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. He’s even had the privilege of performing at CBGB’s, the sorely missed punk rock landmark on Joey Ramone Place. Songwriting was a talent that sprouted even earlier, as Gianni wrote his first original piece of music at the tender age of eight. “It just seemed to pour out of me so naturally,” he recalls, reflecting on his propensity towards poetically simple songs that are as alluring in their charm as they are surprising in their depth.
“It’s Always A Perfect Journey” premiered Thursday, March 1 at Glide Magazine and was also featured at Veracious Magazine.
Discussing the song in an interview a couple of months ago, Gianni called “It’s Always A Perfect Journey” a “special kind of channeling.” He goes on to describe how it “was actually written just days after a very dear friend of mine passed away…that phrase was something she said to me the last time I saw her, which was only days before she passed.” The fragile and exposed track has a pronounced analog warble, akin to the sound of a cassette demo or something of the like. But that kind of low fidelity approach only strengthens the mood, as the accompanying music video features an eleven-year-old version of the artist playing Danny Zuko from “Grease” in the middle school play. The VHS transfer is riddled with fuzz and static, but it’s clear that there was always something special about the kid, even if the path to the present has been fraught with the kind of heartache and tragedy that tests the child within.
Gianni’s last single and music video, “If You Believe It’s Alright” premiered at New Noise Magazine and was also featured at Grateful Web, Pop Punk Dad, Music Update Central and The Spill Magazine.
“Honest Thing,” premiered at Vents Magazine and was also featured at B-Sides & Badlands, Riff Magazine and Sawdust and Gin.
“In The Middle Of The Night” premiered at YES/NO Music and was also featured at Music Musings & Such, ZoneNights, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, Jungle Indie Rock and YabYum Music and Arts.
A little more about Gianni:
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.
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.” Released just nine months later, “Smoked The Wrong Stuff” [EP], furthers the narrative, with Paci’s winding guitar work taking center stage. Impose Magazine premiered “Somewhere Other Than Here,” calling the song “a tightly crafted, personal confession…a valuable testament to [his] songwriting excellence…”