You might not know his name but you’ve probably heard one of his songs before. The man that I am referring to goes by the stage name Gazzo, but I know him as Mike. Over the past few years he has built up a pretty loyal fan base with over 41,000 Facebook fans, + 2K Twitter followers and +1K Instagram followers. I’ve had the pleasure of growing close to the popular artist over the past four years at Towson University, where he was a student before pursuing his music career. Not only are we fraternity pledge brothers, we are also close friends. Gazzo was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule and sit down for an interview with me. Here is how it went:
How long have you been making music for?
Well I started playing instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard) when I was around 14-15 years old. From then, I slowly progressed over into creating and recording the music onto a computer software. Starting out using one of the most basic programs there are, TC8 (ironically the same Cash Cash started with back in the day too), I moved through programs and continued to gain knowledge through teaching myself, friends who were doing the same as I was and video tutorials. I’ve been making music a majority of my life, and as a real profession for about 3 years or so. Absolutely love it!
What’s your favorite type of music to play? Why?
In all honesty, if the crowd is right, my favorite music to play is tech house/house. It’s definitely groovier and all about the balance of elements. Plus the bass is always on point and people aren’t clouded by big huge sounds but by a musical journey. I just enjoy it because when people appreciate it in the crowd, the atmosphere is so “everybody love everybody” and I know that everyone is there for the music.
What’s your favorite type of music to listen to? Why?
Honestly, everything. I’m secretly a huge Coldplay fan but I listen to everything you can think of. From classic rock and heavy metal to deep house and blue grass, my library is pretty eclectic. I will say though, most of my time is spent listening to the type of music I produce or even my own stuff, so that I can constantly change, critique, innovate and better my sound.
Who got you really into making music? Who do you look up to as a role model or guide in the industry?
Well there are a ton of role models and friends that are within the industry that have helped tremendous amounts. Friends such as Cash Cash and the Disco Fries as well as their management have been huge supporters as well as a huge help in the industry. My manager, Robert Calabrese, has also been a huge influence in taking the plunge to make this a full-time career. But most of all, I would like to say that without my Dad’s influence early on, I don’t think I would be as far along as I am today. He’s the person who first introduced me to great music, and ALL types of music for that matter. His thousands of records and CDs have been the basis of what I am today and my tastes.
What are your future plans? Future artists you’d like to work with?
My future plans are to get a track signed to each of the labels we’ve been speaking to, and really start my original push in the market. I’ve been doing remixes for quite some time, but I’ve had an arsenal of original content just waiting to be released. The right timing is everything, and the last couple of months/next-however-long is dedicated to finding homes for the originals that are done, as well as creating new ones along the way. I would love to work with guys like Hardwell, Tiesto, Fedde Le Grand, as well as Tommy Trash, GTA, Kryder and more. On the other side of things, I would love to work with Jay-Z, Coldplay, John Mayer and people not associated with the genre as much.
What big sites or blogs have you been featured on?
Huffington Post, Vibe Magazine, The Rolling Stone, This Song Is Sick, Dancing Astronaut and many more.
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the music industry thus far?
I think that my most recent release on Fedde Le Grand’s label “Funky Beats” is definitely up there. Gathering support from Tiesto, Bingo Players and many more big artists as well as shooting up to #18 on the Beatport Top 100 Progressive House charts was huge. It’s still in the Top 100 today! I think on the remix side of things, definitely my American Authors “Best Day Of My Life” Remix. Peaking at #11 on the iTunes Dance Chart and coming in with around 6-7 million streams, that track has been heard on the radio and Sirius XM which is so dope. These two tracks we’re my biggest accomplishments thus far.
What’s your favorite song you’ve made?
Honestly, I absolutely love my telepopmusik “Breathe” remix because the emotion in that track is overwhelming.
Any new projects you’re working on that you could give us some hints about?
Well, I have originals brewing/about to get started with The White Panda, Cash Cash, Merk & Kremont, the Disco Fries and more. I got vocals back from Vassy (the girl who sung on David Guetta, Showtek’s “Bad” which peaked at #1 on Beatport) for an original that should be out on Hardwell “Revealed Recordings” which is super dope. I have a few really awesome official remixes coming out soon on Atlantic Records as well as some original work we’re currently finding homes for. Lots of awesome stuff in the works.
What’s the best venue you’ve played at and why?
The best venue I’ve played so far was definitely La Santa in Puerto Vallarta, MX. I played with Sultan & Ned Sheppard and wow, what a room. Such a gorgeous club.
Who is your favorite designer and what is your favorite swag that you own right now?
I’m all about the U Neck t-shirts now. V-necks were my thing for so many years, but after a friend introduced these bad ass U Necks I was like “I’m buying every color” so I did and now it’s turning into a thing for me. My favorite swag though are definitely my boots. When someone says “Timberland” boots I think they immediately think work boots, but the ones I have resemble those dope Steve Madden ones with the zippers on the sides. Love them. Oh and EVERYTHING Moon Life (beanies, shirts, etc.). Check them out online here.
Where are you looking forward to play this summer?
Well we just had some incredible gigs that I actually can’t really say yet, but India, Mexico and Dominican are in the future, J. Right now though, definitely Beach Glow Festival in Wildwood, NJ right on beach July 5th with DVBBS, Kapslap, Kasum, Prfftt & Syvable, Jai Wolf and many more friends. Should be epic!
You travel a lot, what is your favorite hotel visually and why?
JW Marriots ‘fa dayzzzz’. Those hotels are straight up gorgeous.
What is your favorite car for the summer to ride around in?
My secret weapon is a Cherry Red 1969 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 with white interior and the most badass look I’ve ever seen. Stoked to whip that this summer.
Chipotle Tabasco Sauce all day.
Favorite alcoholic drink?
Whiskey Ginger ‘fo sho’.
One last interesting fact or story about your life that could influence our viewers to chase their dreams?
So I think a driving force in chasing my dreams was that my parents had me when they were super young. I mean around 20 years old. I think that I watched my Dad and Mom make so many incredible sacrifices for both my sister and I that they partly weren’t able to do what they actually wanted to do- whether it was travel, pursue a certain career, or really anything it sort of inspired me to take life a difference way. When I stopped attending college years back, my point was that my career could form. I could see it forming around me, but without dedicating my time I wouldn’t make it anywhere. I wanted to chase this dream and if I failed, I failed but at least I wouldn’t have any regrets or thoughts of “if I had only done this.” I was told so many times growing up that music was where I was supposed to be. It’s my true passion. And life without passion, isn’t life at all.
As mentioned above by Gazzo himself when referring to some of the greatest accomplishments he’s done so far, my favorite song is the “Best Day Of My Life” Remix:
At this point in his career, it seems as if things are just starting to blossom. No one can tell what the future holds but at this point everything looks to be on the up and up for Gazzo. I hope that after reading this you have a better understanding of an artist that is likely to be a household name one day!
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