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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Lorenzo Gabanizza

Thank you for talking with us! Looking back, what was the first album or "vinyl" you bought? The first album for me was "Christie" by Jeff Christie's band.

How was it filming the video for "You're not there?" Well, for my video I have chosen again Oscar Serio, who's a highly appreciated professional in my country and was the director of my previous video who entered the MTV Usa Top 5. Working with him it's always a great experience because he always tries to create a feeling with the artist. When he works, he is able to identify your flaws and your strengths and through the initial briefing he tries to create a balance between the two. Yes, because we are made of our bright but also dark sides and to get the most natural and powerful appeal, you have to keep both sides on a movie or videoclip.

What's your advice for young artists trying to establish a name for themselves? Especially young people that may see you as a role model. Keep on pushing, even when you think you are wasting your time and nothing will change, because the light, the man, the song, the producer, the right ingredient or fact, it could be just today, right behind this ugly corner...Whatever, never do something which would make you lose the respect that you have for yourself: this business is full of sharks, ready for everything even to eat you alive. Don 't ever let them touch or change your integrity perspective.

Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it?

It happened at such an early period of my life that I could easily say I always wanted to be a musician. Actually there was an inspirer, and my desire to become a singer was a matter of emulation; at such an age, five years old, it couldn't have been different. So I started willing to emulate Jeff Christie and Elvis Presley, and follow their paths. When I grew up, this desire became more mature and at only ten, I already played three instruments and performed for the first time in a folk band. That was my craft. I knew it and I know it now.

Where do you draw inspiration from when writing? Everywhere around me or inside me. Inspiration for me is a weird and natural course. It's almost like having the door and the keys. My creative world is a room with thousands of doors and I hold in my hands a lot of keys. So, it could be love, sadness, nature, philosophy, something I read or even news stories, It has just to be the right key for the right door...

What is your favorite wine? I love Greek, French and Italian wines very much. My favorite wine is Amarone, from Valpolicella, which is the land where my uncles lived. But I also love Greek Retsina, a white wine in which pine resin is used as a preservative.

How do you drink your coffee? Black. Black and strong, espresso, if I'm having to stand, or long, if I'm relaxing in the afternoon.

What is the one place you have always dreamed of dining? Since I'm a fan of Truman Capote...Tiffany!

What's your favorite food on the road? On the road you have no time to stop and quietly take the needed time, so fast foods help a lot people like us, musicians, always on the run. So, I am forced to say that my favorite food is hamburgers.

If you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? Any brand who works with a green policy.

Lorenzo Gabanizza was a member of various groups, notably a Queen cover band called Mantras, with which he toured Europe. His "Queen project" continued with his band The Slightly Mad. Gabanizza started a fund-raising program to help fight AIDS that was recognized by the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the organization that was founded soon after Freddie Mercury's death.

In 2004, Gabanizza became a member of the Vic Elmes band Christie Again. He wrote the song "Meet me at the river" that became a success and featured in the album Christie Again all the hits and more.

In 2016, Gabanizza produced and recorded a self-penned album, Celtic Bridge (Italian way music), a concept album sold well both in Europe and the United States, entering the American download charts top 100.[1] In Germany, Gabanizza was seen as a fresh pop/Celtic rock style singer, and was compared to great artists as U2 or Angelo Branduardi.[2] Gabanizza's version of "Danny Boy" that was featured on the album gained him a place on the list of best Celtic performers in Italy. In July he appeared in front of 12,000 people at the worldwide event Celtica among others such as Vincenzo Zitello, Katia Zunino, and Celkilt.

January 2018, he released a single, "Demons",[6] which included a cover of the Linkin Park song "One more light", and donated all the royalties to the 320 change direction, founded by Chester's Bennington widow Talinda Bennington.

During summer 2018, he was injured in a terrible traffic accident. February 2019 he get back to work and released another single "I am wrong" which comes along with a cover of Linkin Park's "The messenger" and reached #69 on the European top 100 indie charts.

In November of the same year, Lorenzo released a new single, "Straight to the heart" with the same musicians of the album "Out of darkness" with mastering by Don Tyler. The single suddenly entered the European Country charts reaching #1 and the MTV Usa spotify single at #6. The videoclip of the song, directed by Oscar Serio, starring Lorenzo himself and the actress Martina Sacchetti, topped at 6th place on MTV Usa charts.

2020 had a strong start for Lorenzo. His Ep, "All the words we never said" reached 8th on European Indie Charts, 1th on MTV USA, 48th on Italian indie charts. On the day of twin towers attacks, September 11, he released the Ep "Someone waiting to their door" which reached Number one on the EACM Charts. The title track features Grammy fiddler Ian Cameron.

On October 22nd, he will release a new single featuring Jeff Christie on the lead vocals, along with stellar musicians: Snake Davis, Katey Brooks, Max Gabanizza, Rusty Wright, Bruce Hoffmann, Hale White, Darrell Nutt. Mixed at Breakneck Studios, Philadelphia by Peter Hall (Liam Gallagher's engineer) it willbe mastered at Sterling Studios by 62 times Grammy Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone. “You’re Not There” is on MTS Records.


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