With his tactile and soulful style of pop, Drake-sampled, Brooklyn-based singer Gabriel Garzón-Montano knows his way around a melodic jam.
Born in 1989 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Gabriel Garzón-Montano became wrapped up in music from an early age thanks to his French-born mother, a singer and member of the Philip Glass ensemble in the ’90s, who encouraged him to study music formally. Pop melodies, hip-hop drum-patterns and R&B lyricism fizzing and melding together in his sponge of a mind, leading him to play many instruments in his youth but eventually focusing on keyboards and bass. In 2014, Drake sampled the opening track of Garzón-Montano’s Bishouné: Alma del Huila EP, “6, 8,” for his 2015 mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and the spotlight that he was suddenly thrust into led to a flurry of confident creativity. Soon after, Garzón-Montano supported Lenny Kravitz on tour and signed to hip-hop label Stones Throw for his 2017 debut album Jardín – a debut that sees Garzón-Montano take the leap from a one-man band to a group effort, bringing in violins, cello and guitars to enrich his tactile pop sound.