Gabe Rosales is a Mexican renaissance man hailing from a small predominantly Chicano town called San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. He began is music and artistic exploration at a young age inspired by his parents who played Chicano folklorico on nylon string guitars when he was a child. 1980's MTV music videos from "Head Bangers Ball" to "Yo MTV Raps" influenced Gabe to record himself on the family's cassette tape deck to pass time.
At age 10 Rosales developed a taste for the macabre when he asked his mother to start reading him the disturbing writing of Edgar Allen Poe for bedtime stories. Being exposed to such graphic brutality such as "The Tell Tale Heart", and poems like "The Raven" at such a young age began molding his thoughts. These literary inspirations also aided his vocabulary in developing his own writing as well as it fueled a growing fascination with the occult, the supernatural and darker aspects of life. He spent much of his free time in elementary school writing, completing 40 page stories when he was only in 4th grade.
Gabe's family split in 1986 and in 1990 at the age of 12, Gabe moved with his mother to the city of Santa Cruz, Northern California. He became heavily involved in theater productions being cast in the lead role through the majority of his junior high schooling. He took the position of the lead singer of a death metal band at age 14 using his writing and lyrics as the catalyst. It was this experience that called for him to pick up the bass guitar to complete the band. Within 6 months Gabe was gigging and taking bass solos. Along with this new found love, Gabe began lifting weights and training regularly along with experimenting in his first form of meditation.
In his budding adolescence Gabe's relationship with his mother grew turbulent and he returned back to Southern California to live with his father in Laguna Beach. At age 15 Gabe found himself practicing bass guitar rigorously 12-16 hours a day for months during the summer. With sporadic bass lessons and 5 years of "formal" self teaching, he increased his musical tastes from his old love of death metal, bands like Deicide and Suffocation, to a diversity of artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Weather Report and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. This helped to hone his skills in a wide arena of music from the "out" jazz of Art Tatum and Coltrane to the repetitive groove oriented funk and R&B of Cameo and Zap. Eventually these long hours of diligence would prepare him for the myriad of top name music artists he would soon work with.
During his high school career the young Chicano's talents flourished. From being the 1st freshman in Laguna Beach High School's history to have the lead role in an award winning comedy production to gigging regularly at high school functions the young artist worked at developing a strong sense of self expression and a warped sense of humor. By his senior year he had taken part in numerous theater productions, played in 7 different bands and thrived in an advanced placement art class where he began receiving college credit for his art work. With his assorted art pieces being showcased at the local college, Gabe had a plethora of options to pursue for his future career. Music began playing a more prominent part as he began seriously studying theory on his own from university tonal harmony text books and the time he spent drawing eventually got taken up by rigorous rehearsal schedules and instrument practicing.
At this time he crossed paths with session, touring, and production legend, Paul Pesco. Paul took Gabe under his wing and began showing him "the ropes" of the music industry as well as introducing him to a book that would send him on a path deeper into eastern thought, the Zen Guitar book. This also sparked an interest in quantum physics and the order of all things which included the human experience. This new found interest made its way into his poetry-turned-hip hop lyrics making a full circle from the raps he used to write when he was ten years old.
Just a year after graduating high school Gabe landed a voice on guitar hero George Lynch's eclectic 1999 release, "Smoke This". A three month tour followed the release. With new endorsements with ESP guitars, Dean Markley strings and Hughes and Kettner bass amplification systems, Gabe began living his dream at age 19, a few years younger than George Lynch's son. After the chaotic lifestyle of the hard rocking 1999 US tour which included excessive alcohol consumption, Rosales returned home where his closest friends recognized and worried about his destructive, indulgent lifestyle. Gabe went on a spiritual search and attended a 10 day Buddhist Vipassana meditation course, where he took a mandatory oath of silence for the courses entirety of 10 days. This experience changed his views on his existence drastically. A deeper sense of universal understanding vanquished the young artist. An inner peace enveloped Gabe's life and everyone noticed it when he returned.
From 2000 to 2005, the Southern California native landed other high profile gigs and tours in the Los Angeles music scene through networking and word of mouth. These performances ranged from hard rock bands like Lynch Mob, pop megastars Jennifer Lopez and Christina Milian, to fusion legends such as Prashant Aswani and Joey Heredia, Gabe graced stages from country to country, continent to continent.
Even with his growing resume and promising future, alcohol and drug consumption crept back into Gabe's life which led him on a deathly destructive path. From drug dealing and preventable health issues due to excessive alcohol consumption, this volatile Mexican found himself incarcerated several times and in 2007 he was finally convicted on multiple violent crimes and was facing substantial jail time. The sentence was reduced from years to months when he took a plea as both offenses were "wobblers" in California. This was the first real experience Gabe had navigating through the United States justice system as a criminal. For these months behind bars he observed the sub culture of jail life and drew from it inspiration for his future work. The different phases of emotions fed concepts and stories about doing time which he in turn focused back into his craft. Rosales wrote sheet music, lyrics and vigorously worked out to pass the time productively. He sympathized with the trials and tribulations of the dominant Mexican race in the facility and was even asked to hold a position for the gang he was affiliated with. At this time in California a gang war broke out in the streets which was mirrored in all correctional facilities. Gabe was faced with the choice of participating in the rioting which would guarantee an extended sentence or stepping down and facing the possibility of deadly consequences as a disgrace to his gang. The facility was immediately put on emergency lockdown a week before he was released which resulted in the longest lockdown in Orange County jail history. He was pepper sprayed and kept confined to his cube for days but soon he was released with no extension.
