Commitment is the Cure

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So how do I do it? Well, it’s been about four years now of being clean and sober. I can’t say it has been an easy road, but the last two have been pretty smooth sailing.

I’ve man­aged to keep a good part of my focus and time ded­i­cated to an incred­i­ble project: Chaser Eight, a band I’m the drum­mer for. Prior to being asked to join Chaser Eight, I of course had other tools to man­age my sobri­ety: keep­ing myself around pos­i­tive peo­ple, the sup­port of my wife and fam­ily, a great guy who has become my best friend, and a quest for spir­i­tual guidance.

The day I was asked to join Chaser Eight every­thing changed and it helped my jour­ney for con­tin­ued sobri­ety and suc­cess. I knew it was a full time com­mit­ment with a group that is on its way up. My oppor­tu­nity for cre­ativ­ity, opin­ions, and chal­lenges were here and it was my time to step up my game. The days of play­ing along with com­pact discs or jam­ming with musi­cians that have absolutely no com­mit­ment or drive to do more than play in a base­ment were over.

It was now my chance to work with a ded­i­cated group of fan­tas­tic musi­cians who push for the best from each other! Chaser Eight has con­sumed so much of my focus (in a good way!) to writ­ing my drum parts, weekly rehearsals by myself and with the band, and live per­for­mances to sold-out audi­ences. My free time con­sists of a few nights a week to spend with my fam­ily, and the occa­sional Sun­day golf round.

The drive I have to work on our music is incred­i­bly pos­i­tive and very excit­ing. It’s a great chan­nel to focus my energy. Of course we all have our moments of frus­tra­tion, but it’s a good frus­tra­tion. It means what you’re doing is impor­tant. All in all, I have to say Chaser Eight has and is a very impor­tant part of who I am, what I do, and keep­ing a great out­look in general.


Pete Gian­nini is the drum­mer for fast-growing female fronted rock band Chaser Eight. A few years back he was strug­gling with a ter­ri­ble addic­tion, but through the love and sup­port of his band mates and fam­ily he was able to over­come his prob­lem. He is  now liv­ing clean and sober while cre­atively con­tribut­ing to Chaser Eight’s new EP “At the 426”, avail­able now! To learn more about Pete Gianni and Chaser Eight please visit: http://chasereight.com/.
 

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Elle November 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I like your positive outlook on your life. And good for you to committing to something meaningful! I think it’s hard for a lot of people to find something to stick to.

As people, I think we get bored easily and will go through fazes in life… until we find something truly special to us.

I know I’ve gone through it! I’m not even sure if I’ve found that special thing that I will never get tired of.

It looks like that special thing is being the drummer for Chaser Eight!

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Pete November 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my post. Yes, being the drummer for Chaser Eight has changed my life for the better. You will find that thing you are looking for, just stay positive!

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Sebastian November 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I wish you all the luck in the world man!

Stay strong.
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Kate December 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

Keep it up! Do what you like as long as you won’t be stepping anybody. And I think you’re cool because you’re a drummer :)
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Joe Lee December 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Thank you for demonstrating commitment and the path towards mastery. Rarely will I see a musician blog sharing about life!
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