Meet the Artist: Sebastian Gaskin

Name: Sebastian Gaskin

City: Winnipeg

Genre: R & B

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A bit about myself:

I was born in Thompson (Manitoba), but raised in Split Lake, a reservation about an hour and a half north of there. Then I moved to Winnipeg in Grade 9 and actually ended up going to three different high schools, and it was really difficult at times, trying to meet new friends and wondering why people didn’t like me. Towards the end of Grade 12, I realized it was me: I just don’t like people (laughs).

Growing up, all my aunts and uncles played the guitar so they’d be around the house, singing and listening to music. I remember in Grade 3, my mom enrolled me in this after-school fiddle club and within a few months I’d already been moved up to the advanced class. So I think I always kind of had a knack for music. As I got older, I hung around my cousin Tyler a lot, and he was really into Metallica. I remember hearing him pick out Fade to Black and I just thought it was the coolest thing and asked him to teach it to me. After learning that song, I convinced my mom to buy me my first guitar, an electric blue First Act. It was a complete piece of shit, but it did the job for the first year.

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When I outgrew that, I tried to convince my mom to get me this black Epiphone SG that I saw on the wall at a barber shop we went to. She said I could get it when I showed her that I was actually progressing and becoming a better player, so it was a really good incentive to expand my knowledge and practice every day. Eventually, I played in bands with my friends on the reserve, but nothing too serious. Then, one of my ex-girlfriends introduced me to The Weeknd, this is back right when he came out, and it changed everything. I was living in Toronto then, and I’d have to drive two hours to school and two hours back home, so I’d spend hours a day just cruising down the highway and singing along to Wknd records. That entire year kind of helped me find my voice and find my tone as an R & B artist.


Musical influences:

Metallica, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold. I come from a lot of metal, but also some country: Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, stuff like that. Then, like I said, The Weeknd for sure. SZA, Frank Ocean.

The first album I bought:

The Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack. On CD.

The first concert I went to:

Beyonce at MTS Centre (Winnipeg).

The last concert I went to:

Godsmack, also at the MTS Centre.

The last song I listened to:

National Anthem by Lana Del Rey.

My favourite song of all time:

Chanel by Frank Ocean.

The one song I wish I’d written:

Chocolate by The 1975.

My dream gig:

The Molson Amphitheatre (Budweiser Stage) in Toronto.

Myself in three words:

Chill. Tired. Hungry (laughs). Eclectic.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:

It would definitely have to be, “Don’t listen to what other people have to say about what you’re doing if it makes you happy.” – My Uncle Ronnie

Beatles or Rolling Stones:

Beatles.

What I do to pay the bills:

I sing hooks and sell beats.

When I’m not making music, I’m …

I like to cook. I like Italian. I also just got into painting this year; I’m trying to branch out into the visual arts.

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:

I skipped Grade 4.

What I’m currently working on:

Right now I’m working on a six-track EP titled Contradictions. I’m aiming for a release date in April.

If my life were a song, the title would be …

Wild Horses.

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