We had the good fortune of connecting with Gii Astorga and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gii, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Happiness is the epicenter of my foundation. I strive to find the things that make me happy and lean towards moments to remember for the rest of my life. Music is by far the most consistent thing that has brought happiness to me as long as I can remember. It’s been a way to relate to what the artist or song is portraying as well as how I write my music.

Now more than ever though, I find happiness in sharing genuine moments with others. Especially through music. The pandemic (as we all have felt and witnessed) has been a challenging one for all of us. I found myself unsure if my career in music would still continue, but in between all these moments of panic, I decided to try and make the best of it. I started streaming shows online and immediately found that people really appreciated having a distraction during tough times. It was at this moment that I focused as much on crowd interaction and having a moment with an audience as I did in the effort, quality, and enthusiasm of any of my shows.

Happiness is an emotion we all strive for. I believe though that sometimes we look too hard for it. While we’re so adamant to find it, we forget to just stop, look around, and just take it all in. Happiness can be something as simple as our relationships, our moments of gratitude for what and who we have, and seeing your pups when you get home.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been playing guitar since the age of 8, and have been very fortunate to be able to still do this thing I love so often. I started playing at open mics at the age of 18 and since then, worked on growing as an artist. It’s never been easy. When it’s felt easy, that’s when I panic most, so I try my best to always take it a step forward.

Before I decided to make music a full time career, I worked at various bank establishments. I found myself displeased with the work I was doing and became extremely depressed. It was one day that I snapped and decided to quit on the spot (Hindsight, not the most professional way to go about it, but if I didn’t do it then, there was a good change I never would have.). This was the beginning of many challenges and rewards that have brought me to where I am today.

As I grew with my music, I found myself a new set of problems. How do I find gigs (something I still struggle with today. I don’t think I’ll ever figure that out!)? How can I make my marketing stand out (crash course to photoshop was a MUST!)? How do I convince people to come back? How long can this last?! All these questions and many more are still ones I ask myself today, but I am grateful that I’ve been able to grow on these problems and make them feel less of a burden than they felt on day one.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned (recently mind you) is that you get from the amount of work you put into your product. Winter months will be the slowest for a solo musician like me. Instead of capitalizing on the time I had to be better at my craft, I found myself idling and waiting for the next big thing. I’d ask myself, well why isn’t it starting to get busy again? All the while watching tv and catching up on some series I probably don’t need to watch. Momentum is everything. It is important to take a break and give yourself time, but those who I look up to certainly worked extremely hard to get where they are in life. There was no way I would be the exception. It’s like my old friend told me, “What Are You Waiting For?”

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Greeley is a GEM! It does have its reputation as a “Cow Town”, but we are far from that. The community here is extraordinary! So please, come say hey!

If you do, I’d start you off by takin you to some of the best breweries Northern Colorado has to offer. We would start off at the Nationally recognized, Weldwerks for a beer and the best burger in town. Then, we’d walk a few blocks to Brix Brew and Tap where the beer is delicious and the environment is for everyone. Not feeling beer? Totally ok! Let’s go and swing a golf club at both of our public courses. We love golf here, and the courses are for any level of player. Trust me. They still let me play a round and I’m terrible. The Poudre River trial is a great way to catch up or just get away. We can bike it or walk it! If you’re itching to go on a hike or just head west, we can do that too! Some of my favorite hiking trails (Shoutout to Round Mountain) are less than an hour away from Greeley, as well as the beautiful cities of Loveland, Fort Collins, and Windsor. Maybe one day we can head to a Colorado Eagles hockey game. I myself am not a big hockey fan (GO NUGGETS!), but I find these games to be extremely entertaining.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so so many people who I would love to shoutout. I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by people who strive to be better everyday. No two people more so than my best friend and talented human, Armando Silva. While he himself is grinding to meet and exceed his expectations, he still finds time to give me encouragement and words of wisdom to keep the climb going.

I also am very grateful for the wonderful Heather Berry for not only hitting the ground running with her Yoga, but for also being as supportive to my goals as she is to hers.

Bill Gentry was a man who had little words of wisdoms for me. He was my boss when I bartended at his establishment, and during times I would open the bar, we would talk life. He once said to me words I will always remember and pass on. The conversation started by Bill asking me what I wanted to do for a living. I answered I wanted to be a musician. He asked me, “Alright… What are you waiting for?”. I would respond with a ton of reasons ( excuses really) as to why I hasn’t happened. He would interrupted me multiple times and simply would say, “Young man… You’re making excuses and not answering my question. Again. What are you waiting for?”. This moment really set the tone to always ask myself that question and has gotten me to focus and execute. I miss you old friend.

Lastly, I must give a huge shoutout to “The Wizard of Westwood”, the great John Wooden, as well as the great philosopher, Alan Watts.

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Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0v8hzYO3FOhgAuWC08dlnN?si=KzLLR3AnRomyuf6fQ14h-A

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