Through her first, self-produced single Fallen Angel, Belgian producer, singer, and songwriter Imelda Gabs is adding her own unique touch to the rich and colorful songs that she creates.
A Daughter of Music
Imelda was born to parents who were professional musicians. Her exposure to the art started when she was little and has then developed into ways where she can fully express herself with her own music.
“I started playing the violin at 4, studied classical and jazz piano at the Conservatory of Lausanne, started singing, and later went towards the amazing world of music production where I finally could express myself the way I’ve always wanted,” the artist said.
Her first live performance was in Brussels at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, during one of her father’s, Doctor Gabs, international tours.
“I was 14 at the time and really nervous about performing at this huge venue, but it was also one of the key moments that made me decide that I wanted to pursue a professional music career myself. It also was my first and last performance with my father before he passed away, so I keep this memory very precious now and feel extremely thankful that I had the opportunity to experience that before he died,” Imelda said.
Other than her first big live performance in Brussels at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Imelda had another huge moment that occurred a few years ago in 2017.
“I’ve been part of the Montreux Jazz Academy where I had the opportunity to perform one of my songs with famous bass player Marcus Miller. A few months later I got called by the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, to perform on their main stage Auditorium Stravinski and open for Lianna La Havas and The Roots, a moment I’ll never forget!,” she said.
The one achievement that the young Belgian artist is the proudest of today is her first self-produced single, Fallen Angel, which she released last November 27 of this year.
“I recorded the vocals at Hanaroad Studios in Switzerland, produced and wrote the music entirely from home. [The song was] Later mixed by Paul Norris and mastered by John Davis, both from Metropolis Studios in the United Kingdom,” Imelda said.
The single also has a music video, directed by the young and talented Dariy Mambetov.
“This video is also one of my biggest achievements yet. it is always amazing to make an idea come to life both musically and visually, and with Dariy it all came together amazingly and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve achieved,” the young artist added.
With more successes coming her way, Imelda notes the importance of never giving up.
“There is always going to be a moment where you’re going to doubt yourself and your goals, but it is important to take those negative thoughts and transform them into motivation to get better and work even harder,” she said.
Check out Imelda and her music by visiting her website or dropping by on her other accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Music Streamlink. Her debut EP is also set to be released in 2021.