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Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist? 

FG: I’ve been living with myself so long, that it’s hard for me to see myself being  anything else than what I am . For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always been  attracted to arts, all arts. Music, movies, drawing, it’s all part of my  passions, and I cannot really see myself doing anything else. Actually, it seems  like the older I get, the more art I want to take on, and not necessarily stick  to music only. While I like and admire plenty of musicians, I am very intrigued  by  guys like Robert Rodriguez, who not only writes and directs his movies, but also  creates the sound track as well. I guess that’s how I would like to see myself in the coming years. 

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from,  how you came to make music, etc. 

FG: I was born in Milan, Italy and I lived there until I was 21. I then moved to New York, and after 5 years to LA , where I currently reside. I enjoyed extended stays in London and Toronto, so I guess I am a bit of a world’s citizen, and I do  believe a lot of the culture, sounds and colors of these cities stayed with me and helped me color my music the way I do it. I am not from a music family at all, but I’ve always liked music since I was little. While my first two real music  loves when I was little were Bob Marley and Carlos Santana (followed by the  Beatles and the Stones) , it was a magic James Brown performance on Italian TV that really had a captivating effect on me, followed by Tina Turner 2  weeks later. Before my early teens I was introduced to artists like AC/DC, Queen, Van Halen etc but it was a stellar performance by Whitesnake at Castle  Donington, followed by Queen in my own town a few months later, that really got me to say “ this is what I wanna do when I grow up”. I haven’t grown up yet, hahaa, but I am still playing with the same enthusiasm of back then. 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and  other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

FG: Because of my fascination with Marley, and that magic James Brown performance, I got exposed to black music. That was parallel to what my friends and the world of my youth were  bombarding me with (from Black Sabbath to Depeche Mode, from Motherhood to Tears for Fears). When I was on my own, I would pick up my bass and jam to the tunes of James Brown, Sade and Heart Wind & Fire. And that’s to be honest, it’s still what I am today. All these artists really  impacted me , but there were so many, that I ended up with my own cocktail of their art. As far as songs topics though, I would say that my major influences have always been Bob Marley, John Lennon, but also Marvin Gaye  and Rage Against the Machine. I like socially aware thematics, real  life experiences and personal stuff. I could never write a song like My Heart Will Go On, but I could definitely see myself writing my take of No Woman No Cry. 

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist? 

FG: As I said earlier, I’d like to combine as much as possible visual and music arts. I’ve been getting more and more involved with documentaries production, video clip directing and editing, and writing treatments. I guess my ultimate  dream is to be able to make a movie about my two major and personal music  loves, my bands : Supersonic Blues Machine and my very own Soul Garage Experience. 

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far? 

FG: I have so many special moments that make me appreciate the work that I’ve been blessed with , so many that I cannot even start to list them, but if I have  to pick one, I’d say being able to feed my family and myself with it!  

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so  many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio.  How is that going? 

FG: To be honest with you, I don’t know ! I don’t think I personally do enough, then again I am working 14 to 16 hours a day. Some days it shows, some days it doesn’t. I do believe music promotion got hijacked by technology and corporate indoctrination, long long gone are the days when somebody really good will find a way out through their artistic talent alone. All that has  been replaced predominantly by computer proficiency, and by how much your music can be attached directly or indirectly to a business trend & exchange. 

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up? 

FG: Well, luckily with Supersonic Blues Machine & now with Soul Garage  Experience, we work with professional agents. However , there’s still a lot of  work that we have to do to make sure all of that goes through, and ends well. Do  not buy the hype that once you get a label, a manager and an agent you’re set. These are all still different departments of the same corporation, and you  always have to be an engaged CEO, no matter what ! 

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify? 

FG: I love the technological aspect of it! It makes it easier and faster to access anything, anywhere, from anybody, without having to carry giant bags or folders of CD’s, records etc. That’s progress, and the beauty of it, but that’s also where it ends for me! Spotify, and all of those platforms completely devalued the music they offer, and with the “shitfull” claim and/or promise that it easily promotes new artists and songs, it only created another way for corporate greed to steal from the artist, extracting profit and capitalizing on the surplus created by the work, effort, genius, and investment of others by dramatically and sadly “legally” impoverishing a whole generation (if not 2 or 3) of artists. It’s a shame and we better do something about it to get things  straight, or this whole industry will be flushed down the toilet.    

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why? 

FG: I give you 4 songs :  One by U2, Get up , Stand Up by Bob Marley and A Day in  Life by the Beatles, & Whiter of a Shade of Pale by Procol Harum, the reasons? For everything that I’ve told you so far.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would  change if you could? 

FG: Yes, corporate greed and consumerism practices to begin with, and I would like to give the decision making of one’s recorded music and/or live performances to the artist, not to the record companies or giant promoters. I mean,, I would  let these entities and everyone that works in the field keep on doing their work, but what song to push and why, what video to make or don’t, and how to distribute, sell, show and monetize should be up to the artists. Not by  some greedy suit, or in today’s world, by some frustrated angry geek ! 

 

PD: So what are you working on at the moment? 

FG: My first solo record with my solo band Soul Garage Experience is about to get  released on Sept 10th, so I am really busy with all that goes with that and the live shows that will accompany it. I am also working on the release and tour  planning for the next Supersonic Blues Machine, and as I said earlier, I am involved in a couple of movies like projects that I hope will give me the  opportunity to do more and more of that.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online? 

FG: Please visit the web sites of both my projects : fabriziogrossi.com  or  soulgarageexperience.com (they are the same thing LOL) and  supersonicbluesmachine.com, those are the hubs to then land on our video  sites, music sites, social media etc. please like us and follow us, so hopefully  you can find out what’s happen next in our world and when we’ll be coming to play in a town near yours. 

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