Artist Spotlight: Gabi Gotts
Gabi Gotts is a British producer, songwriter, and singer based in Boston, MA. She creates pop/country songs, with some R&B influences. Her passion for writing songs that speak to the heart of human connection makes her the perfect artist for Songfinch.
We were able to chat with Gabi and learn more about how she got started in music, her influences and what she has in the works.
First off, thank you for taking some time to chat with us. Let’s kick it off by telling us a little bit about yourself and how music became a part of your life?
I grew up in a super musical family, and I don’t really remember a time when I wasn’t singing around the house. I started writing songs around age 8 — they were complete trash haha, but I had fun writing them — I think that kind of planted the musical seed for me. Flash forward several years to high school, where I was writing a lot and knew I wanted to spend my life writing music. In my last year of high school I started the application process and began auditioning for music colleges. In 2017 I was offered a scholarship to go to Berklee College of Music in Boston to study songwriting and production. I’m currently finishing up my last semester right now, and making plans to move to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in songwriting out there!
You have been writing songs for Songfinch for about a year now. What do you like about writing for Songfinch?
Out of all of the music-related jobs I’ve had, Songfinch is by far my favourite. I get excited when I see the email notification in my inbox letting me know someone has purchased a song, and I adore the feeling of hitting submit on a song, hoping that the clients love the song I’ve written specially for them.
The other great thing is that each Songfinch song is different — you hear stories about love and partnership from all over the world, from all kinds of people, with all kinds of backgrounds and ways of expressing their affection for their significant others, family members, friends etc. There’s never a boring moment, and I find that each song kind of takes on a life of its own based on the narrative and emotions that I’m writing around.
The most rewarding part of Songfinch, though, is the feedback from the clients I’ve written songs for. A lot of times you’ll receive a song brief where the client intends to use it for a special event, such as a wedding or a proposal, which are such special moments in our lives. I’ve received DMs from clients saying how grateful they are for their song, and telling me specifics about their partner’s reaction and the event it was played at. Hearing back that your song had a positive impact on a relationship truly means the world. Those songs can be especially nerve-wracking, since the song you write has the potential to turn a memorable moment into an unforgettable one, so to hear that you’re doing a good job is so meaningful.
With all that is going on in the world, how have you adapted to the music industry? What are you doing to remain connected with your fans and develop new ones?
This is a question I ask myself pretty frequently, since you always have to be reacting to the environment in this industry. I think Instagram is a pretty good way to connect with fans in this age, and I’m working to make sure that my page shows the real me, quirks and all! I think the era we’re currently in is very focused on the raw and honest aspects of human existence, both in music and in our interactions with each other. So I think connecting and posting on social media with vulnerability being the foundation is a good way to go about gaining and maintaining fans that are interested in you for you.
Do you have new music in the works and if so, when can we expect new releases from you?
I actually write predominantly for other artists rather than myself, so I’m not planning any releases at the moment. Right now I’m focusing most on getting a catalog of pitchable songs together for when I move to Nashville and hopefully there will be some releases of my songs (by other artists) on the way — all of which I will update on my socials!
How has living in the United Kingdom, San Francisco, and Boston influenced your sound as a musician?
Wow, I mean I’ve had influences from all over. I think it helps with my writing just because I can pull inspiration from a lot of different places, and having had to move so much as a kid definitely created a lot of writing material! I think it also broadened my genre exposure — never in a million years did I think I’d be writing pop/country, but being in Boston introduced me to that genre and I fell in love with it instantly.
What is your favorite moment or experience from your music career thus far?
I think the highlights have been the internships I’ve had whilst at college. My freshman year summer I took an internship with a producer out in LA, who’s best known for his work with Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato; and in my sophomore year summer I went out to Nashville to intern at the publishing house responsible for Maren Morris and Meghan Trainor’s music. Both summers taught me a lot about the industry and made me more passionate about my future within it.
Who are three of your favorite artists right now?
I’m currently obsessed with Emily Weisband, Kelsea Ballerini, and Lolo Zouaï.
What tip or piece of advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
I think I’d say to push hard to be creative and productive, but also to know when to take a break. It’s a balancing act and it’s easy to let yourself get lazy and stop creating (often from fear that the next stuff you make won’t live up to your own expectations), and when that happens you just have to push through it and allow yourself to write a bad song if that’s what it takes to get back into the rhythm of it — after all you can’t improve at a skill if you’re not practicing. On the other hand, it’s also easy to beat yourself up about not being productive enough, which usually ends up being counterintuitive. Chances are you won’t create something you like if you’re writing out of desperation, or if it feels too forced and you’re in a bad place. Knowing when to take a day off to focus on your own well-being is just as important as putting in the hours honing your craft.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been selecting me to write your Songfinch songs, it really means a lot to me to know y’all are resonating with what I’m making. And thank you to anyone who’s followed my Instagram (@gabigotts) to keep in touch or reach out, it makes me so happy to see you guys following my musical journey and supporting me personally throughout that as well. Stay healthy during this strange time, and keep looking to music and art to stay grounded and connect with others!
Interested in having Gabi Gotts create you a personalized song?
We hope you’ve learned a bit about Gabi and her sound. If you’re interested in getting a personalized song created by Gabi Gotts, feel free to click the link below and let us know in your submission. We’ll be sure to pass it to her to work on.