Gabe Rizza is a name you may have heard before in previous stories of ours, most notably the many many remixes he’s done for Key Loch and other artists!
And that’s not all – who remembers this iconic jingle from Ajax Spray and Wipe? Well let it never be said that Key Loch and Gabe aren’t versatile, because they also went out of their way to perform a loving restoration of the jingle. Featuring Maurice Morgan, this one is definitely an earworm that’s worthy of attention!
But while the past is fine to reminisce on, the future also looks bright for Key Loch and Gabe. Their collaboration with an old favourite for some spicy new remixes is what’s got our attention right now! You may have heard of CB and his contributions to many influential groups, including the one and only Heaven… well, it’s a great thing that he’s also teamed up with Gabe and Key Loch, we’re sure you’ll agree! Check out these killer takes on CB’s iconic track “Fantasy” and get ready to let it all go!
If you haven’t heard this version of the Key Loch remixes yet, this playlist and the above music video by Soularflair are one hell of an introduction, to say the least. An energetic and funky bass carries the song further, helping you picture the sexy body of the person the lyrics are referring to, in a chill aesthetic that’ll have you nodding your head to the beat – even without visuals, the music video might as well be playing, because it all comes alive in your mind! Y’know what Morpheus said: “take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe”. What a fitting subtitle for a remix of “Fantasy”, in that case! And the fantasy within these mixes is certainly a comforting one, drawing you further into Gabe’s killer bass and beats, and CB’s alluring vocals. How deep does the rabbit hole go? About as deep as Gabe’s talent. Once he shows off how versatile he is, heads start turning, and when you see how he came to this point with his journey through the industry, you’ll see why! So… who is Gabe, and where has his musical life taken him?
Gabe is currently the Studio and Production Manager at Blue Pie Records, DJ Central Records, and Ordior. He favours disco, house, and pop, but is multidisciplinary and loves all music. He has worked under the alias of Apollo Sky, and has been making a name for himself at Blue Pie and DJ Central by remixing some of the most popular tracks on the catalogues, such as CB’s Fantasy, and all the hits from Key Loch, including their chilling cover of Frozen! Gabe often works very closely with Key Loch, and when he isn’t managing the studio and production, he’s working on the Blue Pie/DJ Central radio show/podcast with host MCs Mighty and Pyrite, or flexing his creativity with his excellent remix and remastering repertoire.
Gabe has a rich history in the industry, and has been a singer-songwriter producer and mastering engineer for over 30 years. Gabe was signed to the Australian Dance Label “Pro DJ International” in the late 90’s with his R & B Pop Group, “About Time”. Gabe then released his first single “Lies”,whichwent on to become a number one hit on the urban dance charts. He was then employed by his label to take on the role of head music producer/mastering engineer. From there, he continued to produce, remix and engineer a huge repertoire of recorded works under the Pro DJ, Ultra Violet and Mezzanine (UMA) Record Labels.
Gabe was then asked to work for Universal Music Australia, and so moved from Melbourne to Sydney to take on the role of Head Producer of the Hyperion dance/pop label. There, he continued to produce & engineer for many high profile artists from both Australia and across the world. It was at this time that he started his own music production company known as Millennium Productions,where he also continued to produce and engineer music and album compilations for many big movers and shakers in the industry. These included the likes of Global Recordings, Sony, EMI, Universal Music, Warner Records and Phoenix Records!
In 2005, Gabe co-founded IICONIC CREATIVE,a creative production company dedicated to producing music, events, film, and design, from which he continues to run to this day. In 2020, he also helped to create and establish the new live music and broadcast venue known as Livestreemer Tv. This network is a dedicated live music broadcast venue, with state-of-the-art sound, vision, and lighting. Livestreemer Tv have had the pleasure of broadcasting over 120 live music events to the world, featuring some incredible artists like SonyartistTimomatic, and many other high profile Australian and international artists! There’s just too many to mention…
Livestreemer Tvhas garnered a reputation as being a world-class live production space, being featured on the ABC for its support of artists, production crews, and high quality live web streaming services. Gabe and his team are very proud of the talented staff that have contributed to the network’s success, and look forward to the future!
Today, Gabe acts as the associate producer/engineer and studio manager of both Blue Pie Records USA and DJ Central,and also assists Ordior with his talents. Gabe says it’s a pleasure to be writing, producing, remixing and engineering new musical works, and that he looks forward to collaborating with all the new and undiscovered future talent waiting in the wings. Hopefully… he’s talking about the budding artist reading this article right now!
Check out Gabe’s new website as well as his Discogs under Gabriel Rizza for some of his previous works! And check out his company bios and other links below – we’re eagerly looking forward to the next thing he’ll turn his skilled hands to!