FM Meets: Birmingham pop-soul songstress Gaby K

By Frank Bell

This is the first time we’ve come across Gaby K and it was in the form of her just-released EP, “The Good, The Bad & The Boring”, a project that playfully dances around the theme of relationships – those that are good, those that are bad, and surprisingly those that are boring! Curating her effortless fusion of pop-soul from Birmingham, where she is based, Gaby K has grown herself to the top of her local scene and is ready to have her music heard not just across the UK but across Europe.

We caught up with Gaby K around the release, unpicking the past, the present and the future of Gaby K – read it here!

Hey Gaby K, so nice to meet you! Can you introduce yourself to our readers please?

Hey, nice to meet you too. My name is Gaby K, I am a soul/pop singer/songwriter from Birmingham. I have grown up around music, my mum constantly played R&B in the house, and introduced me to artists such as Aretha Franklin while my dad introduced me to artists such as Led Zeppelin. I started writing my own songs as well as playing the piano at the age of 12 and in the last few years I have been performing my own songs!

We love your new project and are intrigued by the title, “The Good, The Bad & The Boring”, can you tell us a little bit about the meaning behind it?

Thank you so much, well I was writing about my different relationships but also the people around me and their experiences. I realized I wanted the EP to be about all the different experiences we have when it comes to our ‘love life’. I honestly don’t know how it happened, but for some reason, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ came to my mind, and I thought well, we have good experiences and bad experiences in relationships and then I thought what about when we aren’t in relationships? Then the ‘Boring’ is to basically replace the ‘Ugly’ saying that ‘I am happy being single and I don’t need you’. 

Is the project inspired by personal experience or observation? 

Both, I always write about my own personal experiences but also the experiences of friends and family – with their permission of course! I think it helps them release their feelings, I like to merge them together. The basis might be someone else’s experience but I can understand the feelings behind it and so I use that to continue to write the song.

What would you say is your favourite track on the EP and why?

My favourite track is probably ‘Like You Should’, it was the first one I started writing and it’s based on a close friend of mine and her previous relationship. I told her that I was writing it and she said ‘why doesn’t he love me like he should’ and that line stuck with me… from there I started creating, ‘Baby why won’t you love me, like you should’. I didn’t want to make it a sad song, less feeling sorry about yourself and more asking why you aren’t getting what you deserve.

You’ve recently supported Olivia Dean in your home city, what was that like?

It was such an amazing experience, I loved every second of it. Her fans were awesome – to stand in front of a crowd of people who had never heard my music before and didn’t know who I was but showed the love and support that you’d want as an artist was an incredible experience. Knowing they were all from Birmingham as well was great to be able to relate to and for them to love my music and follow me on social media etc as well was such a compliment!

Where is Gaby K going to be in 1 years’ time and 5 years’ time?

In a year’s time I hope to be finishing my first album or at least created a few EPs, I constantly write music so I know that is so easily done. I want to be able to get on a tour – I would love to support another artist who is more well-known, gaining more fans and reaching a wider audience from these gigs. In 5 years’ time, I hope to be headlining and selling out venues on my own. I would love to be touring for myself, even heading out to Europe, reaching those countries and touring around there would be amazing – ultimately to be able to connect with more people/fans all around!

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