Gabe Saporta

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Gabe Saporta
Saporta in April 2011
Background information
Birth name Gabriel Eduardo Saporta
Born 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 in 1979) is an American musician. Through late 2015, he was the lead singer and primary creative force behind the synthpop band Cobra Starship. On November 10, 2015, Cobra Starship officially announced its dissolution.[1] Prior to Cobra Starship, Saporta had been the lead singer, bassist, and lyricist for the pop punk band Midtown.

Over ten years, Cobra Starship produced four albums and two Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles. The band released its second album ¡Viva La Cobra! on October 23, 2007. Their third album, Hot Mess, was released on August 11, 2009. Their fourth and final album, "Night Shades" was released on August 30, 2011 in the US and October 28, 2011 in the UK.

Early life[edit]

Gabe Saporta was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. When he was four years old, his parents moved to New York City.[2] Saporta's father, Diego Saporta, studied medicine and became a physician in Montevideo. 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. As a result, he undertook his medical training for a second time in the United States.

Gabe Saporta developed an interest in music at an early age; this had crystallized by the time he was eight years old. In the late 1970s, Saporta's family moved to the New Jersey suburb of Springfield, New Jersey.[2][3] Saporta attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in nearby Cranford, New Jersey.[4][5] Saporta was greatly influenced by hip hop music and later discovered an affinity towards punk and hardcore punk, listening to bands such as Gorilla Biscuits, NOFX and Lagwagon. These bands influenced him greatly, and as a teenager, he adopted a straight edge lifestyle.[6]

Of his teenage years, Saporta recalled, "I was pretty much just as obnoxious as I am now, but louder. I went against the grain a little bit, and you always get in trouble when you do that...Teachers hated me."[6] He and his friends formed a band and performed locally.[2] The concerts grew in popularity in his small town, until about 500 people would attend each week. Saporta then joined another band, Humble Beginnings. Saporta attended Rutgers University, where he majored in philosophy.[2]


Saporta and 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.

In his musical career, Saporta attracted widespread attention as a vocalist, lyricist and bassist in the band Midtown. 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 disbanded in 2005, but were still followed and well-regarded afterwards.

In 2005, following a trip to Northern Arizona, Saporta formed Cobra Starship. While in Arizona, Saporta spent time with Native American tribes.[2] It was then that he began to create his vision for a new band, a melodic style of music heavily influenced by synthpop and hip-hop.[2] Upon returning home, Saporta rented a house in the Catskill Mountains and began writing what would become the band's debut album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets. He posted a parody response to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" titled "Hollaback Boy" on Myspace. The song gained Saporta notoriety on the internet and he eventually signed to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's label, Decaydance Records.[7] (now DCD2 Records).

Midtown's management company soon set Saporta up with an opportunity to record a song for the soundtrack to the 2006 Snakes on a Plane. Along with members of The Academy Is..., Gym Class Heroes, and The Sounds, Saporta recorded "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)", which became a minor hit.[8] During the recording of While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets, Saporta began recruiting new members to complete the group's lineup. He first enlisted drummer Nate Novarro, whom he met on tour while Novarro sold merchandise for fellow touring act Hidden in Plain View.[2] After seeing Saporta in Entertainment Weekly, guitarist Ryland Blackinton and bassist Alex Suarez, who lived in the same apartment building as Midtown drummer Rob Hitt, emailed Saporta asking to join the group. They were later replaced by Andy Barr[disambiguation needed] and Eric Halvorsen, respectively. The lineup was completed by keytarist Elisa Schwartz, who was later replaced by Victoria Asher.[9]

The official line-up of Cobra Starship is Gabe Saporta, Victoria Asher, Nate Novarro, Eric Halvorsen, and Andy Barr[disambiguation needed]. Victoria Asher replaced the group's original keytarist, Elisa Schwartz. After Alex Suarez' and Ryland Blackinton's departure from the band in 2014, Eric Halvorsen and Andy Barr were recruited as bassist and guitarist.

The group's second album, ¡Viva La Cobra!, was released on October 23, 2007. The album includes the hit song "Guilty Pleasure" (the video budget was spent on a sports car for the group so they made a 'home edition' video).

The third Cobra Starship studio album, titled Hot Mess, was released on August 11, 2009. The album includes the band's hit song "Good Girls Go Bad," which also features vocals by Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester, which was released digitally on May 11, 2009.

On October 22, 2009, Gabe Saporta and Cobra Starship participated in Victoria's Secret's PINK Nation B-Town Bash, a charity concert event held in Bloomington, Indiana, which also featured DJ Girl Talk. The event benefited Middle Way House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Indiana University was selected to host the event after its students successfully competed against teams of students from five other institutions, during the Summer of 2009. The event raised $5,000 for Middle Way House.[10]

On June 5, 2010 Gabe Saporta appeared on MTV's When I Was 17, in which he discussed his lifestyle as a teenager. He made his acting debut in the finale of Gossip Girl's season 5.[11] 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. Saporta submitted his face for the "Faces of Mars" event for Thirty Seconds to Mars, and is now featured on one of the many different album covers of their third album This Is War.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Saporta has three siblings: Ricardo, Sarah and Erik. He is a vegetarian and a member of PETA.[13]

In May 2013, Saporta and Erin Fetherston married[citation needed]. Fetherston, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a successful fashion designer[citation needed].

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 [14]
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. ^ "Cobra Starship Breaks Up; Gabe Saporta Explains What's Next". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Manley, Brendan (2008-06-03). "Fangs for the Memories" (PDF). Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  3. ^ Lustig, Jay. "Cobra Starship flies with 'Snakes on a Plane'.", The Star-Ledger, December 15, 2006. "With his new band, Cobra Starship, former Springfield resident Gabe Saporta was able to get one of his songs accepted for the soundtrack of the movie Snakes on a Plane."
  4. ^ Jamieson, Daniel (2008-04-27). "Amateur Night at the Apollo". Organised Sound. Organised Sound, Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b Montgomery, James (2010-06-02). "Gabe Saporta Recalls Patriotic Make-Out Session On 'When I Was 17'". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  7. ^ Montgomery, James (July 27, 2006). "Cobra Starship Owe Success To Talking Snake From The Future". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Montgomery, James (January 26, 2007). "Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta Speaks Out After Keytar Kerfuffle". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Benson, Alex (2009-10-25). "Victoria’s Secret to pay Dunn Meadow repairs". Indiana Daily Student. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  11. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (May 1, 2012). "'Gossip Girl': Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta for season finale". Digital Spy. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ Montgomery, James (2009-10-13). "30 Seconds To Mars' Album Cover Art Includes Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta". MTV Newsroom. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  13. ^ Trostle, Patricia (2008-02-25). "The 2008 World's Sexiest Vegetarians Are...". Vibe Media Group. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  14. ^ "Hey There Ophelia (featuring Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship and Brett Anderson of the Donnas)". Retrieved 2011-07-21. 

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