On this day (October 11) exactly 35 years ago a little boy was brought to this world. His parents gave him the name ‘Gabriel Eduardo’ and he is now better known as Gabe.
UGS wants to wish Gabe all the best on his special day! Thank you for everything!
Cobra Starship are going to perform at the 98 PXY Jingle Jam on Thursday, December 11 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester (NY). Other performers are Nick Jonas, Lil Jon, Jeremih, Jesse McCartney, Tinashe, Echosmith and Jacob Latimore. Ticket sale starts tomorrow on Ticketmaster.com and a Ticket is around $75.00 + fees.
Cobra Starship will perform at the WNCI 97.9 Dave & Jimmy’s Jingle Ball on Wednesday, December 17 at the LC Pavilion in Columbus (OH). Other artists to perform there are Fall Out Boy, The 1975 and Echosmith. Tickets are around US $54.95 and will be on sale Monday, October 13. Click here to get yours.
When you sit down for a conversation with Gabe Saporta, prepare to discuss anything.
PopCrush chatted with the Cobra Starship singer about his new single, ‘Never Been in Love,’ and we had no idea that we would eventually end up chatting about everything from an iconic scene in ‘Step Brothers’ to the Dougie. We shouldn’t be surprised. After all, Gabe’s enthusiasm, his willingness to discuss pretty much everything and his natural charm are evident in Cobra Starship’s music.
In ‘Never Been in Love,’ there’s a line “You’d never think a random night could change your life.” Was that inspired by a night in real life?
Kind of. The first night that I met my wife was so, so random. First of all, we had known of each other for years because my guitar player – his girlfriend used to be my wife’s assistant. So just random, weird one degree of separation. Literally, my wife’s dogs were in one of our earlier videos before I even met her, years ago. And then for three or four years we had never met.
We randomly ended up at a dinner together. We left the dinner, that night we ended up at the same club. This is when ‘Teach Me How to Dougie’ was big on the radio and you’d never think that she knew how to Dougie. We were talking about that song during dinner, and we walked in and that song’s playing and then we were dancing.
The next day I sent flowers to her office, which is a little stalkerish of me because she didn’t tell me where her office was, I had to look it up. The only thing I wrote on the card was “Teach me how to Dougie.”
One of the reasons I like ‘Never Been in Love’ so much is that it really captures that total blissed-out feeling of falling for someone. How do you go about writing a love song?
For me, it was a bigger question of trying to figure out how to transition [from] being the guy that makes good girls go bad to being married now. What would I sing about, you know? So I really want to connect that energy of being happy, being positive. I started Cobra Starship to make a lot of fun and have a good time. To do that in regards to love was also interesting. Another step in that evolution.
I heard you’ve been working on a new album. Are there any updates you can give us?
I think that for Cobra records, for fans, one thing they love about our records is that in some ways they feel like mix tapes. There’s lots of different influences from different places. I think you can expect more of that as well. Very particularly, my inspiration for ‘Never Been in Love’ and what I’m doing now is about this early ’90s, kind of U.K. sound with George Michael, EMF, Jesus Jones … Return to full songwriting. I feel like a lot of the stuff that was happening, it just became all about the beat and the drop. For me, I really like full songs and things you can sing in the shower and hum along. And so definitely a lot more of that.
Speaking of influences, I’m going to take a stab and say, based upon your Twitter bio [which references Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis’], that you’re a little bit of a book nerd as well.
I was, when I was in high school. I’m glad, actually, you caught that reference. People read that bio and they’re like “Whaaaat? You’re a cockroach.” And Gregor Samsa has the same initials as me, Gabe Saporta.
Oh, that’s cool. Are there any literary influences on the album as well?
I really am much more influenced by hip-hop than I am by … I really did love literature when I was younger, but I really don’t have the attention span to read books anymore. It’s so sad. Do you? Do you read books anymore?
I try to. I have to force myself to focus sometimes. It’s hard!
It’s crazy. One of my best friends is an author and he just spent 10 years writing this book that just came out. It’s called ‘A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall.’ It’s a thousand-page book and I feel so bad, I still haven’t read it. He’s one of my best friends and he was working on it for 10 years.
