Gabe Lopez: Musical Lasso

AN AMERICAN POP-ROCK singer/songwriter and producer, Gabe Lopez caught our ear with his popular single, “Lasso.” It showcases a strong hook, as well as a blend of danceable pop and rock elements. The accompanying music video tells the story of two friends with an underlying romantic entanglement. Lopez recently crossed the US and UK, opening for Belinda Carlisle on her 2014-2017 tours at venues such as the Indigo at the O2, Manchester Academy, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Fonda in LA and B.B. King’s NYC. With a number of accolades under his belt, including radio play and landing on various top 100 charts, Lopez is making a name for himself in the new pop generation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I’m a singer-songwriter and producer from southern California. I’ve written and produced hits by New Kids on the Block, Belinda Carlisle, Korean pop artists and more — and I also release my own solo music.

INSPIRATION: Music is just something I have to do. It’s the way I communicate best. Music is how I understand the world. I feel so lucky that I get to do music for a career. I’m so immersed in it, and it’s still exciting to me.

Music is how I understand the world.

SIGNATURE SOUND: I’ve always listened to and loved the Beatles, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Michael Jackson and others. I love all styles of music. I find that all of that inspiration finds its way into my creative catalogue. My sound is pop-rock with flares of sass and grit.

ON SONGWRITING: There’s a feeling I get — it’s like a need. It’s like when you’re hungry and you know it’s time to eat. It makes me have to create — and it’s usually a result of whatever is going on in my life or in the world. Sometimes I write the music first, sometimes the lyrics, and when I’m really lucky they happen at the same time.

FAVORITE MUSICAL ERA: It really depends on my mood. I think it’s a three-way tie between the 60s, 80s and 90s.

MUSICAL BACKGROUND: I’ve sung since I was about four. I’ve always loved to do it. We didn’t have money for piano lessons when I was little, so I taught myself by ear — guitar, too. Then, I started writing my own songs and recording them at home. I learned more in college and then dove into the music business in L.A.

ON RECORDING: There’s such a kick I get out of creating something new that wasn’t there before. Of course, art is inspired by other art, but still — you take those ingredients and make something new out if it. I really enjoy that process. Showcasing that music in front of an audience is rewarding, as well. It makes the music even more alive.

FAN APPEAL: Usually it’s about the song. People respond to elements of the song — the hook, the melodies. Some people like the live show and how it’s consistent with the recordings.

CLAIM TO FAME: I guess it depends on who you ask. To some, I’m a producer of this artist or that; to some I’m a songwriter. To others, I’m the solo artist. I’m just thankful to be on people’s radar.

My sound is pop-rock with flares of sass and grit.

ON PERFORMING: I get very nervous beforehand. Once I’m out on stage, however, I have a great time. I kind of get lost in the moment, too. Sometimes it feels like I’m watching the show.

ON FASHION: Black jeans, guyliner, something chic, something witchy. Balayaged hair. Sometimes, a lace glove and a black ascot. I pull from Stevie Nicks, Bowie, Jagger and others.

FUTURE HOPES AND DREAMS: There are so many artists I want to produce and write for. I have a long list. I hope to get through half of my list. Also, I always have wanderlust, so I’m ready to go back on tour.

ADVICE TO ASPIRING MUSICIANS: Practice your craft. Stay focused. Be honest, play fair and work hard.   DM

Find "Lasso" and the rest of the phenomenal new Gabe Lopez album, God Bless the Queens on Spotify and iTunes, and check out music videos and more on YouTube.

Web & Social Media Links:
Facebook: @gabelopezsongs
Instagram: @gabelopez
Twitter: @gabelopezsongs
Official Website:

Written by Tamara Styer.
Photos courtesy of Gabe Lopez and used with permission.
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