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Check Out Gala Rae’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gala Rae.

Hi Gala, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hawaii born-and-raised, I moved to LA in my early twenties to make music for unapologetically emotional people that love pop-blended genres. I try to engage others authentically through all my artistic outlets and inspire them to be proud of all their shades, so I am freely expressive of my emotional spectrum. My music blends electronic and dreamy sounds with live instruments to reflect my influence from bedroom pop, RnB, and Filipino ballads. Some days I release music that gets deeply obsessive, and other times I keep the songs light and playful to honor the true experience of what it’s like living with depression. We can glow even while carrying sadness, and it’s important for my listeners to know that.

Between engineering vocal sessions in my closet and mixing tracks on my laptop, I try to speak only to the topics that are true to me. I am ever-evolving and I invite people to watch me grow through my songs. My catalog can be genre-diverse, but my authenticity is always tangible. I have doubts and all that just like everyone else, so every personal message from the community that connects with my music keeps me faithful to my process. I hope I can have a cup of coffee with every one of my listeners someday.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
While developing my sound, I was told by many college professors and other producers how to make myself more marketable and tangible to the main music industry. One day while arguing with my first beat-making producer about the chord progression for our first single release, he told me I should learn to be my own engineer because he thought I was incapable of working with anyone. So I walked out of that house and did. Learning what the heck a DAW was and engineering my own sessions helped me to articulate the artistic elements I wanted to represent me, and this confidence connected me to other artists and producers with a similar vision. I still have so much room to grow as a mixing engineer, but I have an expanding eclectic list of engineering credits that I’m proud of and have been able to help independent artists I care about. To this day, I am thankful to that first beat-maker for challenging me because there really aren’t enough women producing and engineering music, and I think women have a beautiful perspective on artistic expression that could diversify the musical landscape for the better.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a songwriter, independent artist, and audio engineer. My artist name Gala Rae is a play-off of the word “gallery” because I think of every song I write as a peek into chapters of my life. While I do mix full sessions, most artists reach out to me for vocal tracking/editing/mixing/production work. As a singer, I treasure the vocal instrument the most, so I work really hard to bring out the best qualities in an artist’s voice and create thick background vocals to support them.

My single releases are always better than the last that I put out, but I’m especially proud of “Running in Circles” because it was the first time I let my melodic ideas flow without trying too hard. That vocal soundscape is the direction I want to keep exploring as I move forward, being more rhythmically expressive while having layers of melodies in the background vocal arrangement.

Shameless engineering plug – I have an assistant engineering credit for the Oscar-winning Netflix short film “If Anything Happens I Love You.” It was an honor to be in the same room as the passionate storyteller Dr. Michael Govier and assist the talented musicians playing with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. It’s also a point of pride that the audio engineering team was a female duo. Harriet Tam, I’m so grateful that you’ve shown me that women are a force in audio engineering and that you created my first opportunity in this world.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Follow me on social media to keep up-to-date with my projects! Please dm me for any collaborations or engineering work you need!

Fanhouse: @galarae

Follow me on Spotify so that my new releases get added to your “New Music Fridays” playlists.

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Image Credits:

Glen Standford (Picture with midi keyboard) Daniel Ramos (all others)

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