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GIACK BAZZ

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW GIACK BAZZ WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya mate, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Music was never a decision, it has been orbiting me since my childhood; getting closer and closer until it became the only way for me to venture through this human experience. 

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I grew up in a non-musical family that for some reason had an upright piano in the living room. Never tuned, but I could make my melodies skipping some semitones here and there. When my mother passed away I was 9 and I needed a hobby, my father sent me to a guitar course and that Christmas I received my first Squier Stratocaster.

I was never that good at playing guitar, I’ve always considered it to be an instrument and not an extension of my body, as most virtuoso players would say. One afternoon, I must have been 11 or something, I was playing in the garage with two friends, Dado on guitar and Piccio on drums. Now Dado, who was very kind and much more talented than me at guitar, seeing I couldn’t keep up with the jam, suggested I tried singing. Fast forward 19 years to this interview, what a ride!

What was life like for you before music?

Was it ever life before music? I think the usual: chasing lizards, digging up earthworms, wondering why the grass became white after spending a few days under a tile; I was a curious child. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Agnese by Ivan Graziani, as obscure as it gets. I heard it as a child in a movie and I felt like I wanted to express the same feeling for my crush at the time, but it was kindergarten so It would have been difficult.  

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m not sitting through this dramedy, I do not go gentle into that good night. Streaming platforms have enabled the consumers to believe that everything is free, and to quote Gillian Welch “I never minded working hard, it’s who I’m working for”. With my 2019 and 2020 releases I have directly challenged the pro-rata system of the streaming machine, laid the foundation for the fix streaming protest through the Royalty Instrumentality Project whilst donating all the revenue from Impression A.I. (366-song album) to the Music Venue Trust. 

Where am I in the industry? I say who’s asking, because if It starts with “D” and finishes with “aniel Ek”, he can come and get me. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?

Get a manager when you actually need a manager. If you are asking yourself then you don’t need one. 

Also, contracts: Scripta Manet.

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

-If you google Jack White I’m in one of the pictures

-Devendra Banhart asked me to join him on stage and play my song “Rose Tinted Hell”

-I have a tattoo of a sail boat on my chest

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Someone I could actually trust. I have this terrible flaw that makes me believe humans are inherently good, and I fall for it every single time. Jokes aside, a small label could actually help although I’m just another delusion away from founding my own record company and flip the bird to the fat cats.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

I don’t fear cancel culture at all. This is who I am, as unfiltered as it can be, if you don’t like it I trust you have better things to do than troll my posts. If not, I’m sorry for whoever you are. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Conspiracies are boring compared to what the reality of the music industry is. I’m going to leave it at that and anyone reading will want to research, it’s just a click away. Just know that your subscription money doesn’t fuel the artists you listen to. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

Luckily, I haven’t had many bad experiences lately, the one I can recall off the top of my head was with a scammy promoter when I first started gigging in London. Made us play last because the headliner pulled out on the same day and by the time we started playing there were something like five people in the room including bartenders and my partner at the time. Now I organise my own gigs and people actually show up so never give up!

Tell us something about you all that you think people would be surprised about.

Ok bullet points, take notes:

-I don’t use an amp anymore: I go from my JHS Colour Box Into my CBA Generation Loss in a DI. 

Guitarists of the internet, you know where to find me.

-Alle carries his EHX vintage pedals in a gun bag.

-Joe is a very skilled street skateboarder.

-Sebastian’s only sustenance when he tours in the UK is Greggs vegan sausage rolls.

-Salva’s musical background is Progressive Metal.

-Sarah speaks 4 languages, one of which is the Emilian Dialect. 

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

I will quote the most valuable advice I received from Jack Endino: write songs that write themselves, record the songs, play them live until you recoup. Then repeat. That’s something that many artists have forgotten how to do but with the first lawsuit against streaming fraud I’m confident the music industry will have more grounded ideals going forward.

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world? 

Turning Twitter into something derivative? Kudos for space X but you don’t rebrand a perfectly fine machine just to close the gap with the branding of interplanetary missions.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

“The moon is painted” and “funny days” are the first two singles from my new album, no official statement just yet but watch this space (@giackbazz). The first is about the digital age, not at all a conspiracy song: the brushstrokes show at the back of Wilbur mercer, the televised god of Blade Runner. Funny days is a song I wrote in my sleep: I woke up after a week-long exodus driving home after a terrible breakup. I woke up in the comfort of my childhood home humming the verse melody, grabbed my guitar and the rest is history. 

What was the recording process like?

I used to make music with my partner, so for obvious reasons I was afraid the music was done for good. Instead I committed to a studio booking I had done before the ship capsized. I called all my friends from bands I used to play in before I moved to London in 2018. We went to the Groundfloor Studio in Modena and recorded for a whole week. This is now what we call “Studio Therapy”, making music with friends truly sheds the blues away. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Getting back on the wagon after losing my bitter half was the most difficult thing for me. I had to constantly tell myself “you are doing this for yourself”. I am proud of the songs I have written, whatever will happen post-release, I stand by my body of work and I would never pull something from streaming platforms just because of underperformance. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I have five reels of my heart on tape and my friends are in it. It’s my finest work yet and I wouldn’t change a single thing. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Come to the next gig, there’s free cassette tapes for everyone. Love ya!

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