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Garbers is a solo acoustic live-looping artist that uses a guitar and a shaker to live-record beats and rhythms, building creative songs that are full sounding, and entertaining. In 2003, Gravy Garbers began pursuing his musical journey writing songs as a way to journal his life and make something that would outlast him. He found that playing music with friends was a bond that felt a bit deeper. Starting the childhood band USED2Bsyris, the 3 piece rock unit took Garbers north to England where he had a chance encounter with Paul McCartney in 2007, and in retreat for a more stable way of life he studied Audio Engineering in 2008. He has since toured internationally as a professional sound engineer, played in 7 different bands (most notably 4 piece alternative rock act South of Nine) gaining radio play in South Africa with songs 'Circles' and 'Jozi'. He has performed on stages alongside musical icons in multiple countries and over the years Garbers has not only performed his own music in front of thousands of people, but he won a lottery, relocating him from Johannesburg to Denver, CO in late 2019. Armed with his fourth and latest single, ‘Existence’, Garbers hopes to share his story and inspire others to follow their dreams too.
What has been the driving force of your career in this upcoming New Year? The support I get from my family and friends, the fans, and also working with an amazing team makes all the difference. I have songs to share, a now or never approach or maybe it's just age and patience catching up with me. These days I feel that I need to become myself more than I have been previously. Really I'm just trying to follow my heart before the beat goes out. Are you planning to do anything BIG next year for your career? I started working with a management company and that is a positive move in the right direction. Next year, I plan to hit the road in the US, play more shows than I ever have in as many new cities and states as possible. Fly the Botswana flag high, meet cool people along the way and share my whacky music story too. There are so many desired things on the bucket list that remain unchecked and approaching the end of every year, it truly is a dreamer's heaven. What adjustments have to be made in order to get to that goal? The biggest one being, I am taking a break from being a professional sound engineer. As much as it helped me on my journey to get here, it sadly does take energy from my own musical progress.
Right now it's a complete re-evaluation of my routine and new ways of thinking, the more time I get to play music the better. It's all about embracing the inevitable change and accepting there are risks that come with it. What personal goal have you set for yourself that you'd like others to think about too? Treat people better than you want to be treated, if you treat yourself badly how do you think you are treating others? Above all, I really hope to remember people's names longer than a goldfish. Making more moves in this New Year can be really exciting, is there anything that you are nervous about when it comes to your career? How do you get over those nerves and go for what YOU want? I'd be more nervous to be going about life as I was without taking this musical leap. Probably the most nerve racking when it comes to mine or any career, is the catch 22 of not signing with publishers or labels because you're scared that there might be a better contract, and or when you finally do, you go with the wrong company, lose control of your music and they don't do anything with it. The live looping on stage sure is challenging and can get you a little panicky. Drinking a beer or 2 before might work, but when it comes down to it practice is the only thing that will save you. What chances are you taking in 2023 when it comes to collaboration? I'm always open to collaborating with other musicians and I do so often, but generally the collabs go unheard or even unrecorded. I was a bit late this year with submitting and I am kicking myself for it but I will be releasing a christmas song in 2023 with my good friend Richard Coughlan. Funny that, I have never been too fond of the ol' Christmas jingles. My door is always open to collaborate, calling all musicians, let's write a song! Name the word of the year for 2023? Coexist. I know last year we existed. How about this next spin around we do a little more co-existing?
Setting intentions is so important especially when accomplishing your goals! How do you make sure to keep that heart and drive you have for yourself? Ignoring the short falls, they are also a constant humbling lesson. Having no goal is the fast track to right here, so I simply just aim to take the next little step forward. I like to keep my expectations to a minimum, that way, if anything remotely good happens I will be grateful for it! Music is a very personal experience, so playing something that resonates within you continuously motivates you to carry on doing it. Just like a phone, the more you scroll... well... the more you scroll. What is happening NEXT for you? That's not something I'm prepared to tell. I like to keep secrets. Don't want to ruin a good thing you know. Jokes, keep tuned into my feeds and find out! Social media for ALL your new fans? Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day! What a pleasure, thank you too!