Eno­joy Al­ways with Gi­an­luca Vac­chi

Athleisure - - Contents - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Den­ni­son Ber­tram

Our De­cem­ber Celebrity Cover fea­tures En­tre­pre­neur, EDM DJ and In­sta­gram Star, Gi­an­luca Vac­chi as he shares the im­por­tance of en­joy­ing life, his pas­sion for mu­sic and some in­sight into his per­sonal style.

This hol­i­day sea­son we had fun catch­ing up with Gi­an­luca Vac­chi, busi­ness mag­nate, pro­ducer, global DJ and In­sta­gram star. Like many, we have been fans of his after see­ing his in­fa­mous yacht danc­ing and stylish travel clips dubbed #GVLifestyle. In our chat, we learn about his busi­ness back­ground and how he is en­joy­ing his sec­ond life to the fullest each day. He dishes about how he started his mu­sic ca­reer, work­ing with mu­sic la­bels, and his prac­tice of healthy eat­ing and daily work­outs. Quickly in, we rec­og­nized this is also a man to learn from, and we're for­tu­nate to share his mes­sage to be dili­gent to earn suc­cess, feed cu­rios­ity and en­joy.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: How fo you de­fine the #GVLifestyle?

GI­AN­LUCA VAC­CHI: The world is my play­ground, en­joy life, ev­ery minute of it.

AM: You caught the world’s eye about a year and a half ago danc­ing on your yacht – you at­tribute your pas­sion to danc­ing due to your abuela who was in Ar­gentina – where do you at­tribute your abil­ity to pro­duce and DJ?

GV: Mu­sic runs in my fam­ily, that def­i­nitely helps. I fol­lowed pi­ano les­sons when I grew up in Bologna. My close cousin grew up to be a con­tem­po­rary com­poser, so this also in­flu­enced me when I was younger. J Balvin reached out to me via In­sta­gram, that’s how we be­came friends and he, to­gether with my other close friend Luis Fonsi, be­gan to of­fer me ad­vice to start a new ca­reer in mu­sic. And that’s what I did!

AM: Prior to be­ing an en­ter­tainer, DJ and so­cial me­dia star – you en­joyed a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in busi­ness. How did you tran­si­tion from the cor­po­rate world to one that al­lows you to show­case your fun style?

GV: When I was 45, I was still a fi­nan­cial guy, an en­tre­pre­neur. I still am. By that time, I had joined twelve dif­fer­ent sec­tors with many dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies – travel, video games, ma­chin­ery pro­duc­tion, plas­tic watches, among oth­ers. But after a cer­tain point, that kind of life just didn’t move my cu­rios­ity any more. I am not driven by an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of money. It was im­por­tant to me when I was 20, be­cause most young men want to ac­com­plish some­thing. Though it may not be a sole tar­get, it can be a re­flec­tion of and a re­sult of things done well.

AM: Via your In­sta­gram, we know that you are all about en­joy­ing life which is also the ti­tle of your book - #EN­JOY – how im­por­tant is it to have this con­cept within your life?

GV: I’m now en­joy­ing my sec­ond life and it’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. When I was 45 I re­al­ized I had achieved ev­ery­thing I wanted, it was time to find other ways to spend the rest of my life. The world is my play­ground and I live life to the fullest, I en­joy life ev­ery day.

AM: We love that you never refuse im­promptu ad­vice to peo­ple and that def­i­nitely makes you a role model in our book. About your view that life is a loan and peo­ple need to dream more – what are some tips that you have about achiev­ing goals, stay­ing cu­ri­ous and not just sur­viv­ing?

GV: To an­swer this, I need to start by speak­ing about my phi­los­o­phy on life. It’s very im­por­tant, be­cause it’s the foun­da­tion upon which I base how to live. I con­sider my­self a guest of my own life. It’s like it was bor­rowed, or it’s a loan. I'm go­ing to give it back; I just don’t know when. Ev­ery time I feel my­self start­ing to get tired or bored, I try to change some­thing. Life is a huge priv­i­lege. I be­lieve in re­spect­ing oth­ers, but first I need to re­spect my de­sire, my dreams, and my­self.

AM: Ear­lier this year, you signed with Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Latin En­ter­tain­ment

Group and are on Cap­i­tal Records Latin – how im­por­tant is that in your ca­reer as an artist?

GV: It’s very im­por­tant to work with a la­bel that sup­ports you, es­pe­cially when you’re a be­gin­ning artist like me. Uni­ver­sal is a ma­jor la­bel who can help me de­velop my­self as a pro­ducer. I’m very happy to be work­ing with them.

