Gabi Schwartzberger and Tony Kundicevic are Chill Factor … a dynamic duo whose musical versatility will provide a vibrant backdrop to your next event or party!
Tony and Gabi, could you both please describe your musical background, and where you learnt to play/sing?
Tony: I was inspired by great bands in the ‘80s and started playing guitar at school and received professional tuition. I was mainly self-taught and played in my school band at Wauchope High.
For the past 20 years I’ve played with local bands such as Slip Reaction, Short Stories, winning battle of the bands at the Hoey Moey Hotel and supported touring bands such as Jimmy Barnes/Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and Angels.
Gabi: I’ve always loved singing since a young age and joined a school band. I started singing in a professional covers band at the age of 21 and kept singing covers for over 12 years with Sydney bands such as Australian Blues Bros Show, Chart Busters, Sax Appeal, Tequila Sunrise and What you Need INXS show.
I had vocal coaching in order to maintain my voice, so I could sing for four hours straight in smokey pubs.
How did your duo, Chill Factor, come about … and where did you both come up with the name?
Gabi: Tony and I met at a band rehearsal and pretty much realised we had a connection straight away. We wanted to put together a four piece band and realised that other musicians were a little unreliable, and we sounded better as a duo.
Therefore, we decided to buy our equipment and started learning a heap of songs that we thought would appeal to most people. Our plan was to keep our music upbeat, with lots of dance songs that other bands don’t play and be a little different.
Tony: The hardest part was to come up with the name, but Gabi thought of X-Factor and a voice that gives you chills, therefore Chill Factor came about. We started playing our first gig in November 2015 and since then have established a good relationship with 18 venues.
What instruments do you both play as a part of Chill Factor?
Tony – Lead guitar and backing vocals.
Gabi – percussion and lead vocals.
What types of music do you like to perform – and why?
Tony: We love playing soul/disco funky type of music and pub rock. Gabi is a soul singer and loves singing dance music such as I Will Survive, I Love the Nightlife, Dancing Queen, but also loves to rock out and put on a different hat with bands like Baby Animals, Bon Jovi, Chisel, INXS and many more.
Gabi: We understand that some crowds like listening to country rock, and we
play some of this too. We regard music
as a “Feel Good” medicine, and we love providing a positive, happy atmosphere and sharing that with the people at the venue.
A few patrons come up and say that they are feeling down, but after our gig we picked them back up. That’s why we do this… to make people happy and for our own musical satisfaction.
What are some of your regular gigs … and where can we catch you playing over the next few months?
Tony: We have a regular gig at the following venues: Riverview Tavern Telepoint, Telepoint Sports and Recreation, Harrigan’s Irish Pub at Harrington, Settler’s Inn, Port City, Panthers, Bago Tavern, South West Rocks Country Club, Laurieton Hotel, Beechwood Cafe, Waters Edge, Kempsey Heights and RSL.
You’re also available to play at functions such as end of year parties, weddings, formals etc., although I understand your calendar is filling quickly! What do you feel sets your duo apart from other local entertainers?
Gabi: We would love to acquire function/party or wedding gigs. We will aim to please and discuss your needs. We believe there is great local talent and every act is different than the other. We play what we think people might enjoy dancing or partying to and cater for all age groups.
I’m a powerful singer, and Tony is a very skilled guitarist. We have a good sound system with a full light show. Our fees are very reasonable.
How do we contact you, or find out more about you?
Tony: Please find us on Facebook under Chill Factor. We have live videos of crowds in different venues enjoying our music. Contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tony on 0477 221 771.
Interview by Jo Robinson.
Photo credit Lindsay Moller.