In this First Concert Ever segment, the indietronica artist, Gabriel Black, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I went to was Immortal Technique. I was 13 years old and it was two hours from where I lived, so my mom took me. Lol. I was in my 13-year-old communist phase so his message was everything to me. His lyrics combined with the English class I was in at the time being super poetry heavy, conscious rap was everything. I grew up on a bunch of other things but I don’t think music had reached me like that before. That was when I started to write songs. Lyrics became the most important element to me. A few months before the concert, I had sent Tech’s label, Viper Records, my music and they saw something in me. Shout out to Jonathan Stuart, wouldn’t be here without him and his encouragement! Anyway- I mailed them a CD… this was way before the Soundcloud days. They got the CD and invited me to the show. It was in a dark venue out on Long Island that could probably hold a few hundred people. It was called the Crazy Donkey. I was definitely the youngest person there, momma bird not far away, living out my conscious rap dreams. I really don’t remember much from the performance other than for a moment I swear we locked eyes as he threw a CD out into the crowd as if it was going to chop off someone’s head. My mom and I hung around after the show and I got to meet him and talk a little after he settled up in the back. I joked about going on tour with him and he played nice. His friend, J Arch, RIP, told my mom I would be a star one day. and I haven’t given up since.