Interview With Brandon Giannasi Of Gringo Soul

By Jake O'neil

Brandon Giannasi, better known as Gringo Soul, is a solo artist out of Dallas, Texas. I asked Brandon where he got the name of his band, and he said it he was working with a bunch of Hispanic people and they all referred to white people as "Gringos." The word "Gringo" just rang with him so he "rolled with it," and he is now known as Gringo Soul. He gets most of his inspiration from the late and great Elvis, Nirvana, Sublime, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh. All of those artists fuel to inspire him to write his funky and soulful songs.

Giannasi writes his songs about celebrations, hardships, life lessons, and growth as a musician and as "an average gringo." Most of the creative thinking and lyric writing occurs while Brandon is driving. He says there is just something about driving that just gets him thinking and really gets his creative juices flowing. All Brandon needs while he is on stage is his Korg Keyboard, K oscillator, octopad, guitar and loop pedal and he is set to perform a great set. The crowd gets to see Brandon setting up the song and get to see all the components that go into a Gringo Soul song. He says that it takes one minute to get his back beat set up and he is good to go. Brandon has put out 4 albums as Gringo Soul, totaling in 34 songs.

This year, Gringo Soul is hosting an event on June 28th called "The Trash Bash Music Stash." The event is a concert held after a volunteer trash pickup along three streets in Dallas, and includes free food and drinks for all of those participating. For the less socially motivated concert-goer, tickets are also available for the concert alone for only $15.

I then asked Brandon if he could open for any band or artist, past or present, who would he want to play with. "Stone Temple Pilots," he says, "I have so much respect for the music they make. It would an honor for me to be able to play a show with them." Since Brandon has not had such an opportunity as of yet, he tells me that his favorite show he's played so far was at The Woodshed in nearby Fort Worth, TX. He tells me that at this show, he performed in front of around 500 attendees, all of whom seemed to respond well to and enjoy his music.

I inquired to Brandon if, after all his time performing as Gringo Soul and all of the experience he's gained, if he had any words of wisdom for his fellow performers and musicians. "When you get denied to play a bar or a venue," says Brandon, "stay strong, and get back up and get on with your day." Many thanks to Brandon for the words of advice, and for taking time out of his busy schedule for this interview.

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