Get to Know Gabi Ammirato!
Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I’m currently located in Somerville, Massachusetts with my family, we moved here just over 3 years ago. I was born and raised in South Jersey just outside Philadelphia, PA.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My biggest influence growing up as a songwriter would have to be Taylor Swift. I grew up listening to her music and the way she tells stories with her music just captured my heart. When I was around 15 I realized that I wanted to be a songwriter and paint my own pictures and stories through music. I have a Pop feel with some R&B and Funk influences. The jazzy tones and quality of my voice influence my desire to trend in my own genre and fuse together many influences. Today I find myself influenced by the writing and music of artists like Tate MCrae, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Charlie Puth.
What is your latest and greatest?
I’m currently working on my Senior EP entitled “Metamorphosis”. The title has a double meaning because it reflects my personal growth over the last year or two, navigating a global pandemic and the loss of two key people in my life. The second meaning relates to my metamorphosis as an artist throughout my time at Berklee. It is a 4 track EP and it has something for everyone, loss, transformation, love and unity. This EP will be dropping in November so stayed tuned for official dates.
Are you performing LIVE soon?
I’m so excited to say I will be performing live soon! I really thrive off live performances and the energy of the crowd. The connection to the audience feeds my soul and makes me feel so alive when I’m on stage. I plan on having a release show for my EP come December. I’m still solidifying the venue so keep up to date with my socials to find out more! I also plan to perform some live shows after the holiday into the new year
What are you most looking forward to in 2022?
I will be graduating from Berklee College of Music with a double major in songwriting and professional music with concentrations in music business and music production come Spring 2022. I also am working on a second EP due to release in June which will have 4-5 new tracks. Expect a possible single dropping in April to celebrate my birthday and keep the music flowing to my fans. I also am looking forward to doing a small east coast tour this coming summer of 2022 with my band. Also looking forward to many more exciting performances and opportunities in the coming year!
How did you deal with all the changes in the past two years that the music industry has gone through?
I think it was a hard period for most of us in the performance industry and not just financially. Our livelihood was threatened but with adversity comes “silver linings” because we learned new ways to work virtually. I think the hardest part was missing the live part because we thrive off not only the adrenaline in performances but the human connection we can make with the audience.
Personally, I think I’ve learned a lot this year about how to make myself a stronger and more effective artist and advocate in my community. I also learned the importance of being able to do a lot of the process myself. Berklee requires us to learn many different areas and not just stick to the one we are good at or enjoy the most. This helps in today’s DIY music industry, but it also was a huge advantage in weathering the pandemic. I have my own home studio now and can record most of my music there. We also found new creative ways to express ourselves online that allow us to reach so many more people, like live streaming concerts. So overall, I think all these changes were hard in the beginning but have now made us stronger artists. The industry is coming back better than ever!
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
I would tell her that she has an inner strength and drive that will not be denied so just hold on to who she is in her soul and it is going to be an amazing ride!
Growing up I struggled with my confidence at times, and I think when I entered Berklee I was scared I wouldn’t be good enough because everyone had chosen music as their path early in life and had way more musical theory knowledge. It is intimidating to be amongst the best and feel like you have so much catching up to do. Now as I prepare to graduate I look back at those times with pride because I persevered. I got back up every time I got knocked down (Ear Training and Harmony) and just worked harder. I complained about why Core music had to be so hard, but I know I am the artist I am today because of that journey.
I would tell her she is going to be so proud of the artist she is becoming and don’t let the bumps get her down. I would give her a hug and let her know everything happens for a reason and you’re going to be more than alright, you are going to be AWESOME.
On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you?
When it comes to driven I would say I’m at a 9. I would love to say a 10 but I have to be honest and admit that I have my days like anyone else when I get a little behind or tired and don’t have 110% motivation. It doesn’t take long to remember that when it comes to music it is my passion and my purpose in life. I can’t imagine doing anything but music, and I can’t imagine a world without music. So I will continue to push to get to that 10 because I see no other options for me.
When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
When I’m having writer's block or feeling out of it I like to reference my notes app on my phone. I keep a page of hooks and lyrical/ concept ideas. I’m a huge lyric girl so I love to start with a concept/ idea and map It out. I use this tip about myself to spark my motivation. Once I get started I could go all day writing and lose track of time. This sets off a chain reaction because my motivation grows as I get excited to work on that track more. Many times it can stem off to other ideas as well.
How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
Luck is defined as when opportunity meets preparation. So, I think luck and the right timing play a big role in success. Today it is relatively easy to put music out into the world, so the playing field has become crowded. This means it is key to have a long-term plan and be committed to your vision. You must be willing to work hard and stay in the game until your opportunity presents itself. I’m a huge believer in everything happens for a reason so ride the waves of your journey. Practice, be consistent, feed your passion and when luck comes along you will be ready, willing, and able!
How can we stay up to date with you?
You can stay up to date with me by following me on social media and my website (www.gabiammirato.com) which has links to all my socials. I will be driving my social media engagement strongly in the coming months so reach out and follow me. I am very active through stories and dms. I love to hear from my fans and welcome new fans to the family. Appreciate any insights on what you would like to see on my socials as well so reach out and let me know.
Links to any social /music account you want to share?
Instagram:(music page) gabiammirato
Instagram: (Personal Page) gabi_ammirato_
YouTube: Gabi Ammirato
Soundcloud: Gabi Ammirato
Spotify: Gabi Ammirato
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