We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriel Farris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
At first, when I was getting out of the army, I was thinking about going back to school and pursue a career in chemistry. I love science, but the thought of just being in a lab didn’t fully intrigued me. So I thought about what I’m most passionate about and seeing myself doing. I decided to go into music and become an audio engineer. Music has always been a passion of mine and a big part of my life. You would always see me with headphones or earbuds on and how in depth I get when I talk about music, especially hip hop. And growing up and witnessing legends perform (like Luther Vandross Selena, Smokey Robinson, etc.) and being around family, friends or people who know artists like Travis, Trae, Bruno Mars, made me want to pursue this career even more. I wanted to have a career that feels more like a hobby than a job.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I want any client that I work with to know that their art is in good hands and I’ll make sure that we reach the sound that they’re trying to achieve with close attention to detail. I’m very passionate about what I do. I’m constantly thinking and seeking knowledge on how my mixes or instrumentals can be better; how to approach the mix, what techniques to use or what sounds goes good with these instruments. I knew choosing this path was going to be a marathon full of challenges that can mess with your psyche at times. But I try not to let it get in my head that much and find ways to overcome these obstacles by showing forbearance, not giving up or giving in and doing what needs to be done, especially during this pandemic. If you’re doing something that you’re passionate about, you’ll find a way. “Failure is success in progress,” – Albert Einstein
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For something FREE, artistic and inspiring, The Menil Collection The Rothko Chapel, Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park. Entertainment wise, DEFINITELY The Houston Rodeo if they come through around that time, ASTROWORLD (if we still had it) Top golf, Katy Mills, the Galleria. On the food side of things Katz’s, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Frenchy’s on scott, Timmy Chans and Cool Runnings on West Bellfort, The Spot in Galveston, Empire Pizza, oh also the Turkey Leg Hut. So many other places to name, so little time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sheesh (lol) it’s a lot of people I want to thank but don’t know where to start…. Give thanks to The Most High, my mom for putting me (well forcing) in the choir at St. Johns, my Aunt Donna for exposing me to different musical acts and genres that helped pursue a career in music. My audio and music Professors at HCC spring branch, my mentors Andy Bradley and Cory Washington for taking me under their wing giving me the opportunity to shadow them, I’m forever grateful; the whole Wire Road studios team for the great experience I had as an intern; my family, my sis, my brothers Isaac, Brian, Yar (Lovesyncere) for being there for me when I needed them the most, the talented bros and sis I met @ HCC. God I hope I didn’t miss anybody. Shout out to y’all man, y’all the real MVPs (Kevin Durant Voice lol).