Article by George Booker
Lead photo by Fitz
Spread photos by Tabitha Lopez
Sunny Gicz is a nut. Don’t get it twisted, sister, there’s nothing bad about that. But she is.
That’s not to say she’s not a kind person with a lovely family. Or that she’s not grounded. She’s about as down to earth as a stylist or a musician is. And she’s still very literally a stylist. She cuts at G Patton. The same place Logan Laurent does. That salon already has an embarrassment of unique and transcendent musical seers. And they’re cutting hair there.
So, yes, Sunny is down to earth and she is a very hard worker and she does write lyrics such that when she sings them they feel as if they’ve just always been there, divined from the ether from a place of great wisdom and serenity. Don’t believe for a second that she is not a wacky young woman.
I followed her on Twitter before I even knew she was a musician. Back then, in that medium, it was an engaging window into her bursts of bizarre thought streams. Don’t get her started on bam- boozlers (get her started on bamboozlers). Sunny is not the most even of Stevens. Good thing, too, as her manic inspirations and dogged pursuit of them have yielded VA’s music of tomorrow.
I’m not saying Sunny’s crazy. That would be a bit presumptuous. I do suspect that if she didn’t go ham on the things that matter to her she would be all over the damn place. She does go ham, though. Luck may play a role in her ascendance, I can’t speak to that. I know she’s worked her ass off, though.
Gabe Niles, in contrast to the variability of Sunny’s disposition, seems eerily happy and relaxed most of the time. That may be stranger. Gabe does a lot of things…music, production, what have you. What Gabe is is a DJ. He has the desire to engage and entertain and the sense of how to do it. Sunny does a lot of things. What she is is a musician. Musicians and Djs are good for one another. The message and the medium. The completion of a sentence.
Ultimately, Sunny and Gabe understand each other. They can look at the things the other sees that don’t seem visible. The realization of their success up to this point is because they were both unreasonable enough to think they could do it. And then they did. This perception of the invisible and willingness to work to manifest it is why they will do more. They’re on the same page there.
From the Neptunes to Timbaland to Portsmouth’s other musical treasures Missy Elliot and Swamp Dogg, Virginians see through time and sound to something different that becomes the future. Those that pick up the alien frequencies. That’s what Sunny and Gabe are and why they’re important. Sunny still takes appointments at the the salon. Gabe is still gonna play tunes at my wedding reception. Their destination is something special and unseen. They’re looking at it right now.
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