But hip-hop has always been a big influence. One thing I like to do, I like to take hip-hop lines and I use them in songs and they sound totally different. Like, I use A Tribe Called Quest lines, “So what, you got a crew / I got a crew too.” Really funny things that you don’t expect a white guy to sing. “You say you got my baby / But I know it ain’t true.”
“”I really want to connect that energy of being happy, being positive. I started Cobra Starship to make a lot of fun and have a good time. To do that in regards to love was also interesting.””
Are there any big hip-hop artists that you’re into right now?
Not really. I still really listen to a lot of early ’90s hip-hop. I’m really into the ’90s right now for some reason. A lot of Gangstar. I went to this party the other day and this guy was spinning old-school hip-hop, and I asked him to play Gangstar. He’s like, “Sorry, we’re only playing 1993 and before,” and I’m like “Gangstar was ’91!” So many music snobs out there.
That’s a very intense cut-off point!
Right? 1993 and before! It’s like, what’s the movie, ‘Step Brothers’? At the end when they go to the Billy Joel cover band and he’s like, “Play ‘River of Dreams,’” and he’s like, “Sorry, we’re 1993 and before Billy Joel!” Do you remember that scene? You’ll have to pull it up on YouTube. [Editor’s Note: We found it!]
Another one of your collaborators, Leighton Meester, is releasing her first album soon.
I’m so excited! It’s about time. She never put out an album.
I agree. Have you heard any of her new music?
I only heard, back in the day she played me songs. I realized when she got signed, everything was just pop and I think she had a conflict that a lot of artists have. The label wants it to be pop and she wanted to do more of a folky thing and she played guitar.
I haven’t heard her album now, but I saw her not too long ago when she was doing ‘Of Mice and Men’ and she seemed very excited. I’m really looking forward to hearing it.
Source: Pop Crush
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The Party is at the Mill City Nights in Minneapolis (MN) on Thursday, October 30th. Doors open at 7 pm.
KDWB’s ‘The Dave Ryan in the Morning Show’ will host the event (which is 21+) with an exclusive performance by Cobra Starship. The Saints and Sinners costume contest will begin at 9pm where the best-dressed Male and Female will each win $1,000!
IMPORTANT: The exclusive KDWB Saints and Sinners Halloween Party is invite-only! The only way to join the event, is to win from 101.3 KDWB! So make sure to listen to it tomorrow (Sunday, October 5th) > 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm – 2:20 pm – 3:20 pm – 4:20 pm!
Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta has gone through a lot in his personal life since Night Shades was released in 2011.
He married designer Erin Fetherson in 2013 after two years of dating and reunited with his former band Midtown earlier this year which culminated in performing a secret show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn under the pseudonym ‘Merman’ and making an appearance at the Skate and Surf Festival in May.
“That was an amazing experience,” he said on performing at Skate and Surf. “It was a great to do one last show.”
In the years since Midtown disbanded, a new wave of listeners, many of them Cobra Starship fans, fell in love with Save The World, Lose the Girl, Forget What You Know and Living Well is the Best Revenge and as a result elevated them to near cult status.
Although there are currently no plans for Midtown to record new material since the last album was made in 2004, Saporta mentions that “I don’t know if we have the time to devote to it,” he speaks fondly of the impact the band left on its fans.
“We left a great legacy,” he said, adding that it’s “Beautiful” and wants to leave that intact.
Saporta’s primary focus right now is Cobra Starship, as they recently released an infectiously catchy new single called “Never Been in Love” featuring electronic pop duo Icona Pop. The band is no stranger to electronic music as each record blends a variety of sounds including synth pop and rock.
When Cobra Starship was formed, Saporta mentioned that rock was its own thing while electronic was its own thing and they became one of the first bands to blend both genres together. With each album he says, the band is constantly looking to perfect this sound and incorporate it into the rock world.
“Never Been in Love” takes a sample of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” and draws influences from 90′s U.K. acts like George Michael and Jesus Jones.
The track was inspired by his marriage to Fetherson as he said that: “I had to go from the guy who made ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ to a new husband.”
The band is currently in the process of recording their fifth album that Saporta hopes will be released in early 2015. According to him, longtime fans should expect the same “tongue in cheek” attitude that is present on every Cobra record.
Source: The Epoch Times
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