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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gianni Paci

Long before he was legal, Gianni Paci was sharing the stage with rock stars like Ace Frehley of Kiss, Steven Adler of Guns N Roses and the late Mike Starr of Alice In Chains. He’s been in the studio with the likes of Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Gwen Stefani), Jon Anderson (Yes, King Crimson) and Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai). Gianni even toured with the infamous Butthole Surfers, earning a dedicated spot on their live album, “Live At The Forum London,” as the band sings “Happy Birthday” to him in front of that sold-out crowd.

Photo: Ryan Jay

Having performed at music festivals like Austin City Limits in Texas, Zappanale in Germany and Musikfest in Pennsylvania, Gianni learned the ropes while in the ring, honing his craft in front of audiences far and wide. Songwriting was a talent that sprouted even earlier, as he wrote his first original piece of music at the tender age of eight. “It just seemed to pour out of me so naturally,” Gianni recalls, reflecting on his propensity towards poetically simple songs that are as alluring in their charm as they are surprising in their depth.

Gianni released two full-length albums of original material under his old pseudonym, The Pine Hollows. This work landed Gianni on the cover of Performer Magazine and helped him to establish a considerable presence in the NYC music scene.

An online feature at Tiger Beat labeled him “The Cutest Boy You’re Not Crushing On Yet,” claiming, “[Gianni] will be bursting onto the mainstream music scene soon,” while Darryl Norrell of Aquarian Weekly wrote, "Gianni’s been likened to Buddy Holly and it’s appropriate, not in the timbre of his voice but in the mannerisms and the writing, airy and innocently heart-on-sleeve.”

His first solo release, “Walking Through A Movie Scene” [EP], ups the ante, as each analog-tracked song is accompanied by a visual vignette. The cover photo was shot by up-and-coming photographer Ryan Jay, and is an homage to an early David LaChapelle work. Blackbook Magazine premiered the video for second single, “Too Good To Be True,” writing, “we’re kind of obsessed.”

Photo: Gianni Paci

This Led Zeppelin cover was performed live at Glen Cove Downtown Sounds last August, where Gianni Paci opened for The Lords of 52nd St., Billy Joel’s original backing band. “It was thrilling to partake in the living history of that show,” Gianni says, where those fabled 70’s studio musicians reunited in their own backyard.

​Gianni's raw and spirited take on “Rock and Roll” channels the essence of Robert Plantand Jimmy Page, two rock legends he adores. “I cut my teeth learning that catalog of music, and was having the time of my life singing and playing guitar that night,” he muses. Much like the widely circulated bootlegs from Zeppelin’s heyday, this lo-fi audience recording of Gianni’s rendition mirrors that vintage, “had-to-be-there” vibe. And the smoky, psychedelic animated video accompaniment, featuring what live footage of the performance exists, only deepens that classic-LP aura.

Photo: Gianni Paci
Recent Press:

5. February 8, 2017 - Atwood Magazine, Video Premiere.
4. October 31, 2016 - Impose Magazine, Video Premiere.
3. August 10, 2016 - Performer Magazine, Video Premiere.
2. May 2, 2016 - Pancakes And Whiskey, Video Premiere.
1. February 8, 2016 - Baeble Music, Video Premiere.

​“Smoked The Wrong Stuff” is now available @ giannipaci.com.
4 songs + 4 music videos. Limited edition of 1,000.

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Gianni has chose us to premiere his video for 'Rock and Roll'. A fun, animated video backed with his performance of the Led Zeppelin classic. It's bright, entertaining and showcases Mr. Paci's talent, not only as a vocalist, but also as a guitarist. The video is produced, directed and edited by Gianni himself.

The performance is from August 12, 2016, at Glen Cove Downtown Sounds. 

We would like to thank Gianni for sharing his words, music and video with all of our members.
An amazing talent, with only the brightest future in the music world. All the best wishes!!

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