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gavn!: Behind the singer and the music (Q&A)

gavn! is a rising star who enjoys writing songs his life and experiences. From a young age, gavn! had always loved music, and is continues to dive deeper into his music career with each song released.
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Gavin Maher, professionally known as gavn! is a recording artist and singer. gavn! has written many folk/country infused pop, such as “hit the dirt,” “vices” and “City of Angels.” gavn! fell in love with music when he started recording songs in the app, GarageBand and continued to do talent shows throughout his childhood. On social media, he goes by @whereisgavn, 

Could you explain what you do? 

I feel like the best way to explain it, is “Recording Artist”

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What type of music do you create?

The stuff I’m making nowadays would be considered folk/country infused pop?

Could you give some background on how you got into this profession? 

I honestly just started recording songs into GarageBand and fell in love, and it’s been history since!

Can you tell me about a project that you worked on that you are proudest of? (Personal project and/or work)

I wanna say I’m most proud of my recent record Open Arms (Hallelujah), mostly because I was able to open up about things that haven’t always come easy to talk about.

Have you been interested in singing as a child as well? 

Oh absolutely, always doing talent shows 

What inspired you to get into this career?

I always like music my mom and dad showed me growing up like James Blunt, b52’s, Led Zeppelin and wanted to be just like all of them.

What are some things that inspired you to write your songs? (Any specific examples?) 

I feel most comfortable writing about my mistakes and issues I’ve had in life particularly in songs like “hit the dirt” and “vices”.

What themes or messages do you aim to convey through your music?

I think responsibility and hope are the two common most found themes in my music, at least that’s what I try to convey! 

What challenges have you faced in the music industry, and how have you overcome them?

I think the biggest challenge I’ve faced personally was always feeling like I was happy with where I am/things I’ve accomplished.

How do you balance your personal life with your music career?

Oh, I don’t do the best job but I always just try and set specific times as to when I’m going to post content & go live.

What was your journey like from when you started to where you are now?

It’s been a roller coaster, but just like anyone else a constant journey of ups and downs.

Who was a mentor figure who helped you come to where you are now?

I have always had friends that were willing to help guide me through new endeavors but I’ve never had a “mentor”.

What has the experience been like so far? 

I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

How do you keep yourself constantly motivated in this field that requires a lot of creativity and time?

Well, you see, it’s not hard when you’re never satisfied with anything you do.

Are there any goals that you hope to achieve in the future?

Yes, but I try not to jinx myself!

Can you share any advice for aspiring singers looking to break into the industry?

BE YOURSELF! And don’t be afraid of constructive criticism (unless people are just being lame). & it’s hard advice, but make sure you keep some level of “never satisfied” when it comes to your drive.

What are some things that you want to say to the GBHS Gazette Readers? 

Thank you so much for reading about what my process and experience has been like for me! 


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Rachel Guo
Rachel Guo, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Rachel is a junior and Co-Editor-in-Chief. This is her third year on the Gazette staff.
Batul Zanzi
Batul Zanzi, Editor
Batul is a senior and Features Editor. This is her third year on the Gazette staff.

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