Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriel da Rosa.
Gabriel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
At the age of 13 as a skateboarder, had a severe injury on my leg which put me in a wheelchair for six months, that’s when I picked up the guitar that was sitting in the room untouchable. Since then everything changed. Started a punk band and never stopped. After a few bands, some very successful in Brazil, ended up on “Name the Band” which was featured on Voyage, also, Name the band is the reason for me to move to LA five years ago.
After almost 20 years creating music with friends I decided to work on my own project, the debut record it’s in the works and it’s bilingual English and Portuguese. But mainly Portuguese.
This Idea came when I realized how much people value Brazilian Music. Also I have an extensive Brazilian record collection, so listening to that all the time made me realize was time to really do my own thing and go back to my roots.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. Aside everything I went through in Brazil with bad record deals, bands breaking up, broken hearts, etc. When I moved to LA with Name the Band five years ago, I literally got here with a guitar, a backpack, a dog (Bartot) and a band to make it happen. We had a lot of shows booked, tours going everywhere in the US, no money, a lot of curiosity and hungry to make it happen.
At the beginning, the struggle was real to adapt to the new culture, language, food, new friends and new lifestyle. Played music on Hollywood boulevard, basically did anything to make it happen. The mission was always clear in my head to make my life happen somehow in Los Angeles without stepping on anybody toes, being authentic, respectful and appreciative.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My own project It’s coming out hopefully soon and I’m going back to my Brazilian roots, because its in the works I’m not 100% sure how its gonna sound yet.
What I know for sure is that it’s gonna be a Bossa Nova, Samba, Samba jazz heavy influenced record. I’m very excited to be doing something extremely Brazilian, praying tribute to my culture and my people makes me feel great and fulfilled.
Perseverance, being true to yourself and never ever give up. Being respectful to others chasing their dreams and working with you is absolutely essential too.
Being a good person and always trying to be the best version of ourselves is always gonna help with success.