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From Heartstreets to Laroie: A Musical Odyssey with Gab Godon.

Kono Vidovic September 11, 2023 131 4 5

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Montreals Gab Godon was part of the duo Heartstreets before launching the solo adventure that is Laroie. The singer launched her new project with themes of overcoming addiction, temptation, relationships and desire, to reach people through songs that make them feel good! Laroie’s music is influenced by the R&B acts of the 90s like D’Angelo, The Fugees, and Mary J Blige, whilst still being drawn to the dancefloor. Her releases are often accompanied with slick videography with a modern-day Alice in Wonderland twist, that include eye shocking visuals and stunning choreography. Is it any wonder she was featured in Elle Magazine. Her new EP is a collection of heavyweight remixes of her Tragedy EP which should be filed this under sonically slick, poppy-house goodness that really kicks!  

Here we ask the striking performer to talk us through some track that have impacted her musical journey. 

The Score – The Fugees 

This is one of the first records I listened to on repeat when I was about 8 years old. I was obsessed with the song Killing Me Softly and became a big fan of Lauryn Hill. 

All For You – Janet Jackson 

This record represents my years as a young teen. The time when I started discovering herself and as a person who loves to dance and sing, this was heaven for me!

The Best of Sade – Sade 

This compiles all of the Sade repertoire that has been following me since I arrived in this world. I grew up with her and to this day, it is a great inspiration to me and to the people I work with regularly. 

If You Could Read My Mind – Ultra Naté, Amber, Jocelyn Enriquez

This song will always hold a special place in my heart. The combination of R&B and dance music that was popular at the end of the 90s/beginning of 2000’s is probably the biggest influence in my music. I used to listen to this song in the car with my mom and it brings back loving memories. 

Why Make Sense – Heartstreets 

This is the first record I put out with my previous band called Heartstreets. A R&B/Hip-hop duo where I first started creating music and exploring song-writing. The band separated in 2020 and helped me gain so much experience in the music industry. I’m glad I was part of this project and feel grateful I could throw myself into the unknown to discover who I was as a solo artist. 

Let Me Be – Laroie 

This song is on the first EP I released as Laroie. It was produced by Robert Robert and portrays the exploration I was doing to find my sound, playing with different influences such as pop, electronic and R&B. It was the beginning of my solo venture. 

Speed of Life – Laroie 

This is the second EP I released. It was produced by Gene Tellem with the help of collaborators such as Gabriel Rei and Robert Robert. To me, this EP embodies my sound and the music field I wish to grow in and play. I started working with film director Maïlis for the different songs of the EP and that also gave sense to Laroie in a new way. 

Secret Witness – Volum I

This record is the first volume of many! Secret Witness is a collective of artists including producers Gene Tellem, Gabriel Rei, drummer Pascal Deaudelin and myself as the singer song-writer. It’s a way to let our creative juices flow in different ways and it is purely for fun and for the community we are building. 

Tragedy – Laroie 

Tragedy is my latest EP release. I worked with Gene Tellem, Gabriel Rei and Robert Robert on it and it holds a very special place in my heart. It reflects on the identity search and the obstacles encountered to better find my way to integrity. I am very proud of this release and I’m excited for the new work that will follow it. 

Tragedy Remixed – Laroie 

Tragedy Remixed is a selection of four remixes from different producers across the world who each put their own touch to the original songs off my EP. Hugo LX gave new life to my song ‘Why Don’t Ya?’, Manuel Darquart did a remix for ‘Friend or Lover’, Toribio added his touch to ‘Confusion’ and last but not least, Regularfantasy put her new energy on the focus track ‘Tragedy’. 

A few final words.

Thank you, Laroie, for taking us on a mesmerizing journey through the tracks that have shaped your musical voyage. Your story is a beacon of inspiration, showcasing the transformative power of music and personal growth. As we eagerly anticipate what comes next in your musical saga, we invite our readers to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of Laroie. Don’t forget to follow Laroie to stay updated with her latest releases and mesmerizing visuals. Remember, the journey is just as beautiful as the destination.

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DJ | MUSIC CURATOR & SELECTOR | PODCAST MAKER | BLOGGER Professional online interpreneur. Coffee practitioner. Electronic music culture maven. Total music guru. Infuriatingly humble problem solver. Food & sports fanatic.

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