The Starbucks Prank Guy is Back

By Julia Wallace

We first featured Toronto musician Gavin Slate back in 2012, when he played a cool prank on Starbucks. A gifted songwriter, Slate has spent most of the last three years bounced back and forth between Toronto and Nashville, where he’s written songs for major label artists across all genres from country to pop to hip-hop.  

He’s still working on his own material, too, and has will be releasing a series of self-produced singles over the course of the year. The first of the batch is called “Hold You Close,” which is available on iTunes now. The single was also accompanied by this haunting video, directed and edited by Amherstburg, Ontario native Gavin Michael Booth, who happens to be the dude behind “The Scarehouse,” which took home Best Picture at the NYC Horror Film Festival last year.

Keep your eyes on these talented Gavins. Slate, who is hard at work on his next release, will be appearing at the 2015 Tin Pan South Festival in Nashville at the end of the month, Booth has started work on his next film, “King Jimmy.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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