Introducing Gabe Saporta

You probably know Gabe Saporta for his hit song “You Make Me Feel…, and from his performance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards — but what you probably didn't know is that the lead singer (and lanky hottie) of alternative rock band Cobra Starship is half Latino. The 31-year-old half Spanish singer was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to Jewish parents who immigrated to South America during World War II.

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When he was four, Saporta’s family moved to New York and later to New Jersey. As a teenager, Saporta loved hip-hop and later gravitated towards punk and hardcore rock. In an interview with MTV, the singer said teachers hated him as a teenager. “When I was 17, I was pretty much just as obnoxious as I am now, but louder,” he said. “I went against the grain a little bit, and you always get in trouble when you do that.” Saporta joined several bands before deciding to work on a side project that would blend techno and dance music. The result was Cobra Starship, comprised of members Ryland Blackington (guitarist), Alex Suarez (bassist), Nate Novarro (drummer), and Victoria Asher (keytarist). Since its inception in 2006, the band has released four albums. Its latest is titled Night Shades, which came out this past August. The album’s first single was “You Make Me Feel…” featuring up-and-coming artist Sabi.

Since before its latest album’s release, Cobra Starship has been on a whirlwind of performances, which Saporta admitted in an interview with New York’s Z100 radio station caused him great difficulty. “It just came to the point that we were doing everything so much, so much, so much, that it just became too much for me – sometimes you just need to step away from it for a minute and take a break,” the band frontman said. The slump didn’t cause too much damage to Saporta, however. “It made for great music actually,” he said.

Check out the “You Make Me Feel…” music video below: