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Gabriel Kanka



What do you love about music?

Music is both as simple and as complicated as you want to make it! Most of my favorite memories involve music in one way or another, and the relationships I've built with fellow performers are ones I will always cherish. Music is the thing I've devoted my life to, and I've never regretted it.

Who is your favorite artist?

Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

What are your top 5 desert island albums?

Octavarium - Dream Theater
Abbey Road - The Beatles
A New World Record - ELO
The Stranger - Billy Joel
Flood - They Might Be Giants

Do you play in a band or currently perform?

Yes! I perform solo at coffeeshops in the area, and am part of several bands around the world via an online site called BandLab!


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Gabriel Kanka was born and raised in Leo, Indiana, just north of Fort Wayne. His musical experience began in early childhood, when he performed alongside his family at churches in the area. He studied Vocal Music Education at IU's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, then taught choir at a local middle school for two years. Gabriel has written over 250 songs spanning every genre from EDM to progressive metal. His collaborations include musicians from Chile, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, and many other countries across the globe. In his free time, Gabriel is also a visual artist!