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Conversations with Gregory Zaccagnino

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory Zaccagnino.

Hi Gregory, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m actually a New York native. I moved out to LA years into my career and though I recently moved back to New York, I owe LA a lot because I learned a lot by living there. I started my career as a music producer and a DJ by pretty much having no social life. I dedicated all the time that I would’ve used at school and going out with friends at high school parties to making music and going out to nightclubs to network with DJ’s who were already in the game for a long time. It took a lot of trial and error but producing music finally clicked for me when some bigger DJ’s starting playing my stuff. I remember eating Chinese food with my mom and sister at the dinner table and my social media started going crazy, one of the biggest DJ’s in the world played one of my bootleg remixes on his radio show out of seemingly nowhere and then the rest was history.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has definitely not been a smooth road, it never really is. I went and still go through a lot of mental trials and tribulations. The music industry is definitely a different animal that can chew you up and spit you out without you even realizing it. I’ve struggled with a lot of anxiety issues and still do – but it’s all a part of doing what you love. If you are in a business or a career with millions of other people trying to achieve the same goal as you, you should never expect an easy ride.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I make Electronic Music and DJ. I have been doing it for almost seven years professionally now. I’m known for a lot of my remixes and originals and collaborations. I have collabs with artists like Tiesto, KSHMR, 3LAU- and have done a lot of remixes, some which got super big over time like my remix for the Chainsmokers’ track “Roses” which I think has like 36 million streams on Spotify alone. I’m definitely the most proud of how far I’ve come as a producer and getting to live out some goals of mine. I played the Mainstage of EDC Vegas in 2019, went on a bus tour with Alan Walker who I used to talk to on Facebook years ago when we first started making music -all of these things are something I could’ve only dreamed of years and years ago.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love Los Angeles because of the amount of art and culture it has, and also the amount of people that share the same passion – you really can’t find that anywhere else. No matter what you do, no matter where you go you have a chance of meeting someone that could change your life. My least favorite part of the city however is the food, 100%. I’m from New York so the lack of good pizzerias, bagel stores and Italian deli’s has always sucked haha.

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