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Saporta in September 2012
Background information
Birth nameGabriel Eduardo Saporta
Born (1979-10-11) October 11, 1979 (age 39)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Origin New York City, New York
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1998–present
Labels Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen, Drive-Thru, MCA, Columbia
Associated acts Cobra Starship, Midtown, Humble Beginnings

Gabriel Eduardo "Gabe" Saporta (born October 11, 1979) is an Uruguayan-American musician and entrepreneur. Through late 2015, he was a singer and the primary creative force behind the electronic pop group Cobra Starship. On November 10, 2015, after nearly ten years and two Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits, Saporta announced that the band would stop its work, [1] and that he would be focusing on helping other musicians through his new venture, The Artist Group. Prior to Cobra Starship, Saporta had been the lead singer, bassist, and lyricist for the punk band Midtown.

Uruguayan Americans are Americans of Uruguayan ancestry or birth. The American Community Survey of 2006 estimated the Uruguayan American population to number 50,538, a figure that notably increased a decade later.

Cobra Starship American band

Cobra Starship was an American dance-pop band created by former Midtown bassist and lead vocalist Gabe Saporta in 2006 in New York City, New York. After writing and recording the band's debut album While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets as a solo project, Saporta enlisted guitarist Ryland Blackinton, bassist Alex Suarez, drummer Nate Novarro, and keytarist Victoria Asher, all of whom provide backing vocals.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels and other informal channels.


Early life

Gabe Saporta was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. His family is Jewish; his grandparents and great-grandparents escaped Europe during World War II and settled in Uruguay. [2] When he was four years old, he moved with his parents to New York City. [2] At an early age, Gabe developed a passion for music, which became his escape and salvation from a tumultuous upbringing. Saporta fell in love with music because of its ability to deliver messages and connect people. [1] His first love was hip hop, but soon after he discovered punk rock and started going to shows to see bands such as Gorilla Biscuits, Fugazi and Pavement. [2] It wasn't long before Saporta, along with his brother Ricky, started to put on his own shows and put out his own records. [2]

Montevideo Capital city in Uruguay

Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108 in an area of 201 square kilometres (78 sq mi). The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.

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Gorilla Biscuits New York-based hardcore punk band

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Career beginnings and Midtown (1998–2005)

When he was 16 years old, Saporta "joined his first band-- the appropriately titled Humble Beginnings" as a bass player. While in college at Rutgers University, he started Midtown, a post-emo rock band. As the vocalist, lyricist and bassist in Midtown, Saporta attracted widespread attention. The group released one EP and three LP albums: The Sacrifice of Life , Save the World, Lose the Girl, Living Well is the Best Revenge and Forget What You Know , respectively.

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Midtown (band) band that plays punk rock

Midtown was an American pop punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Midtown was formed in November 1998 by three Rutgers University students, but soon became a quartet. The group released three full-length studio albums and three extended plays before disbanding in 2005. In early 2014, Midtown reunited to play three shows, the first as a secret show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, and the two remaining at the Skate And Surf Festival.

Emo is a rock music genre characterized by an emphasis on emotional expression, sometimes through confessional lyrics. It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement in Washington, D.C., where it was known as emotional hardcore or emocore and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace. In the early–mid 1990s, emo was adopted and reinvented by alternative rock, indie rock and pop punk bands such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbreaker, Weezer and Jimmy Eat World, with Weezer breaking into the mainstream during this time. By the mid-1990s, bands such as Braid, the Promise Ring and the Get Up Kids emerged from the burgeoning Midwest emo scene, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the genre. Meanwhile, screamo, a more aggressive style of emo using screamed vocals, also emerged, pioneered by the San Diego bands Heroin and Antioch Arrow.

Midtown encountered legal troubles with its first label after releasing its second album. [2] It was during this time that Saporta who "was quite the businessman" [2] decided he wanted to understand the music business from the other side and started managing a band named Armor For Sleep. [1] As Armor For Sleep became successful, Saporta made a deal to merge his fledgling company into Crush Management, who would also manage Midtown. [1] Crush later went on to launch Cobra Starship with Saporta.

Armor for Sleep band

Armor for Sleep was an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2009. The final lineup consisted of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Ben Jorgensen, lead guitarist PJ DeCicco, bassist Anthony DiIonno and drummer Nash Breen.

