I'm Yogev Gabay, a drummer from Israel.
I love music. I have loved music since I was a foot high.
More than that, I love drumming. For me, it's the best thing in the world.
I was born January 7th in Be'er Sheva, Israel. My home, where I grew up, was filled with music all the time. Between my father's love for rock n' roll and my mother's love for folk and dancing music, my childhood soundtrack had a wide range of sounds and colors. From Deep Purple, Kansas, Dio, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Rainbow, Boston and Black Sabbath to Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jim Croce, Stevie Wonder, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and James Taylor.
These were soon joined by my older brother's love for Metal, and my younger brother's love for anything that grooves, I was surrounded by lots of styles.
As a teenager, I started playing rock and metal more and more, and I was in several bands with some friends of mine. I joined the Be'er Sheva youth orchestra when I was 15 and played with them throughout high school.
When I turned 18, I joined the IDF orchestra for 3 years. There I had the good fortune to perform with many outstanding musicians, and most of the best musicians I play with today, I met during the army.
Meeting and playing with so many different people, exposed me to a whole new world of music that I had not encountered before. I started listening to jazz, hip-hop, funk, electronic music and classical music.
During that time, I was also playing in a progressive metal band called "Systema-Teleion".
Recording an album with this group had a big impact on me.
I discovered a love for recording and since then, I try to get myself into the studio as often I can. I absolutely love recording sessions.
After the army, I began my studies at Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. I joined the "Jazz Institute", a program created by a great pianist, Berklee College of Music alumni, and a good friend, Ronen Shumeli.
My studies in this program turned my playing upside down. I got into modern Jazz, R&B and soul music, and my drumming and musicianship improved significantly. I toured the East Coast of the U.S.A with a gruop of students from the program and performed with them all over Israel.
After finishing my studies at Rimon, I continued on to Berklee College of Music in Boston, to finish my degree. At Berklee I was exposed to many different cultures and music through the students I met and played with.
At present, among many other projects, I play in a band called "Distorted Harmony". We play progressive metal and our first album "Utopia" was released in 2012 (you can find everything about us at www.distortedharmony.com). This band has stretched the limits of my creativity to the utmost. We released our 2nd album, "Chain Reaction", on July 9th, 2014, and are currently working on our third.
I've been lucky enough to take part in many other projects. Most of them are presented in the "MY WORK" page.
Rock N' Roll!