Local musicians will take center stage when Kiss The Sky music store, 180 First St., Batavia, kicks off its Live From Kiss The Sky music series on Sunday.
The first show will feature singer-songwriter and guitarist Noah Gabriel of Aurora, and will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
There is a $5 donation, and attendance for the show will be limited to 50 people. Tickets are available by calling Kiss The Sky at 630-406-0086.
Kane County Chronicle Reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Gabriel about the new music series and his latest activities.
Eric Schelkopf: You’re kicking off the Kiss The Sky music series. Are you honored to be kicking off the series?
Noah Gabriel: I think it’s awesome. I get a chance to play at my favorite record store.
It’s just cool to have somebody really reach out and help musicians. I think it could be a really good thing.
ES: So, you were living in Austin, Texas, for a while?
NG: I got back just over a month ago. I was down there for about eight months. And then we went on a West Coast tour, and came on back home.
It was always a dream of mine to live to Austin. It’s the live musical capital of the world right now. I thought I would go down there and try and get a little piece of the pie. But there’s no money down there right now for musicians.
There’s so many musicians and so many clubs, that you are basically playing for tips. I was doing between three- and five-hour long shows, and maybe making $50 off of it.
ES: I was just listening to some of your newer songs on your website, www.noahgabriel.com. It seems like your newer songs are much more textured. How do you think your music has evolved since you started out?
NG: I’m trying to make it evolve. I’m trying for my songs to be more lyrically sound, where before, I thought of myself as more of a guitarist.
I’m coming out with a new album, “Austin Bound,” which will probably be out in December. The biggest difference is that this is the first album where I wrote, recorded, engineered and produced the entire thing. Everything you hear on all those songs is me.
I’m exploring more things on my own, which I think is probably changing my music. I’m just trying to create something different.
I’m trying not to overplay. I’m just trying to play more for the songs instead of just playing.
ES: I’m sure people over the years have tried to put different labels on your music. Do you think your music fits comfortably in the Americana genre?
NG: It’s the only thing I could safely say, because Americana encompasses roots rock, country, blues, and all that stuff.
ES: It seems like Americana and folk bands are getting a lot of attention these days, like the band Mumford & Sons. Why do you think Americana and folk music really seems to be it these days?
NG: For me, I have a hard time listening to anything on the radio because it’s the same lyrics repeated over and over again. It’s too easy. It’s like candy, and too much of it is bad for you.
I’ve always liked music where the more you listen to it, the more you hear. With these roots-based bands, you have people playing real instruments and writing real thought-provoking lyrics again.
I think people are just getting tired of the pop garbage that’s been shoved down their throats.