This experience drastically altered Gabe's view on society and the law. He became inspired to put his efforts towards helping the local community and bring awareness to various injustices. There became new meaning to his life and the appeal of playing with commercial pop acts contributing to shallow consumerist culture seemed frivolous and almost a crime in itself. Gabe's addictive personality proved that there was no room for any more substances in his life. His first hand experience of the level of addicts in jail reinforced his drive to rise above all substances. He took a vow of complete sobriety in early 2007 and has maintained it since. This sober road gave him the strength to start secular recovery groups online and locally.
In 2010 a thirst for knowledge and growth fueled Gabe's return back to school for a formal education majoring in anthropology and philosophy; his new inspirations including new friend Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine with a Political Science bachelor's degree from Harvard and Bad Religion's front man Greg Graffin with a Phd in Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. This education brought Gabe's lyric writing, knowledge, public speaking, determination, and legitimacy as a scholar to a whole new level.
Working as a solo artist, musician, dedicated teacher, activist, and leader, Gabe proudly accepted the honor of passing on his music knowledge to many hungry individuals. With over 14 years of teaching experience as well as earning street credit along the way, Rosales continues to cater to each student's needs with awareness and encouragement. Using a zen based philosophy, he has cultivated mindfulness, technique and heart.
At age 29, he finally harnessed his skills to release his first explosive album entitled "Vital Nonsense" that encompassed all the styles of music that he had grown to love. This album release served as the foundation for his band "VNON" that is comprised of high profile professional musicians who have dedicated their talents to raise money for children's charities and social justice issues. "Vital Nonsense" can be downloaded FREE on the music page of this site.
Gabe is the Southwest Regional Manager of the international hip hop culture organization the Universal Zulu Nation and he has dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico. In 2010 Gabe became a proud member of the Anti-Injustice Movement known as The AIM Clika. He is now the West Coast General of the A.I.M. as well as an official Guerrilla Republik head on the West Coast and Real Hip Hop Forever affiliate. He is a founding member of the science education secular artist collective Grand Unified and he is also a member of the international hip hop collective Los Animales. In 2013 Gabe became affiliated with the American Indian Movement through the activist band Shadowtrain and he is an avid supporter of the EZLN movement. He has built a secular sober community online and is a fervent promoter of the SXE Straight Edge lifestyle. He was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was recognized on the Dean's list for academic achievement at Saddleback Community College earning an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies 2010 - 2015. He began the Criminology Law and Society program at the University of California Irvine in 2015 and is currently working towards a Bachelor's degree as well as a substance abuse counseling certification. At UCI Gabe is a founding member of Student's For Sensible Drug Policy and is the Director of Communications of the UCI Blum Center as a Poverty Alleviation Student Ambassador. He is the recipient of the Fudge Family Scholarship and is on the Clemency Project law team to petition for non violent drug offender's release from life sentences in prison.
"I have toured on a private plane over Europe. I have done drugs in a room by myself for days. I have cleaned toilets and been pepper sprayed in jail during the worse race riots in OC jail history. I have meditated in silence 16 hours a day for weeks in the mountains of California. I have been cornered on the streets of Los Angeles by thousands of riot police with the Occupy LA movement. I have marched with the American Indian Movement to the Jumping Bull house for the first official Leonard Peltier day in South Dakota. I have been lucky enough to see my writing published. I have had the honor of working with the BEST musicians on the planet. The meaning of life is to give life meaning, so use your time wisely. I am just getting started." - Gabe Rosales
Jimi E and the Moral Groove (winner of the 2008 “best R&B” act in Orange County for the O.C. Music Awards)
Prashant Aswani Trio
Joey Heredia (Tribal Tech)
Listen (winner of the 2006 “best hard rock” band in Orange County for the O.C. Music Awards)
Paul Pesco ( Hall and Oates, Mary J Blige, Madonna )
Sen Dog (Cypress Hill)
Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls)
Tilo (Methods Of Mayhem)
Nick Hernandez (Common Sense)
Bert Baker (Pharcyde, Chase Allen)
Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction)
Peter Michael Escovedo (Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey)
Darrel Diaz (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters)
Robin Davey's Blues Mob (5 Time British Blues Award Winner)
Andy Summers (The Police)
Jose Pasillas II (Incubus)
Jason Freese (Greenday)
Jara Harris (Slapbak)
Eye of the Nine
Lynch Mob US tour 1998-1999
Tim James Columbia Road Show 1999
Jennifer Lopez European Promo Tour 2000
Christina Milian Japan Promo Tour 2003
Sheena Easton Malaysia Tour 2005
Shadownation Documentary Filming Native Reservation Trip 2013
Dean Markley Strings
Seymour Duncan Pickups
Tone Tubby Amplification