"I won't play it safe, I'm not that irresponsible! People who don't dream are F*****g dangerous"
Proudly original and ever-defiant Gala has always been the kind of woman to forge her own path. Gala opens doors and when they will not open she paints windows on glass ceilings and dances right through them.
Named by her parents after Salvador Dali's and Paul Eluard's eccentric muse Gala was raised in Italy following her mom to feminist meetings, art galleries and Patti Smith's concerts, she in turn would drag her parents to empty movie theatres to see re-runs of ‘Help.'
An outsider from the get go, Gala left Italy as a teenager and landed in Manhattan. A stranger in a strange land, a rocker in a club land Gala was seduced by booming sound systems, crazy parties and the underground gay scene. While studying at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Gala wandered the NYC underground photographing artists and eccentric club-goers. Ultimately, her camera was the key to her success. In exchange for a photo of a European deejay she recorded her first demo. In no time, with no formal training, no industry connections, but huge amounts of attitude and determination, Gala became a dance floor icon.
Mailed overseas on a cassette tape, "Freed from Desire" became an international pop classic. In 1997 Gala was nominated for the "Best Dance Act" at the "Mobo Awards" in the UK next to: Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, and Orbital and was awarded "Best Foreign Artist of the Year" at the Midem in Cannes, France. Her album Come into my Life was released in 1998 with 4 singles charting in the Top 20 across Europe, selling a combined 6 million records worldwide. She was awarded a Gold record in the UK, and Platinum and Diamond records in Belgium and France and performed in venues such as Bercy Stadium in Paris and appeared on TV shows such as Top of the Pops in the UK with artists such as Janet Jackson, Oasis and Paul Weller.
Referred to by her fans as a "cult artist" for her minimalist look and haunting voice, Gala suddenly disappeared at the top of her success leaving behind an air of mystery. While performing "Let a Boy Cry" on the French TV show Taratata', Gala met Prince's manager Steve Fargnoli who began representing her.
Meeting and working with Steve Fragnoli meant more than breaking free from her former label and finally finding representation, it also meant the realization of a powerful promise.
A child's promise to herself. When gala was 13 years olf she saw her first concert and that concert was prince's concert in Italy. At that concert gala promised to herself that the next time she would be at a concert she would be at her own. Not only she was able to realize that dream but also to be represented by prince 10's manager and producer of Purple Rain.
After his unexpected death in 2001, Gala found herself lost, disiluusioned, and without represenation she ended up locked into a deal with a record company that left her no control over her music. Longing to break free from her constraints and return to the excitement, adventure, and freedom that had fueled her initial rocket to success; Gala left her European record company and moved back to NYC, this time settling in Brooklyn.
She immediately formed her own label, Matriarchy Records, and set out to redefine her sound, her life and her career. In 2005 she signed the independently-produced song "Faraway" to EMI in France and Greece, where it reached #1 on iTunes and #6 in CD sales. The song has been covered by the Greek singer Tamta (winner of the Greek "Idol" TV show) and has been featured on a TV ad campaign in the US.
Gala then teamed up with producer Marcus Bell and put together the ‘Tough Love' album spanning the best of five years of collaborations with a wide range of musicians from platinum-selling Lil Wayne helmsman, Revin Rudolf, avant-garde drummer Deantoni Parks (John Cale, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mars Volta), guitarist Joseph Friedman (Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Beyonce) and Tamir Muskat (ex-Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box).
In the past few years, Gala has produced over 5 music videos such as "I'm the World," which incorporated the video installation, "The Song I Love to" by the Argentinean artist Sebastiano Mauri.
Starting to book herself independently through her own label she set out to perform around the world again, from the Antique Theater in Arles to the Highline Ballroom in New York City, from the Palais du Sport in Paris to the Ethias Arena in Belgium where 40,000 people demanded more. In 2010 she was invited as the only artist to perform her album Tough Love at " 24 Heures Vélo" the biggest student party in Belgium at Louvain La Neuve. In 2011 Gala headlined at Forest National in Brussels and a tour of the Zenith Theatres in France.
Invited to perform at "Dance in the Summer" in Beirut in 2011 - next to artists such as: Taio Crz, T- pain , Dev, and Dash Berlin, Gala insisted to present a new song. The organizer of the event Mix FM, (Official N1 Radio in the Middle East) believed from the first moment that Gala's new single "Lose Yourself In Me" was a hit and start playing it on high rotation. The song went in few weeks at N2.
Within one year Gala's indie label Matriarchy put together remixes and a video for "Lose Yourself In Me", and the song got released online worldwide through Gala's indei label. The song got played on Fun radio and FG radio in France, and on high rotation on Impact FM radio in Belgium, entered under new releases on Fun Radio in Belgium
From the massive global success of her previous hit songs, Gala continues to shake up the electro dance music scene with the release of her newest master-fusion of lyrical power, infectious chorus and danceable rhythm. "Lose Yourself In Me" is quickly becoming a huge radio and club DJ favorite, picking up massive support across major FM radio stations in France, where Gala had many successes, topping the charts with her classic hits "Freed From Desire", "Let A Boy Cry" and "Come Into My Life". The video, which premiered on the front page of France's #1 online video portal, Daily Motion, is a luminescent pairing to the song, incorporating high-intensity LED-based costuming and two of Los Angeles's most renowned crump dancers.
The "Lose Yourself in Me" music video, directed by Alistair Legrand and produced by The Masses (previous work with Heath Ledger Beach House, Dido, Bon Iver, amongst many others) is available on Daily Motion, Vimeo and YouTube, (http://dai.ly/Kydhe1 and http://bit.ly/LkAYqt) as well as Gala's own website www.GalaSound.com.
Gala's up-and-coming single « Taste of Me » is the second single of her conceptual singles trilogy. The song was produced by Marcus Bell and mixed by Andros Rodriquez whose credits include Florence and The Machine, Lenny Kravitz, and Kelly Clarkson.
The "Taste of Me" music video will be directed by New York-based French director Alexandre Moors (artistic director of Kayne West's" Runaway", Director of "Blue Caprice"a feature film that was shone this year at the opening night of mOMA and Lincoln Center "New Directors, New Films" Festival) ), produced by Jonathan Lia and The Good Company and choreographed by Benoit Swan, the Artistic Director of New York's avant guard contemporary ballet company, Cedar Lake. The video features dancer- choreographer Abdur-Rahim Jackson ( Alvin Ailey Company- Beyonce Super Bowl choreographer) .
Freed From Desire
Let A Boy Cry
Why You Wanna
Come Into My Life
Freed From Desire 2008
Taste Of Me
Lose Yourself In Me
Freed From Desire
Liebe Ist Meine Rebellion
Freed From Desire (Slow Version)