Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
Afresh: Where are the artists from? What is their talent in the group?
Me Gabriel, I am from Bristol, England. My talent is composing, producing and writing the lyrics.
Afresh: How did the band get the name?
I chose the name Allflaws was chosen very impulsively. It is kind of a reaction to our obsession with perfection and it promotes the notion that having flaws and imperfections is ok. The name definitely has other hidden meanings which I like to leave to the audience to figure out. I think it’s more interesting that way.
Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)
My instrument would have to be my voice.
Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?
The project basically consists of me Gabriel. I’m essentially a one man band. I do everything from start to finish which includes writing the lyrics and the composing and producing of the music. However when the project goes live I then get session musicians to come in and play synths, guitars and electronic drums. The live show also has visuals which are supplied by Swankoid Films.
Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
With out sounding too pretentious I would describe it as a dark, brooding and eclectic mix of electronica, rap and industrial. I would say that the lyrics are introspective, socio-political and evocative.
Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?
Allflaws have released two official studio albums These Walls Are Lies and Black Box Here After. Also a third album Talking In The Dark was created in 2006. This album is scheduled for a re-release in the future.
Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?
I’ve been writing lyrics since 1998. Been doing the Allflaws project since 2004.
Afresh: What do you feel distinguishes “an artist” from just a musician?
For me an artist is someone who really lives and breathes music. It’s kind of a way of life and a state of mind.
Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
I started the project in 2004 in Bristol UK and haven’t looked back since.
Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
The biggest challenge has always been coming out with new and exciting material.
Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
I’d say that the passion for the music overrides any real major obstacles. I think it’s really important to keep the focus on the music as much as possible and not be drawn into all the bureaucracy and elitism of industry. It can be a very difficult and harsh business at times but it can also have many rewards. I always try to concentrate on the music and the positive aspects.
Afresh: Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?
To be honest, I think the industry has maybe been dented by the economic crunch but I think there are other issues affecting the industry i.e. things like illegal downloads, multi national corporations making stupendous money from musical subcultures and major record labels taking an unfair share of artists profits. Overall though I think musicians are in a much better position than ten or so tears ago because they can now afford to create professional home recording studios for a lot cheaper budget and they can now use the internet to reach a much wider and diverse audience. This is ultimately allowing artists to be more creative, liberated and independent.
Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old. Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
A lot of youth today seem big on the idea of being a major celebrity. I think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having admiration for celebrities but I think it’s important not to simulate what they do too much, as I feel that it is important to maintain your own individuality and identity. I think that striving just to be a celebrity is not really the way forward. The music should always come first as a priority and the celebrity always second. My advice would be to persist and embrace your art and things like fame and celebrity may come as an added bonus.
Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
My family really like and support what I’m doing and are very happy that I’m pursuing a career in music.
Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows? Any ideas???
That’s a difficult question. I don’t have a definite answer for that but I think it’s very important to encourage people to go to live shows because of the synchronized connection between the fans and the performer. Live music does just this, merging and harnessing both the energies to create an all encompassing experience. Labels and promoters need to emphasise that buying a bands record is only the first stage and that the second stage is the physical interaction with the band at the live show.
Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
Yes my mum was a singer and my dad was a guitarist. My grandfather Cliff Adams was a composer, pianist and producer. He was in a band called the Stargazers who even had a number one hit in the UK. He also wrote jingles for many well known British TV adverts and even the theme tune to a famous English animation called Post Man Pat.
Afresh: Do you have your own favourite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
I don’t have a favourite type of music as I like to keep an open mind. However I do tend to like music which is a little bit darker in its mood and is in a minor key. I find this type of music more mysterious, moving and intriguing. All the music I listen too seems to find its way into my sound. At the moment I listen to a lot of industrial, electronica, trip hop, rock, hip hop, and dance. All these genres are definitely incorporated into my music.
Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
I’m a good footballer or (soccer player to my US friend’s). I was on course to being a professional then I turned my attention to music. I’m also pretty good at painting, DJing and bragging lol
Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
Just an insatiable desire to share my music with other people and a great love for touring and performing. It’s such an amazing feeling doing gigs and translating your tracks from something on a CD format into a raw, pounding and blistering live sound. You just can’t beat that type of energy.
Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
The work of Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine. These guys are Magicians of the music world.
Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
Me, Gabriel I do the whole creative process from start to finish. I typically begin with the creation of the music and then I move onto writing the lyrics. Both are completely fascinating processes in very different and unique ways. For me, doing both allows me to really switch from one to the other – keeping the art forms interesting and fresh.
Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
There’s nothing I would change at the moment. Watch this space.
Afresh: Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist?
As long as I’m still recording music and sustaining myself then I’m a very happy man. I have obvious goals such as creating more albums and pushing my creative abilities to new heights. I think it’s important for my music to progress and develop so that the people who follow my music can remain interested in what I am doing, and I too can remain interested in what I am doing. In five years I really want to see that my music has developed and taken on new forms of creativity.
Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
None in particular but I have had strange emails/pictures sent to me in the past, this could be considered as a type of post modernist cyber stalking.
Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
No one has snuck into the dressing room as of yet but a crazed man did once storm the stage with only some pink fluffy underwear on. I found this amusing and frightening at the same time.
Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?
Some are just too embarrassing and crude for me to mention. If I had to say one it would be a gig I did where the stage completely collapsed and evidently so did the whole performance.
Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you? How did you react?
A babies shoe. I reacted with a quizzical smirk.
Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?
It’s all a bit of a haze really. Most of my wild stories involve staying up for days partying and recording. This happens pretty frequently.
Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group? How did you get through it all?
Been no real nightmares yet, touch wood.
Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans? New releases? Tours? News?
Currently got a new Allflaws single out called Escaping Sanity which is taken from the album Black Box Here After. The video for the track is made by the talented Swankoid films. A long side this we have started filming for the follow up video A Spell In The Void which will be out in the autumn. I am also busy in the studio working on a new untitled Allflaws EP which will be hitting the streets in the winter time.
Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)
Kurt Cobain, amazing voice and lyrics.
David Gilmore from Pink Floyd, mesmerizing guitarist.
Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, a visionary, composer and I love the way he smashes things up on stage.
Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Austria at the amazing Snowbombing music festival. Played at the top of the Alps in the sun and snow.
Afresh: How do you feel about file swapping?
Personally I haven’t got a major problem with it because even though I like people to buy my music which helps to finance my career, ultimately it’s more important that they have the music than not have it at all.
Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances? What was it and how did you become involved?
Yes I did one at the Trinity Club in Bristol UK for the Oxjam music festival. It was a really amazing gig for a great cause which made it all the more special. I got approached from the organisers of Oxjam who wanted bands representing Bristol scene to raise money for the charity with funds going to Africa. I plan to do more charity events in the future in the UK and US.
Afresh: How do you think you would like to be remembered by everyone?
As someone who had substance, integrity and originality in their music. Oh and someone who had a good sense humour.
Afresh: As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish?
Nothing in particular, but the main objective is to try and consistently make progressive and good music and to enjoy the process of creativity.
Afresh: When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?
I find a sense of humour is crucial in these situations. Laugh until you cry or should I say Cry until you laugh.
Afresh: What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?
The persistent desire to create something new and interesting.
Afresh: If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be?
Success is the act of doing.
Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
Yes I am signed to UK label Derelict State Records. A great label who allow full creative freedom and expression. Top dogs.
Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
Yes I have other interviews, articles and stories etc. You will be able to find some of them on the Allflaws Wikipedia page.
Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
Yes please check out the Allflaws videos at the official site.
Afresh: Do you have a website of any type? (Name all options)