Getting To Know... Coral Gables

Following on from a rich and shimmering array of delights this past year, Texas-based singer and songwriter Erik Beruvides aka Coral Gables has returned once again with his next impressive gem 'Bygone'.

Channelling a wonderfully smooth and soaring aesthetic from start to finish, 'Bygone' sees him follow in the footsteps of acts like Bon Iver and The National. Filled with broad textures, a euphoric atmosphere, and his own tranquil voice at the helm, this new one will wash over you and leave you feeling rejuvenated throughout.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.

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What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The Piano. My abuela would play Cuban standards during the summer and at any parties we had at their house. I also love how inviting the piano is to play - everything is laid out before you with endless possibilities. It’s also my favorite instrument to write songs.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I listened to a little bit of everything. Growing up, we listened to plenty of Spanish language music like Celia Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, and Buena Vista Social Club around the house. In middle school, I listened to a ton of Blink 182 and Rage Against the Machine. Then it shifted towards indie with Bloc Party and Arcade Fire. Essentially a mix of everything.

What was the first album you remember owning?

This is embarrassing but I’ll just own up to it - Astro Lounge by Smashmouth. Yep.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Hey Ya by Outkast. The song is amazing and it’s universally loved. It’s one of the few perfect songs, in my opinion.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Get any instrument available and write, even if it’s only my voice. I record ideas on voice memos and revisit them when I demo. My focus is always to get at least one idea down.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Cassandra Jenkins, Dijon, and Wild Pink. They’ve all released amazing records this year.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

That’s a tough one, especially since there’s so many great artists but I’ll say Beach House or Vampire Weekend.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Songwriting. I love writing songs. There’s something magical about getting chords, melody, and lyrics together to make something special.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The uncertainty of it all. But that’s life, right?

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Keep going and stay true to your vision as an artist.

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Coral Gables' new single 'Bygone' is available to stream now. Watch the new video for it in the player below.