Jaskowiak is a junior in the Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA) program. He recently accomplished something many musicians only dream of– he released his debut album, In the Morning, which he independently wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed in the university’s recording studio.
“The album was a labor of love that I started while I was still in high school,” said Jaskowiak, who goes by the stage name of Gabriel Reid. “During the last few years, I wrote and re-wrote tracks until I had enough material for an album.”Jaskowiak, who describes his music as acoustic and indie rock with a Dave Matthews Band feel, worked with Chicago area musicians to produce his album, including singer-songwriter Natalie Ivnik on vocals, drummer/keyboardist/composer Larry Ortega on drums, and internationally renowned harmonica player Joe Filisko.
“The professional recording studio that USF makes available to students in the DARA program made it easy to produce this album,” said Jaskowiak. “It’s accessible and well-equipped, and in addition, the recording faculty provided their expertise, which was really valuable.”
Jaskowiak enjoys producing music, but he enjoys performing it more. While he plays local gigs such as coffee shops and bars, he hopes he will be able to perform for a living.
“Learning the music production-side of things has made me a better songwriter and live performer because I look at things from a different perspective,” he said. “I have enjoyed my six semesters at USF, and have been exposed to a great community of musicians. I can’t wait to see where my final year at USF will lead me.”
Jaskowiak’s album is available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon.com. It can also be downloaded from his Web site, gabrielreidmusic.com.