composer, songwriter, producer

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I compose music for film and television, write songs and play a wide range of eclectic instruments.  Have a listen and drop a line.

Film and TV Projects

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Star Darlings

STAR DARLINGS (Original Score Series)

Disney Channel/Disney Publishing Worldwide

Original Score by Gabriel Hays

Based on the popular ‘Star Darlings’ book series by Shana and Ahmet Zappa, the series follows the adventures of 12 “Star-Charmed” girls. The music is an exciting hybrid of modern pop, atmospheric synths and cinematic adventures.

 

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Palace Pets

Palace Pets

Disney Channel/Disney Jr./Disney Publishing Worldwide

Original Score: Brad Breeck and Gabriel Hays

The kingdom of Whisker Haven lies in a secret realm, somewhere deep in the fairytale space between the palaces of the Princesses. The score is inspired by the classic orchestral Disney scores of all of the Princesses.

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7 Deadly Sins

7 Deadly Sins

Director: Morgan Spurlock

Showtime

Theme Music: Gabriel Hays

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Half the Sky

Half the Sky
Director: Maro Chermayeff
PBS
Additional Music: Gabriel Hays


If you can, take a moment to learn more about the show.

Half the Sky Movement

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A Path Appears

A Path Appears
Additional Music: Gabriel Hays
Follow-up to Half the Sky.

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Randy Cunningham

Disney

Additional Music: Gabriel Hays

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Julius Styles (VG)

In collaboration with the other members of Studio Closh I helped create the soundtrack to Wesley Snipes’ iOS action game; Julius Styles: The International. Created by Lapland studios in Finland, Julius Styles features compelling puzzles that drive this secret agent adventure. Available now for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

 

 

 

 

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  • Star Darlings

    Star Darlings

  • Palace Pets

    Palace Pets

  • 7 Deadly Sins

    7 Deadly Sins

  • Half the Sky

    Half the Sky

  • A Path Appears

    A Path Appears

  • Randy Cunningham

    Randy Cunningham

  • Julius Styles (VG)

    Julius Styles (VG)

Music

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Shortwave Sunshine

Shortwave Sunshine is my songwriting moniker. Just started the push to finish a very different second album that is tentatively titled Comfort in Your Sadness. Hope to release it later in 2015 or early 2016.

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Hearing Gabriel Hays, the genial frontman of New York-based rockers Shortwave Sunshine, deliver the surreal, oddly infectious chorus to “Your Car is on Fire” or the sweetly mellow keyboard line and vocal melody of “The Breakers,” he seems like a natural bandleader. But like Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Dr. John, Hays’ musical background includes years spent as a sideman.

“I had been playing in several projects (Akoya, The Batterie, Mieka Pauley) as a keyboardist and sometimes co-songwriter,” states Hays. “But I realized I wanted to do the kind of album that wasn’t going to happen with the other projects I was playing with. From there I began writing demos…trying out my singing voice. When I realized I had enough material to start playing out, I started recruiting some of my favorite musicians to play with. I knew right away that I’d love to have Naren Rauch on guitar and Nikhil Yerawadekar on bass. Their sensibility was similar to mine (we all loved the Beatles) yet all had varied backgrounds.”

“After doing some shows in Summer and Fall of 2008 we started to develop those demos towards a sound that was a natural mesh of everyone’s playing,” continues Hays. “They felt natural. We brought Mike Riddleberger in on drums in December 2008 and knew right away it was a great fit. We’d played with a few other great and in demand NYC drummers but with Mike, his vibe and feel fit the music perfectly.”

Shortwave Sunshine’s newest release, The Breakers, makes good on the band’s Beatles influence with the kind of sharp but easygoing melodies and ambitious arrangements of the Fab Four’s later albums. From the hypnotic “Lost in New York” to the start-stop riffage of “Save $” and the noisy breakdown of the title track, The Breakers is a sonic mini-adventure that brandishes a relatively bright outlook and tight performances that can be attributed in part to the album’s “live” recording process, completed almost entirely in two days at the Bunker with engineer Aaron Nevezie.

Shortwave Sunshine celebrated the album’s release with a performance at the Living Room in Manhattan, and the band is currently slated to play Spike Hill on August 14th. While The Breakers captures the band’s tunefulness and musical chops, Shortwave Sunshine’s chemistry is best viewed from the stage, where the band embodies the musical capabilities and unironic outlook that is lacking in Brooklyn’s populous indie rock scene. Most of Shortwave Sunshine’s contemporaries could learn much Hays’ enjoyment of performing and of life in general. “I recommend everyone take a week off from Facebook, Twitter, Four-square, etc.” states Hays. “It’ll make you feel good.”

-Examiner.com

Featuring members from: Antibalas, Tamarama, Akoya, Quintus, King Expressers and Ravens & Chimes.

 

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Emusic

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Jack Quartet

 

A Mighty Trickle (echoes) explores how the ping pong of delay and echo effects alter our perception of texture, melody and rhythm. Performed by the Jack Quartet on May 1st, 2011 at Loewe Theatre, New York University

 

  • Film and TV Reel

    Film and TV Reel

  • Shortwave Sunshine

    Shortwave Sunshine

  • Jack Quartet

    Jack Quartet

Ads and Promos

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REESE’S – Marvels Avengers


Bangworld studios.

LENOVO

 

with Bill Markt at Jingle Punks

 

TOYOTA RAV4

Studio Closh

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Trailers

I was pleased to work on the music for the trailer for this poignant and uplifting film. It features music by me as well as from the film.

 

I contributed music to the trailer for ‘How he Fell in Love’

“From Nowhere”

http://www.visitfilms.com/film.asp?movieID=1567

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About

As an only child growing up in Santa Fe, NM, Gabriel was always drawn to stories, movies, games and places where his imagination could run wild. He studied music, visual art, theatre, anything he could. It wasn’t until his high school drama teacher asked him to write an original score for Tom Stoppard’s Dogg’s Hamlet Cahoot’s Macbeth that he first realized that his medium for telling stories could be scoring.

With a style that draws equally upon years of producing and performing with amazing bands in Brooklyn as well as his time studying the master composers of old, Gabriel is not afraid to bring together disparate disciplines in search of something new.

Now living in Los Angeles, he recently composed the music for Disney’s Star Darlings with the second season coming out this fall. He’s also written for and contributed to numerous films and shows on FOX, ABC, NBC, Disney, Disney XD, MTV, Showtime, PBS, TNT, Bravo, History and others.

Gabriel keeps his songwriting flame alive under the moniker of Shortwave Sunshine. He is currently working on a follow-up to the successful debut ep ‘The Breakers’.

In his free-time, Gabriel enjoys exploring the coast of California with his wife Holly and their two daughters Sadie and Gemma.

He has a BM from Denver’s Lamont School of Music and an MFA in composition from NYU.

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Contact

gabehays AT gmail dot com