We had the good fortune of connecting with Fabrizio Grossi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Fabrizio, what’s your definition for success?
Being able to make a living by turning your passion into a career.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is music. I write , I play, I just started singing too, I produce, mix and now even filming. Anything that’s creative and will tickle that side of me : has my attention ! I do believe that what sets me aside from other fellow artists is that after years worrying about label’s labeling, the DJ’s feedback, the programming directors agenda, flavors of the month, what other colleagues were doing, or what the hot cat of the day’s playing style features, is that I got here by being me. Whatever my path was, is and will be, is now more then ever fueled by “my sound-my thoughts-my agenda-my style”, if you can hear that in the music, and the pursue of your “own” sound or “Style” if you will, is the only thing that can truly set you aside from everything else. Easy ? Nope , but this is what I love to do, so even the harshest sacrifice was faced with dedication and respect, and always by looking at the big picture. The lessons I’ve learned are many , but I would say some of the most important ones are : never undersell yourself unless it was your own plan and you have a strategy behind it, hear everyone out but only listen to your gut, treat and respect everyone as you want to be treated and respected, don’t take yourself too seriously, cuz we’re not saving kids, curing cancer or resolve world famines here. Never forget to say thanks and keep in mind that there’s always somebody faster, younger, stronger, better looking & possibly better trained than yourself. What I want the world to know about me is that i let the music and the movies do the talking.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Even though I’ve been living in the suburbs for a while now, the magic of LA is still something that affects me a lot. A city so spread out and with so many ethnicities to lose count, is definitely a rich cultural shock. Like I did countless times with friends and families visiting from out of town, what I would include in a tour would be a visit to the Observatory,  and if possible ,show watching at the Bowl or at the Greek. A drive thru the “artsy” Los Feliz area , covering Vermont, Sunset etc. Hollywood Blvd. a Runyon Park hike, a drive thru Mulholland, a stroll in Westwood and the UCLA surrounding. The Beverly Hills shopping district (Beverly Center included) , Santa Monica promenade and all the area between Ocean Front & Montana.At least one bike ride thru Venice Beach all the way to Pacific Palisades. Definitely a morning beach stroll at Point Dume , with a multi exhibit visit at the Museums on Wilshire while on my way to Downtown-Chinatown surrounding. I love all kind of foods, but if I have to list my favorite spots , for sure La Casita Mexicana in Huntington Park (New & traditional Mexican cousine ) , Full House on N.Hill in Chinatown (Chinese) , El Compadre on Sunset in West Hollywood & Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks (Mexican, but more for the bar than the food) Amarone on Sunset (New High end Italian), Delish on Fountain in Hollywood (Home Style Japanese), Toi on Sunset in West Hollywood( Tai with an American Twist) …..there are plenty more, but these spots will be a sure hit .

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are too many people I should thank for me being where I am at today, but if I have to scale it down I would say my wife, my mentor Steve Vai for the never ending encouragement and push , my colleagues and “brothers” Steve Lukather and Billy F Gibbons for making me see and appreciate things of mine that I never bother to considered. Ultimately my Buddhist practice organization Soka Gakkai International (S.F. Valley Chapter) for teaching me how to use the tools I’ve always had in me, but never truly used, understood or embraced until I started practicing.

Website: fabriziogrossi.comsupersonicbluesmachine.comsoulgarageexperience.comredhawkfilsm.com

Instagram: instagram/SoulGarageFab – Instagram/SupersonicBluesMachine

Twitter: Twitter/SoulGarageFab

Facebook: Facebook/SoulGarageFab – Facebook/FabrizioGrossi & Soul Garage Experience – Facebook/ FabsMusicCafe

Youtube: Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience Official – Supersonic Blues Machine OFFICIAL

Image Credits
Photo # 1 by Karina Chiechi Photo # 2 by Vikram Chandresekar “The concert photographer” Photo # 3 by Imra Barta Photo # 4 by Adam Kennedy

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