“Forget prejudices. If the music is created with a pure soul, no matter about its genre, let the sounds resonate within you. Explore different things and try to find its beauty in different ways,” says Giorgia Angiuli. It’s advice that the Italian techno producer and live artist would give someone who hasn’t yet discovered electronic music, much like she hadn’t years ago, in her previous life as a classical musician.
Angiuli tells DJ Mag that her first impressions of electronic music were formed through “mistaken prejudice”, and that she considered the music easy and oversimplified. Growing up surrounded by classical music, this clash isn’t surprising. Her mother, father and brother were also musicians, and her early memories were formed at concerts playing holy music and Gregorian chants. Her sibling went on to teach jazz at the historic music school, Conservatorium Nino Rota, in Monopoli, where Angiuli studied too. Her efforts were focused on classical guitar. However, beyond the traditional syllabus, she learned everything from nu-metal and rock to folk. These aligned with her sideline love of hardcore, and pointed to someone with an open-minded taste.
While not many people in electronic music will be able to directly relate to Angiuli’s classical upbringing, they may well be familiar with a prominent crossover anthem that she recalls as being a game changer for her. It was Radiohead’s ‘Idioteque’, released in 2000, that caused her to understand how “complicated and beautiful [electronic music] can be”.