AM: What is it about latin mu­sic and reg­gae­ton that in­spires your work?

GV: Latin mu­sic is amongst one of my fa­vorite mu­sic gen­res. The rhythm of the songs are re­ally catchy, mu­sic you can re­ally dance to. And you know I re­ally love to dance.

AM: You travel fre­quently, what are 3 must have items that are al­ways in your bag re­gard­less of the city that you are in?

GV: I travel so much, I ac­tu­ally only get to spend about 60 days a year now in Italy. The con­stant change is keep­ing me alive. When I travel, I never leave with­out my head­phones, glasses and phone!

AM: With 2019 around the cor­ner, what fes­ti­vals and/or res­i­den­cies are on your cal­en­dar that we should keep an eye out for?

GV: There are so many good things com­ing in 2019, I can’t wait to share with all of you. We will kick-off in Jan­uary with gigs in NY and Mi­ami and of course I can’t wait for the sum­mer sea­son to start again.

For the fu­ture I re­ally plan on fur­ther per­fect­ing my skills as a DJ and pro­ducer. We don’t know what to­mor­row will bring, but there are def­i­nitely some great things com­ing up.

AM: You have col­lab­o­rated with Luis Fonsi and have had pro­duc­ers such as An­dres Tor­res and Mauri­cio Rengifo who have worked on your mu­sic. Who else will you be work­ing with that we should keep an eye out for?

GV: In one of my videos you see me danc­ing with MC Fi­oti, that’s all I can say for now...

AM: With the year com­ing to a close, what are the good things that took place this year that you en­joyed, what are items that you felt would be taken care of this year but will be tack­led next year due to time and what items will be re­leased next year that you can share with us that we should keep an eye out for?

GV: I look back at 2018 with a big smile on my face. So many good things, like my own party Vi­bra! At Am­ne­sia in Ibiza and re­leas­ing Sig­amos Bai­lando and Love with Se­bas­tian Ya­tra. Ev­ery year I try to im­prove my­self and work on fur­ther per­fect­ing my skills as a DJ and pro­ducer to DJ and pro­duce even bet­ter in 2019. So many good things to come in 2019, stay tuned!

AM: We know that you spend a lot of your time in Mi­ami – where would we find you grab­bing a drink/meal, shop­ping and work­ing out?

GV: I love Mi­ami and I love be­ing here dur­ing the win­ter in Europe. It is very hard for me to pick a fa­vorite place to eat, drink and shop, since there are a lot of good places in Mi­ami! But a new hotspot I re­ally love is restau­rant Swan! Great restau­rant with a mod­ern cui­sine. There are so many good gyms in Mi­ami and some­times I go for a run at the beach.

AM: What is a typ­i­cal day like for you when you know that you will be play­ing a set?

GV: Ev­ery day I work­out, so also on the days I have a per­for­mance. Af­ter­wards I pre­pare my set and go through all my mu­sic. I still prac­tice a lot, since

my goal is to get bet­ter and bet­ter. Be­fore the show I like to have din­ner with my crew, so I have enough en­ergy for my per­for­mance.

AM: What work­outs and eat­ing choices do you to main­tain such a great body?

GV: I main­tain a very healthy life­style, I love to work­out and try to do this daily. From time to time I share some work-out video’s on my In­sta­gram ac­count to share the type of work-outs I like to do with my fol­low­ers. Be­ing fit gives you a great feel­ing of power and strength.

AM: How many tat­toos do you have and how do you de­cide what will be the next work of art that will ap­pear on your body?

GV: I have more than a 100 tat­toos and they are all con­nected to my per­sonal life. I got my first tat­too when I was 33, now you see peo­ple get­ting tat­toos at the age of 15, but you first need to ex­pe­ri­ence life and trans­late that ex­pe­ri­ence in a tat­too.

AM: Your pa­jama and swim trunk game is pretty strong, de­scribe some of your fa­vorites in your col­lec­tion.

GV: Fash­ion is im­por­tant in my life. I’m Ital­ian so we do take our time when it comes to fash­ion. I own like 40 dif­fer­ent tuxe­dos and I have 100 dif­fer­ent hats. I guess you can say that these items be­long to my fa­vorites.

AM: We hear that you are be­com­ing an ac­tor, can’t wait to see that hap­pen – do you have any up­com­ing projects that you can share with us and who are you look­ing for­ward to work­ing with?

GV: I am al­ways open to new things and chal­lenges. Keep an eye open for 2019, new and big things are com­ing!

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