Gabriella Vergilov (BG)
Music has always come naturally to Bulgarian-born, Brussels-based artist Gabriella Vergilov. Having grown up in the small town of Tutrakan in a family of art and music aficionados, the Bulgarian-born artist was living and breathing music since she first started walking. Under the influence of her father, who founded the second recording studio in the small communist country, it wasn’t long until Gabriella found out music was her true calling. Though initially she dreamt of becoming a singer, something that’s stayed with her and is embodied in her rich vocal productions to this day. Though at the age of five, it was piano classes and ballet that shaped the young artist as a musician. Fast forward Vergilov relocated to Sofia to pursue other dreams, studying Culture and Art. Together with a small career in art curation and publishing, Gabriella discovered Sofia’s nightlife and electronic music, thus changing her life forever. Having just whetted her appetite, the young Bulgarian couldn’t get enough of the four to the floor beat, dancing relentlessly until the morning comes night after night. Soon after, she became involved in a local monthly night, called Blame at Sofia’s leading club Yalta, giving her unique insight into the dance music industry. After immersing herself in Sofia’s vibrant clubbing, Gabriella relocated to Copenhagen, where the local underground scene ignited the fire of DJing and producing in her. Few years later Gabriella was ready for the final chapter of her DJing and music production training and embarked on a journey towards techno paradise, spending an year in the genre’s promised land, Berlin. Regularly inhaling Berlin air helped the young artist find her own voice, honing her sound in the studio and in the booth day after day. With a rich musical background and various influences like hip-hop,rock music indie, new wave, new age, early 90’s dance, classical and jazz music, combined with trippy Detroit aesthetics and funky uplifting Chicago grooves with rich vocal textures, it’s no wonder Gabriella has such a rich sound. Best described as eclectic, melodic yet mysterious, her style is equally inspired by the the Detroit-to-Chicago family affair, as it is by cinematic music. It’s exactly her passion for soundtracks that has brought a storytelling element to her underground sonic pursuits. Crafting her intuitively melodic curated sets to take the audience on a truly immersive sonic journey, the young Bulgarian native has already mastered the power of DJing. Serving as a testament to her enviable prowess behind the decks, Gabriella has played the infamous Metropolis rave in Sofia, alongside Copenhagen’s Culture Box, Brussels’ Epicerie Moderne, Berlin’s KitKat, Suicide Circus and Griessmuhle, Chalet, Salon zur Wilden Renate, Antwerpen’s diamond Ampere, where she recently became a resident and more. Equally gifted in the studio, Vergilov landed her debut EP, Her Beginning, on Brooklyn-Berlin-based label THEMA only seven months after she made her first steps in music production. And with no other than Ben Klock banging the title track on the famed Berghain floor just a week after its release, the success of the record was imminent. Gabriella’s song “Filedium”, part of the same EP, is featured in the Oscar-entry Motion Picture “Le Fidele” aka “Racer and The Jailbird” , as well as in the movie’s international teaser. Support from Detroit veteran DJ T-1000, Nicuri, Eric Cloutier, Jon Hester, KINK and many more followed suit, paving the way for Gabriella’s eponymous EP. And just a few months later, Dustin Zahn and his label ENEMY Records, and Eric Cloutier’s baby imprint PALINOIA noticed the young artist, signing her immediately. Shortly after, Gabriella’s track “Boring Shit” from her upcoming EP on THEMA Recordings made it to DVS1’s Fabric Mix due out december 2018. Only a month after, one of Canada’s best exports and established BBC Radio One broadcaster - B.Traits, includes Gabriella’s song “I Can’t Stop” from her upcoming on PALINOIA solo EP in her BBC Radio One Friday night show. This step completes Gabriella’s solid entering into the world of serious music production and puts her on the map of artists with big and promising future. With three EPs coming on wax in 2018, parallel with layering vocals for artists like ZIPPO, Alan Oldham aka DJ T-1000 and Marco Shuttle- it’s clear the Bulgarian Brussels-based artist is yet to fulfill her true musical potential.
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