Wrabel – „nothing but the love“ + Exclusive Interview

Hello, thank you for your time, please introduce yourself in a few words!

Hello! I’m Wrabel. I’m a singer / songwriter and I live in LA.

Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

Oh boy, well I’m getting ready to release my debut album. This record has been years in the making. I’m so very proud of it and excited to share it all. Being able to do this independently is so cathartic — partnering with Nettwerk — on my own label called Big Gay Records ha! These songs are so special to me and close to my heart.

Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

I don’t really know how to write anything but a true story. I lead with emotion and feeling. “Nothing but the Love “is the first song I’ve written by myself in many years and I wrote it on guitar which I barely know how to play ha. I like to work with my friends and to me, character is more important than credits.

What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

I like to imagine there’s something timeless about my music. Everything starts with an instrument and a voice — before any production is added. So maybe a great pair of vintage Levi’s or a vintage plaid blazer. Something that feels familiar and fits like a glove.  Nothing too trendy so it never goes out of style .

Do you have bad habits? A guilty pleasure you can’t seem to quit?

Nicotine. I’m six years sober now from drugs and alcohol, but nicotine is the last thing and I can’t seem to kick it. Maybe it’s nice to have one vice aha . Also if i have a diet coke today, I’ll be drinking diet coke for a week.

Beside music, do you have any special talents?

hmm I like to doodle. I don’t know how to draw really, but I’ve been really inspired by artists like David Shrigley (not saying he can’t draw!) I love the humor and heart in his work and it inspired me to create things. It’s more of like “stick figure poetry“ — words and doodles I use to express some thoughts and feelings. I’ve actually had the incredible opportunity to partner with Landmark Street Art — a gallery in the UK — to do a limited run of art prints and I’m working on a book!

Being on stage feels like….!

The closest thing to drinking or drugs since I got sober. It’s like a holy of energy and excitement. I get anxious, nervous and scared every time, no matter how many times I get on stage and no matter if there’s 5 or 50,000 people watching. I just love it. I love the connection. to look out and see people smiling or crying or holding hands with someone or dancing or swaying or singing along … I can’t think of a better feeling.

Must Have – and No-Go in your Wardrobe! – Favorite Fashion Brand and Fragrance?

I really love Isabel Marant. Love Acne Studios and this brand I just discovered actually from an instagram ad called Olive Clothing. I tend to be attracted to more classic pieces but with something a bit odd or off about them. a classic silhouette with an interesting pattern or color. I can easily get caught up in trends if I look around too much, but always regret it and end up feeling like I’m wearing a costume. So I think my no – go would be anything too of the no. I’m not cool enough !!!

For fragrance my go to is Le Labo. I was lucky enough to go out on tour with Pink all through Europe in 2019 and picked up every Le Labo city exclusive I could get my hands on. I’ve been known to be a little too generous with how much fragrance I wear haha. I’ve had people that come to my shows tell me they could smell me from the stage and people that said their clothes smelled like me for a week after a meet and greet.

A question you’d like to answer, but never been asked in an interview before?

hmm that’s a good one and a hard one! Maybe something about why i make music or what keeps me going? I often find I’m talking about the newest project or song and it’s easy to let that sink in and hear things like “you’re only as good as your last ____ “ . but for me and I think for so many creators, it’s not the newest thing that keeps us going. For me, it’s connection. I know what it’s like to hear a song or go to a show and feel connected. feel understood. feel like I’m “ok“ or I’m not alone. One song that is forever surprising me is “The Village“. how it continues to grow and spread by word of mouth. It just blows my mind that still to this day I get messages every single day from people that stumble across it and what it means to them. I make music to express and to connect. In a half selfish way, it’s as much for me as it is for you, the listener. I hope that whatever the newest thing I do happens to be, that I never forget that and that I never create anything from any other place. It’s too easy to take things for granted and to not allow yourself to realize that you’re doing what your 8 or 10 or 15 year old self wanted to do. I try to carry that little me around everywhere with me. almost like “look kid, we’re doing it!“

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