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:

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