It’s impossible not to become infatuated with soulful pop princess Gavin Turek. The LA Native is always clad in a hand-made 70's fringe dress (designed herself in every color) and armed with the best dance moves you’ve ever seen. It’s easy to draw comparisons anywhere from Tina Turner to Beyoncé but really, Gavin is her own force to be reckoned with. Performing always came natural: she grew up with a father who played piano and tagging alongside her mother, who toured coffee shops singing gospel. Growing up in Los Angeles, Gavin obsessively studied two things: music (the likes of Donna Summer, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Giorgio Moroder) and all forms of dance. Originally aspiring to be a professional dancer, Gavin spent years training and traveling abroad, before eventually returning to singing and songwriting as her main medium of expression; but dance is naturally a vital component for her live shows.
Two special artists in particular became champions early on for Gavin. Brainfeeder genius TOKiMONSTA has been a longtime friend and collaborator. Early on in both their careers, she asked Gavin to contribute vocals to her productions, which lead to the fan favorite track “Darkest Dim" and a mini-album, "You're Invited." Mayer Hawthorne was next, not only inviting Gavin to open his sold out tours but recruiting her as the female counterpart in his retro funk act, Tuxedo with producer Jake Uno.
In 2017, Gavin released her first proper EP “Good Look for You” via her own label Madame Gold Records. A self starter and entrepreneur whose mission is to inspire women of all ages and ethnicities, Madame Gold continues the tradition of female greats taking the reigns of their own success. The EP garnered attention and praise from Stereogum, Nylon, Okayplayer, NPR, KCRW, Billboard, etc. all of which highlighted her songwriting chops and simultaneously retro yet modern sound. An undeniable star, Gavin is now working hard on her debut album and touring this summer with Hayley Kiyoko, TOKiMONSTA, and Tuxedo.
R: When did you discover your drive to be an artist?
G: My earliest memories are performing in front of people. I remember dancing for hours in front of my Grandpa's camera and thinking to myself, "I enjoy this. People will enjoy watching this." Haha. I just knew from a very young age I was meant to entertain. Just took me awhile to figure out the vehicle. It wasn't until I dealt with rejection that I began to tap into my own drive though. Once it was clear this journey would be very difficult and yet I wanted to keep going in spite of that, I knew I had the tenacity and perseverance to see it through.
R: Who are your most cherished influences in music and why?
G: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder...to name a few. That's who I grew up listening to and I remember how their voices, lyrics, and melodies made me feel. They really stuck with me, inspiring me strive for a timeless sound rather than make music that fits a trend.
R: You have such amazing style, where do you find your inspiration?
G: Aw, thank you! My sister is really inspiring to me. She heavily advises my wardrobe and style and has the best taste. I also scour Pinterest just like everyone else for outfit and costume inspiration. I'm pretty obsessed with looking at runway photos from the 90's right now.
R: Which country would you like to perform at that you haven’t been to yet?
G: South Africa
R: If you could live in only one city besides LA, where would it be and why?
G: Tokyo! Because it's the most amazing city in the world. There's always something to do/see/explore.
R: What inspired your recent song, “Whitney?”
G: I was feeling down on myself (very common feeling these days) and wanted to get out of that mental space. So I wrote a theme song for those needing a pep talk and a reminder that they are still beautiful and wonderful even if they feel crappy. Go put that lipstick on and tell yourself you look good!
R: Who is an artist that you would love to collaborate with?
G: Anderson Paak, Kevin Parker
R: What is your favorite music video of all time?
G: Michael Jackson, "Bad"
R: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
G: To focus on who you're becoming rather than what you're accomplishing. And....do you boo.
R: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of singing?
G: Watching documentaries, traveling and exploring cultures vastly different from my own. Dancing to house music for hours on end in Chicago. Hanging with my family.