about stepping back from music but then there was uncontrollable force making me take a break and when I came back from it I decided I wanted to do things very differently. The ‘circus swing’ of my old band no longer felt fresh to me and I wanted a massive change of direction so decided to just go by Gabby Young, replaced the brass with synths, the strings with pedals and started exploring a more electronic side of my music which I am loving – I feel so excited by music again and I can’t stop writing I’m so inspired!

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

‘Through The Trees’ is the perfect first single for me as it sort of bridges the gap between my old sound and new so our lovely loyal fans know what to expect without being too far from what they know. The song is about my struggle with cancer and coming through it and about the fight to save our planet together – basically about fighting and survival. The music video is pretty self explanatory but we hadn’t ever done a straight forward performance video before so we wanted to do that – in the woods to let the song and lyrics speak for themselves. It is meant to be powerful and the colourful fabrics used are a nod to my new found love for dressmaking and fabrics. I also made the massive skirt I wade into the water in – which was a dog pond in the middle of Hampstead Heath and we got a lot of odd looks for!!

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

Oh wow… have you got all day?! I guess the main thing is every time I am faced with a ‘down’ I try and remember that this is what I have always wanted to do – be a singer, tour the world and make music. And chocolate… chocolate makes those moments a lot better!!

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

My partner in crime is now my husband, Stephen Ellis – we have written, produced and worked on all my musical things together for many years and he also plays keys, synths and guitar in the band as well as being a being my rock. He also directed this music video (man of so many talents) and then we worked with the amazing Ryan Pearce who we have done many projects with to film and edit the video and also Rachel Sherlock who is an amazing photographer that I have done lots of lovely shoots was the main camera operator. I LOVE this team and we are all filming the next music video together next week!!

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I guess I have answered all this earlier oops! I have been in the in this industry for a long enough time to see it change massively – from CDs to MP3s to streaming – but I have tried to stay ahead of the curve and produced packaging that makes you want the CD and have always pushed people to coming to see us live as that’s where we really come alive. My future goal is get out to some territories we haven’t been to yet like Scandinavia and South America as we have lovely fans that we want to go play for and also to get back to Japan and Australia.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Everything – from people to stories to films to music to buttons.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Hahah if I knew that I think my life would be very different but I was never about making hits, I make music because I have to- it’s in me and it wants to get out and I love it with all my heart.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

I am so incredibly thankful to all my fans – they have helped me so much from telling their friends about it to actually funding us through our various crowdfunding campaigns – we have actually made so much music together it’s amazing! I want to specially thank our astonishing Patrons who are funding our next album and whole career through Patreon.com – I love having a community around the music to share, inspire and reward our fans with. I’m lucky to have them!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Again, I could be here all day but I would say – know your business – get geeky with it – read up about royalties, licenses and really research any one that wants to work with you – get to know them and trust your instinct.

Also, just be nice. Be nice to everyone – sound guys, promoters, your band, your audience – you will get, create a better time for everyone.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

I have made 4 albums and numerous tours in… and yet it feels like the beginning so I’m just trying to stick to the fresh right now but I am so thankful for every opportunity I have been given and anyone that has ever given time and energy to my music.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

We have been lucky with radio play across the world and love that the BBC in the UK have helped us along the way. A special shout out to Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music who doesn’t just support me but so much new music and gets lesser know acts on the radio. All of my musical friends and I have been played by Tom and we all have so much love for his endless work getting musical discoveries out there. Also to Darren Smithson from Crossfire Radio who is always flying our flag and gives us so much love – what a legend!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I write songs really quickly mostly – they kind of appear to me – with the lyrics already embedded and then I normally sing it to Stephen who then helps me form it into a song then we tweak it together, record a demo in our sitting room and then record it properly soon after. We used to go to a studio but actually we now have the gear to record in our flat. Stephen has a library of books that work really well to deaden the sound and we set up studio mics in there whilst Stephen records in the next door room. It’s very DIY but we spent money and time on a proper recording studio recently only to find that the sound was not great and the tracks had ‘noise’ on them so we had to re record everything and it sounded amazing. The only thing we will go into the studio for now is drums and that’s always a lot of fun!

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Only 5?! Aghhh… Bjork, David Bowie, Kimbra, Kate Bush and Sufjan Stevens.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

I used to sing with Revere who are my favourite band and sadly no more but I want to use this opportunity to say that if you haven’t heard them – go to YouTube and search Revere ‘The Escape Artist’ or ‘Sonder’ and prepare to be taken to an entirely different place.

I would love to collaborate more – bring it on! 😉

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

http://www.gabbyyoung.com/

https://www.patreon.com/gabbyyoung

https://www.facebook.com/gabbyyoung

https://www.youtube.com/gabbyyoungvideos

https://twitter.com/gabbyyoung

https://www.instagram.com/gabbyyoungofficial

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/through-the-trees-single/id1278217958?ls=1&app=itunes

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0759RS4S4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_oCtXzbFJVM4KN

https://open.spotify.com/album/0jr9qBtToaZHn1uRVmi7Z2

https://www.musicglue.com/gabbyyoung

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Oh wow they were both last year…. Happiest was getting married – pure happiness in every way. The saddest was finding out my cancer was back – 2 months before my wedding. That truly sucked.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I am a thrifty kid – I have always made things work with very little so I would definitely not know where to start but I would be straight onto an estate agent to get my own house – one with a garden for my dog, a fireplace and room for a big kitchen table! Oh and I’d take my family on an amazing holiday and get lots of new studio equipment and instruments! So rock and roll!!! 😉


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