We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabe Kubanda and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabe, how does your business help the community or world?
I co-founded EduMusication with the intent of bringing modern music industry knowledge to music students and artists who may not know what it takes to succeed in the music business. In grade school, music instructors teach you how to play your instrument or to sing, but don’t really tell you what you can do with those skills in the real world. It’s treated more as an extra-curricular, a hobby. It’s been amazing to see the impact we’ve had over 750 concerts on 3 continents, and approx 300 EduMusication sessions giving that little extra shift in perspective on what is possible. It’s a rough time in the world right now, and I want to give people hope, that they can have a happy career that aligns with their passions and creativity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been writing songs since I was a teen, and it’s not easy, and it’s not always fun, but the more you do it regularly, the better you get. I’ve always thought about the “next level” in any job growing up… If I start out as a grocery bagger at Safeway, I’ll work my way up to the next job in the company, then the next, etc… Responsibility, professionalism, and hard work go a long way, even when you don’t necessarily have the perfect skills. Hard work trumps talent every time. I think people look at the “talented” people in the world, and on social media, and think that they’ve got it made when in reality, they’re just looking at a highlights reel. They don’t see the hard work and determination it took to get where they are, and how much effort is put in to “stay” there.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Gotta see the peacocks at Glendale Library! Take a short hike up to Hole In The Rock, grab a happy hour at Yen Sushi, and maybe take in an indie film at the Film Bar downtown!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shoutout to all the amazing brand supporters who’ve made our mission a success! Gibson, Ernie Ball, Mapex Drums, Orange Amps, Musician’s Institute, Fullsail University, CRAS andmore! Shoutout to some very amazing music teachers that are going above and beyond with their students and classrooms – Luis Rodriguez, Richard Maxwell, Erica Scrivner And to all the bands I’ve been able to tour with, and all the fans, it’s really been a fun ride, and I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings!
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