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/.