By Vanessa B
Today we catch up with visionary indie music producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist IULIANO for some QuickFire Qs as he drops De-Algorithm, described as “… a special, esoteric concept album that serves a sardonic critique and near parody of the new digital world order ruled by algorithms and the plight of analog humans who must navigate life under the cold calculus of artificial reason.”
What does a first-time listener need to know about De-Algorithm?
Firstly that is a concept EP, and the videos of each song are consequently to one another. So, I strongly advise listening to them in the proper sequence by looking at the videos.
Music-wise, like the previous EP, it is still an attempt to make music prevalently with organic instruments wrapped by electronic sounds and digital reverbs to give it this electronic vibe, probably more on the rock side.
Does the place you inhabit influence the music you produce?
I cannot see how it couldn’t, but probably I mean it at a different level. I guess we have different layers that form our personality; the outer layers are the more changeable, but they are essential to help us discover the hidden inner one that never changes. Living in a place or another modifies an outer layer, which allows us to find out more about the inner one.
The music I make reflects what I perceive to be in that moment, it is never pure aesthetic, but it believes in expressing something profound about myself. And I guess the more I live outside the place I grew up, the more the chances for me to reach my truth. Living in a different culture forces one to reconsider what was a cultural conviction until that time. This might have a significant impact on uncovering what is deep inside you.
What was the first album you purchased?
Fun story. “Hotter than July” by Stevie Wonder. I loved “Master Blaster” and thought it was a reggae album. It was disappointing…at first. But they were different times, and when you buy vinyl, you want to listen to it until the last groove. It is so that music makes its way into you. With a streaming service, I would have discarded it.
What achievement in your life are you the proudest of?
My first EP: Hidden Roots. It was the first time I could realize something that I really felt like “mine.” The subsequent, unexpected award I got at the “Independent Music Awards” was acknowledging that my music could be appreciated at the highest level. Not a granted outcome, and this gave me a lot of strength to keep doing what I do.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Of course, there are many, but if I have to pick one, the first name is Sufjan Stevens. Simplicity and complexity are always vividly present in his music in a lovely balance. I call him a gentle genius.
What is your favorite sound in the world?
The sound of waves when you are on the beach. The sounds of a piano in a concert hall. Singing birds in a tree. What I mean is that it really depends on where I am.