Sound Off: Gabi Sklar
Apr 29, 2020
Passion, Energy, and dedication. These are some of the words that describe Gabi Sklar.
In the first verse of “I’m Sorry, You’re Boring” we were already in love and we knew that she is the personification of what PopularTV is.
Inspired by Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, and Miley Cyrus, Gabi creates her own atmosphere and delivers creative songs that make us want to listen non-stop!
In a special interview for Popular, Gabi told us a little bit about her music, her career, and her future projects!
We are pleased to have an artist so talented here!
1) Tell us about the story behind “I’m Sorry, You’re Boring”.
The song came to be in a very natural, organic way. I was in a studio session with JP Saxe and it was our first time writing together. We were just catching up on life and somehow got into a conversation about weird dating stories. I remembered one in particular about my friend and this guy from Tinder. It wasn’t so much the story that was so memorable but I recalled the way her telling it made me feel—honestly, pretty bored. The producer, Ryan Marrone, started playing around with some synth pads and JP and I began word-vomiting a bunch of lyrics. Truly, it was a very smooth writing process because it was extremely conversational and honest. There was a point where I had jokingly said the phrase, “I’m Sorry You’re Boring” and JP was like “that’s the hook.”
2) How was it to shoot the video here in LA?
I’ve shot a few videos in LA and I always love the process. What’s really cool about it is the endless and unique filming locations. With music videos, time is of the essence, and having to drive to more than one location—especially with LA traffic—can be super stressful. BUT, what’s great about filming in Los Angeles is the versatility of the locations and the ability to make a house look like three or four separate sets. There are a bunch of aesthetic and iconic locations. There are also those super low-key gems that pick up really well on camera.
3) What is the inspiration for your music?
I’m really inspired by experiences, conversations… If you say something that catches my attention, you may not think anything of it, but I may already be writing verse in my head. That’s just how my brain works, kinda weird. Whenever I’m stuck or uninspired, I force myself to live a little. It’s either a night out or trying something completely outside my comfort zone. I also love finding inspiration in other art forms—Pinterest, fashion, film… They all influence and complement one another. I think the music I listen to has influenced my music as well—Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Miley. Just throw a bit more of a pop-flare into the mix.
4) The music video has in total of 8 outfits, all of them extremely fashionable. Do you have a favorite one?
Oh, DEFINITELY the look for the “hot mess” date. We love an undone, smudged makeup look and a drowning-in-a-t-shirt vibe—totally kidding. You wouldn’t know just by watching the video but my stylist has the cutest Pomeranian, Foxy Brown, and when I’m “getting ready” for my date, I’m wearing a t-shirt with a cartoon of her dog. We paired that with lots of lip gloss and some silk shorts, ultimately, my favorite look of the shoot.
5) Who is your fashion icon?
I really love the model-off-duty look—who doesn’t? I love anything that’s fashionable yet comfy like you didn’t try hard… but you kind of did. Some of my style icons are Hailey Bieber, Lily Depp, and Negin Mirsalehi. When I’m performing or filming, I have more fun with my looks and embrace that full-glam Alexa Demie side. That’s the beauty of fashion and makeup and trends. You can always experiment with them and they are always changing… there are also very few I will not try.
6) Define your style in one word!
A.B.B—anything but basic!
7) Who is your music idol?
Lana Del Rey.
8) If you could work with any artist, who would it be?
I have a long list of artists and writers I would love to collaborate with. I think someone I’d want to work with the most would be the Arctic Monkeys or even Alec Benjamin. It sounds weird because they are both, stylistically very different from me but that’s the beauty of collaborating. You come up with new sounds and you don’t really know where it could lead to.
9) Favorite thing about Miami?
I can’t settle on one but what about three? The liveliness, the weather, and the fact that the fruit is always in season.
10) If you had to choose one person to spend an entire day with, who would it be?
My sister. I honestly could probably spend every day with her. I can’t say there wouldn’t be arguing but she’s my person.
11) What is your favorite food?
Sushi… or my Grandma’s grilled cheese. I could eat either every day for the rest of my life.
12) Karaoke anthem?
Anything Queen or Miley.
13) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It’s so hard to answer this question because If you asked me a few months ago where I’d be today, I just couldn’t have predicted that. Where I’d like to see myself? Touring, performing, continuing doing what I love but with a bigger platform, reaching a bigger audience while doing it.
14) What does popular mean to you?
To me, popular is what a high concentration of people are drawn to at a given point in time. I guess it’s like a trend. Whether it’s a person, a place… it’s basically the “it” thing.
15) Do you have any upcoming projects?
So, so many things are in the works. I have never been so happy and excited about where I am at with my music and everything surrounding it. It just feels right and true to who I am, more now than ever… I think I have grown a lot as a person and artist and it’s reflected a lot in my upcoming releases. I have my EP—a hot mess—coming out in the next few months and leading up to that, I’m releasing a few singles as well. It’s like, just when I thought I wrote what could be my best record, I write something I like even better. That’s when you know you’re growing and learning which is a really cool feeling. I never want that to go away.