Crush Management is a New York City-based musician management company that manages Skylar Grey, Sia, Green Day, Lorde, Train, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and Travie McCoy/Gym Class Heroes, amongst others. The company was founded by Jonathan Daniel, formerly of Electric Angels and several other glam rock bands, and Bob McLynn, formerly of The Step Kings.

After disbanding, Midtown developed a cult-like following. In response to this renewed interest, Midtown reunited for a secret show in Brooklyn and to headline the Skate & Surf Festival in Asbury Park, NJ in 2014.

Asbury Park, New Jersey City in New Jersey

Asbury Park is a city in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, located on the Jersey Shore and part of the New York City Metropolitan Area.

Cobra Starship (2006–2015)

After Midtown, Gabe Saporta wanted to start a project that was more light-hearted and whose music could incorporate diverse electronic influences. The idea for Cobra Starship came to him during a trip in the Arizona desert in 2005. Gabe produced and recorded the first Cobra album by himself with S*A*M & Sluggo. An early helpful development for Cobra Starship was when Midtown's management company set Saporta up with an opportunity to record a song for the soundtrack to the 2006 action film Snakes on a Plane, which became a minor hit. [3]

S*A*M and Sluggo was the American record production and songwriting team, composed of Sam Hollander and Dave "Sluggo" Katz.

<i>Snakes on a Plane</i> 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis

Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 American action thriller film directed by David R. Ellis and starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was released by New Line Cinema on August 18, 2006, in North America. The film was written by David Dalessandro, John Heffernan, and Sebastian Gutierrez and follows the events of hundreds of snakes being released on a passenger plane in an attempt to kill a trial witness.

By 2007, Cobra Starship was a full band and started touring the country. Cobra's eclectic sound allowed them to tour with acts as diverse as 30 Seconds to Mars, Fall Out Boy and Travie McCoy. They also performed with many electronic acts such as Girl Talk and Kaskade.

From 2006–2014, Cobra Starship released four full-length albums, and scored two double-platinum Top 10 hits ("Good Girls Go Bad" & "You Make Me Feel"), as well as one gold record for "Hot Mess." Their single "Good Girls Go Bad" features guest vocals by Leighton Meester. Coincidentally, Gabe made his acting debut a few years later in the season 5 finale of Gossip Girl. [4]

In 2012, Cobra Starship was the main support for Justin Bieber on his entire South American stadium tour.

T∆G // The Artist Group (2015–present)

On his Beats1 Radio show in November 2015, Gabe Saporta announced that he would no longer be performing or putting out new music. Saporta and business associate Mike Carden have announced the formation of a talent management firm, T∆G // The Artist Group, [5] which is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of 2016. Saporta has explained that now he wants to work behind the scenes and help younger artists see their dreams come true. [1]

Other work

On June 5, 2010 MTV aired an episode of When I Was 17 , which focused on Gabe Saporta and discussed his life as a teenager. Saporta has hosted and been a correspondent for various music-related TV shows including being a presenter at the VMAs, a US correspondent for The EMAs and BBC1, and hosting several countdown shows on Fuse.

In March 2013, Gabe Saporta was featured on "Make It Out This Town," the first single by American rapper Eve's fourth album Lip Lock. In 2015, Gabe started working with Beats1 Radio as on-air talent and show host.

Beyond music, Saporta's other ventures include restaurants, real estate, and fashion. [2]

Personal life

Saporta's father, Diego Saporta, studied medicine and became a physician in Montevideo. [2] Disenchanted with the then-ineffective and somewhat corrupt health care system in Uruguay, among other reasons, the elder Saporta elected to leave the country with his family in the early 1980s. [2] As a result, he undertook his medical training for a second time in the United States. [2] Gabe Saporta has described his father's perseverance as an inspiration.

Saporta attended Rutgers University, where he majored in philosophy and political science. [2] He is a vegan and a member of PETA. [6]

In May 2013, Saporta and Erin Fetherston got married. [7] Fetherston, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a successful fashion designer[ citation needed ]. In March 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a son. [8] [9]

Guest vocals

Gabe Saporta was featured on the songs:

"Up Song"Donots2002Gabe along with the rest of Midtown sing gang vocals
"What a Catch, Donnie" Fall Out Boy 2008Cameo appearance; sings the chorus Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy at the end of the song.
"Crowded Room" The Academy Is... 2008Gabe is part of the yelling in the beginning of the song
"Hey There Ophelia"MC Lars2009 [10]
"Shut Your Mouth"Cisco Adler2010
"What Happens on the Dancefloor" Alexandra Burke 2010
"Make It Out This Town" Eve 2013

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