Gian Luca & The Oak

Italian born, London based, American rooted singer songwriter

Gian Luca official music page. Italian born, London based, American rooted folk singer songwriter.

about

When I was 12, I couldn't stop staring at an old classical guitar abandoned in a corner of my grandmother’s house. 'Til my dad got it fixed and gave it to me.

Through early classical guitar studies, teenage rock anthems on electric guitars (a lot of hair ago!), an intimate love for literature and good stories, the blues, post teenage heartbreaks and the traditional English folk and American country, I started writing.

Caserta, my hometown in the south west of Italy, near the coast; Rome, the eternal city, host of my sweetest youth's memories; London, my home, loved and hated...

In my lunch breaks, on the million trains I have to cope with, when I walk in the street between millions of people, in the park on a rare sunny day, I often think to Bob Dylan's words, James Taylor's smile, Jackson Browne's imagery, Old Crow Medicine Show's energy or Ryan Adam's humour. But I grew up when Vic Chesnutt, Jason Molina, Gravenhurst, Elliott Smith were releasing music and their records literally changed my life.

On 22nd April 2017, after months of tireless work and with the collaboration of truly amazing people, I self-released my first EP The Flowers Never Grown, featuring 6 original tracks written between 2012 and 2016, the best band in the world and the amazing artwork by William Schaff (Okkervil River, Gravenhurst, Songs:Ohia, Jason Molina, Godspeed You! Black Emperor).