We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriel Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was simply something I had to do as music lives within me. I need to express it and the outcome of wanting to play and gigging was an actual small business.
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.
Music is something that has been flowing through me since I was a kid. I still remember asking myself why a C sounds like an Am. I started playing guitar at 13, and learned music theory in my 20s. Pandoras box was opened for me. I’m excited about the possibilities of expressing songs and pleasing the audience. Starting out as strictly a guitar player for bands with some light singing, I’ve moved on to doing solo and duo performances which satisfies my need of expression. Singing is something that I did not spend any time on as a kid. I spent time learning the guitar. Now I’m learning all about how our bodies are like cathedrals and more specifically the mouth. It’s important to resonate sounds in certain parts of the head in other words. We are like walking cellos. This gets me very excited as again, it’s God at the heart of it. The body architect. Repetitively executing solo and duo performances has helped me overcome challenges of singing style, adapting to the audience, guiding the audience, etc. My duo partners, Samantha, Ashlyn, and Jen have been instrumental in helping drive solo/duo efforts as well as singing advice. Ricky, my drummer, comes in when a drummer is needed and adds a lot of energy to the songs we play.
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.
I would take them to a local brewery Braman Winery or Fulbrook Ale Works, No Label Brewery, Texas Leaguer, etc. to have some drinks, hang out with the staff and customers, and enjoy some live music. For dinner Liberty Kitchen Treehouse, Lomonte’s, or Clancy’s are great options not only for the food but also the service and live music. To finish the night off I’d take them to the Oxbow Tavern our local tavern that’s run by an excellent person.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God is the only thing happening. Without that internal drive nothing happens. It’s like the rain falling. I learned a lot from my Dad as well throughout the whole process of growing up. I used to go to his gigs and practices so I learned a lot by just doing that.
William Guinn and Linda Lemos