Gallant, a rising Alternative R&B singer-songwriter, released his debut album Ology earlier this month to great acclaim. Before he established himself in the Alt R&B scene, Gallant started out recording songs in Columbia, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., to express his feelings and angst. As someone his age would scribble away into a diary, Gallant unintentionally began his craft.
After high school, he made the move to New York to study music at NYU in the hopes of commencing his career. Once there, Gallant played songs he recorded in his bedroom for his friends. The feedback he received wasn’t very positive. Despite initial negative reviews and being told to alter his sound to a mainstream one, Gallant persevered and was determined to dent the industry with his moody and hybridized R&B.
In 2013, after graduating from NYU, Gallant moved from the East Coast to the West Coast for a change of scenery and perspective. New York to Los Angeles. He soon caught the attention of Jake Udell, a business manager who pushed EDM artists such as ZHU and Krewella to positions of notability. In 2014, Gallant self-released his first EP, Zebra, which he calls a sonic diary dealing with the aftermath of New York. Delving deep into his anxieties, Gallant captivated the underground music scene with his first EP. Zebra also received recognition from NME, Pitchfork, and The Guardian, which led to record labels being notified of Gallant’s presence and potential. Ultimately, David Dann, the founder of indie label Mind of a Genius, reached out and signed the rising talent.
In the summer 2015, Gallant released his first single under Mind of a Genius Records. “Weight in Gold” debuted on Apple Music on June 30, leaving listeners of the Beats 1 radio station craving more. Zane Lowe, arguably the DJ with the most international status, made the selection for “Weight in Gold” to be Beats 1’s first “World Exclusive”, a daily spotlight for a new and rising artist to be heard around the globe.
Gallant derives his inspiration from a wide range of artists such Babyface, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Jackie Wilson, and Radhiohead, and more. His music borrows sounds from multiple genres, placing Gallant in a unique musical category. It’s safe to say that his initial reviews in New York no longer matter. Gallant’s debut album, Ology, borrows the heartfelt vibes of 80’s and 90’s R&B, while subtly injecting hip-hop and soul. The result is a nostalgic impression due to him masterfully pivoting between classic and modern sounds. Following his performance at Coachella, he is touring and may be in a city near you. Visit HERE to view his tour dates and locations. Be sure to follow Gallant on your preferred forms of social media and to buy Ology. Supporting talented and ascending artists is essential for meaningful music to continue to be produced.
“I’ve waited a long time to say everything that I’m saying in this album and it’s terrifying to think that people will hear it. But I couldn’t be more proud of this body of work and I hope people take it in a way that’s as honest as I was when I was making it.“