Gavin Turek is definitely no one trick pony. The trained dancer, enchanting vocalist, and songwriter goes above and beyond what it means to be a triple threat. She's an unique individual whose musical talents and evolving style cannot be pigeon-holed into any one genre. Her song "Let Me Go" has an 80's vibe to it, yet when you listen to "One Trick Pony" it has an alternative, pop, Grimes-y feel to it. See, even I'm unsure of what genre to compare it to exactly, but that is what's so wonderful about her music. You can listen to any one of her songs and feel the raw emotion in her voice, relate to all the captivating lyrics, while having a dance party in your apartment at the same time. I got the chance to interview Gavin about her vibrant style and discover how she has evolved into the performer she is today.
Gavin Turek, 25
Los Angles, California
How did you first get introduced to music? What made you start writing?
My father plays the piano and my mother is a singer, so me and my sisters were exposed to music constantly since we were little girls. My parents had great taste so Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, Bob James, and Laura Nyro were always playing in our house. I remember driving in the car with the entire family working out harmonies and singing until we reached our destination. I was maybe 9 or 10 when I started writing songs with my sister. We took it very seriously and recorded all of our songs on a cassette tape.
You collaborated with TOKiMONSTA for several tracks on their Creature Dreams EP. What was it like working with them, and how is it different from working solo? Are there any plans for collaborations with other artists in the future?
Me and Jenn (TOKiMONSTA) met a few years ago over myspace...I know crazy. We barely ever complete a song in the same room or state for that matter, but our collaborations have always been very easy and organic. I am naturally inspired by her music, so lyrics and melodies come almost immediately. We worked on her upcoming album as well which will be released early next year. I would love to continue making music with her. Otherwise I think me and James Murphy from LCD Sound System, Greg Kurstin, and Justice all need to collab at some point....besides in my dreams.
Where were you or who were you with when you first heard “Little Pleasures” on the radio? What was your reaction?
I was driving, by myself, on my way home from work around 12 am when I heard "Little Pleasures" on KCRW. I think I screamed then broke out laughing. I was so happy. I definitely rolled all my windows down and blasted it. Was a good moment.
What has been your favorite performance so far? Why?
I recently completed a residency at The Central in Santa Monica in November. The last show we played was too a packed house and I felt so much genuine love from the audience. Their energy literally fueled me that night. I felt like I can run a mile after that performance because they gave me as much as I gave them.
What's on your iPod at the moment?
Lots of Little Dragon, Phoenix, Dirty Projectors, LCD Sound System, Lianna La Havas, Sanitgold, The Police.
Describe your personal style, its influences and inspirations. How is it different than everyone else’s?
I would describe my style as refreshing, vibrant, bold, and sometimes meek. I am not afraid to rock anything yet don’t feel the need to be over the top.
What’s in your wardrobe you can’t live without?
Little Black Dress.
A phrase you use too often?