December 16, 2022 BY Jason Currell

Alternative singer-songwriter, Gert Tabernerreleases an emotional single “Functional” via Nettwerk. The Frankfurt-born, Vancouver-based artist also announces his debut EP As Good As You Thought We Might Be.

“I’m beyond excited to announce my debut EP As Good As You Thought We Might Be. My friend and producer Shane Stephenson and I have been working on it for some time now and I can’t wait to have take on lives outside of my computer. Making these songs coincided with some difficult challenges in my personal life and the process provided me with much needed solace. Hopefully they can do the same for you too,” says Gert of his upcoming EP.

Gert’s music is full of passion, emotion, and a rawness that makes you think about life. His vulnerability and ability to articulate his most tragic and heartbreaking experiences pull you into his world, leaving you a little sad, but with a tinge of hope for what’s to come. The same goes for his most recent single “Functional” off his upcoming EP.


 Sometimes people aren’t meant to stick around. Sometimes they choose not to.  One way or another, I think that’s a lesson that we all wind up learning,” says Gert of the meaning behind “Functional”.

He continues, “For me that lesson came in the shape of my dad. He passed two years ago last May. His death hit me hard, though we never had the best relationship in the first place… It took me a lot of time and therapy to realize that I wanted more for myself and being able to advocate for myself is something I’m still learning how to do. This song is my attempt at trying to put those pieces together onto the page.

Raw emotion, grit, perseverance, and a unique outlook on life – these are all the characteristics that define Gert. There’s a lot more to come from this artist on the rise.

About Gert:

Gert Taberner unearths life’s most formative experiences and feelings under a glow of eloquent songcraft, unfiltered lyricism, robust instrumentation, and cinematic production. After generating tens of millions of streams with his debut Fallen EP in 2016, the Frankfurt-born and Vancouver-based singer, songwriter, and producer chronicles an often-unbelievable season of life on his upcoming music, speaking straight from the heart.

Life took a series of unexpected twists and turns. His father passed away from lung cancer in May 2020. A year later, his mother also faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, but Gert promised: “not to miss chemo treatments or anything.” Alongside his sister, he devoted himself entirely to his mom’s care 24/7 until she, unfortunately, succumbed to the disease in 2022. 

“The process behind this record was hard, but it was really soothing,” he concludes. “It’s traumatically dark, but there’s also a certain lightness to accepting that things are out of your control. I’m trying to create a space for reflection. I just hope you know I was being as honest as I could be.”