By Andrew Catania
Strumming with the force of a decade of experience and deep love of all types of music, Gabriella found herself in rock n roll through the lens of the guitar. As a proud graduate of Spelman College and Vermont Law School, she has taken the lead in representing for African American women in music through the avenue of being the Goddess of Rock. Logan believes it is important for musicians to be well rounded and versed. All should take note of this guitarist changing the world on stage and off!
At what age did you start playing the guitar?
I started playing guitar at the age of 14.
Who influenced you to play?
I was influenced by a few artist and self-motivation to learn how to play. Some guitarist and bands I was influenced by were Krystal Myers, Steve Vai, Orianthi, Jimi Hendrix, Living Colour, Nirvana, TAT, and much more. I was influenced to play by self-motivation. I wanted to play what I heard in my head.
Were you self-taught or did you take lessons?
I was self-taught! My mom got me my first guitar, and from that day forward, I taught myself how to play.
What was your first guitar?
My first guitar was a Johnson strat, and then I evolved into having my, what I call first REAL guitar, was an Ibanez RG 120 that I still have to this day.
Have you been in a band?
Yes! I have been in many bands and have had my bands. Currently, I am managing my band called the Txlips Band which is an all chocolate women rock band from Atlanta.
Have you experienced Gender bias while playing?
Yes of course. Unfortunately, I have. In many instances even outside of just playing I have experienced sexism in the industry as a whole. We live in a world where women of all colors are told they can’t do something especially play an instrument deemed “a man’s tool”. That is why it is so very to me to represent for women out there.
Do you have any recorded music?
Yes! I have a lot of music recorded from me working with and for other artists in addition to my evolution of bands music. My current group has a single coming out in two weeks called The Lost One. It will be available on all music platforms.
What kind of guitar and rig are you using?
OOOO lol. A LOT. I have many guitars and amps now it has turned into a collection lol. But my main rig is below:
Guitars: Ibanez RG120 or LTD MH1003 or PRS SE Akerfeldt.
Amp: Crate tube 50 or Fender Ultimate Chorus
If someone had to know just one thing about you, what would that be?
That I am very passionate about animals and nature. I always have been. Also, I am very much interested and work in nonprofit and law under the realms of environmental legislation and entertainment law.
What are your plans for 2017 to expand and grow your playing?
Well, my band will be heading to Afropunk soon, so we area is gearing up for that and our EP release. We are heading out on tour this summer, and we have some other great things coming in addition to me getting some new endorsements and amazing Guitar Gabby and Txlips Band merch and other goodies. 🙂 I have had the pleasure of being featured in Guitar World three times, and I hope to land some other things coming down the pipeline soon
Follow the Txlips @ https://www.facebook.com/thetxlipsband/