Gabe Saporta

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Gabe Saporta
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Saporta in September 2012
Background information
Birth name Gabriel Eduardo Saporta
Born (1979-10-11) October 11, 1979 (age 37)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Synthpop, alternative dance, electropunk, dance-pop, pop punk, punk rock, alternative rock
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1998–present
Labels Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen
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, Gabe announced that the band would stop its work,[1] and that he would be focussing 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.

Early life[edit]

Gabe Saporta was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. His family is Jewish; his grandparents and great-grandparents escaped Europe during WWII 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]


Humble beginnings and Midtown[edit]

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.

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.

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.

Cobra Starship[edit]

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]

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 series finale of Gossip Girl.[4]

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

The Artist Group[edit]

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, The Artist Group, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 vegetarian and a member of PETA.[5]

In May 2013, Saporta and Erin Fetherston married.[6] 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 baby boy.[7][8]

Guest vocals[edit]

Gabe Saporta was featured on the songs:

Song Artist Year Notes
Up Song Donots 2002 Gabe along with the rest of Midtown sing gang vocals
What a Catch, Donnie Fall Out Boy 2008 Cameo appearance; sings the chorus Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy at the end of the song.
Crowded Room The Academy Is... 2008 Gabe is part of the yelling in the beginning of the song
Hey There Ophelia MC Lars 2009 [9]
T.I.N.A. Stunnaman 2009
Shut Your Mouth Cisco Adler 2010
What Happens on the Dancefloor Alexandra Burke 2010
Make It Out This Town Eve 2013


  1. ^ a b c d e "Cobra Starship Breaks Up; Gabe Saporta Explains What's Next". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Manley, Brendan (2008-06-03). "Fangs for the Memories" (PDF). Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (July 26, 2006). "Snakes On A Soundtrack — Samuel L. Jackson Film Nabs Fall Out Boy, Panic!, Cee-Lo". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (May 1, 2012). "'Gossip Girl': Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta for season finale". Digital Spy. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Trostle, Patricia (2008-02-25). "The 2008 World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are...". Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  6. ^ ""I got too soft to put out music"—Gabe Saporta dishes on Cobra Starship's future - Features - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Peek Inside Designer Erin Fetherston's New L.A. Home". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Erin Fetherston's New Abode Gets a Bright and Airy Makeover". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Hey There Ophelia (featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship and Brett Anderson of the Donnas)". Retrieved 2011-07-21. 

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