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GabrielKnowsEverything to drop stunning experimental LP

Gabrielknowseverything is a Palestinian-American alternative artist born and raised in Central FL. His sound ranges from soft to dynamic and energetic, with a bevy of influences to bolster his artistic vision. He started making music seriously in 2016 after traumatic experiences with mental illness in his early 20s that ultimately served to inspire his love of music and art. 

Gabriel has already amassed nearly 500,000 streams as well as performing with and opening for some of the brightest rising artists in the industry. With an assured persona and beaming talent, Gabrielknowseverything is set to share his craft far and wide as he continues to grow in popularity.

Set to release his LP this Friday, we had the pleasure of chatting to Gabriel about his newest record:

Hey Gabriel, how’re you doing?

Hey, guys! Feeling great and I’m especially glad to be getting the chance to do this interview.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was extremely young. I had poetry published in a district anthology from 6th-8th grade, and I continued to write poetry off and on until college when I started to turn the poetry into songwriting. Some of my earliest influences were writers like Edgar Allen Poe and J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve always loved dramatic writing with the flair for darker material. John Lennon has been a huge influence on songwriting style, as well. 

Tell me about your upcoming album! What can we expect?

You can expect a lot of grunge, hip hop and alternative mixed together. The album’s concept has to do with identity so I had a lot of fun in mixing genres, styles and influences together. I also play guitar on a majority of the songs, which definitely gives it a lovely analog feel. This is my first project that I’ve played guitar on – I only started learning how to play in 2018. 

How have your roots impacted this record?

My roots played a huge role in this record. I am Palestinian-American, and my father was a refugee from the 1967 war/diaspora. A lot of my upbringing rests on the backdrop of not really being able to identify with either side – Palestinians who either grew up in The Middle East, or Americans who just don’t understand that cultural heritage. Things I have had to deal with growing up, especially as a Muslim-American, had to do with not really feeling like I belonged because of that. That’s why I called the album Philistine – it’s for the disenfranchised who are called “philistines” for not understanding a culture, or the arts, even though they’ve never had the chance to identify, or fully understand their culture, or the culture they live in. Also, in Arabic, “Palestine” is pronounced as “Falastin”, which sounds exactly like “Philistine.” I thought the word perfectly represented everything I wanted the album to sound like, and the message that inspired it’s conception. 

Can we expect more from you in the future?

I’m currently sitting on 2 projects that are in the works to be released within the next year or two. One is an instrumental album, and the other we largely recorded and  mixed during quarantine. I’m getting in the studio to record another project this weekend with my producer, Jimmy, that will be mostly acoustic guitar-based, and then we have a couple of collaborative projects in the works with my team (The Grocery Store Records) for 2021. I’ve been enjoying Ozzy Osbourne’s newest album lately, and I’m drawing an awful lot of inspiration from how good it sounds, even though he’s like 70 now. I plan on making music until I’m at least 80. If Ozzy can do it then so can I, right?