JOAN THIELE

JOAN THIELE, BORN IN ’91, FROM ITALIAN MOTHER AND SWISS-ARGENTINE FATHER, LOVES TO GO AROUND WITH HER GUITAR AND HER MUSIC THAT IS CONTAMINATED BY TRAVELS AND ENCOUNTERS. THE LIVE GIGS IN MILAN HAVE BEEN HER FIRST START TOGETHER WITH A MUSICIAN MET ON THE STREET...

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How do your origins meet your music?

Contamination in my music is something important because I see in it the trips I made, the experiences that have been part of my journey so far and what I have experienced in different situations. For me rhythm is essential and i reconnect it to South America. Attention and care for electronics to England. And then Italy, which is obviously essential. I love my country.

I love both Italy and South America, they’re just two different things. For me both are a great source of links but I’m Italian.

Why did the Beatles initiate you to music and how did you approach them?

Because my mother always sang Michelle and I think they did everything. From simple pieces to the complex ones. When I think of someone who has done things at 360 ° I think about them.

How was your first tour instead?

It was on a Lancia Y car with Etna, which are my musicians. We left and travelled three months around Italy. An incredible experience. From Milan to Trieste, through Turin, Apulia, Calabria, Sicily … everything in the car. I was sitting in the back.

A critical step. It has allowed me to see so many different places, meet many people. We had a travel diary and each time we finished the gig we put it on stage and anyone passing by could write on it.

How did you and Etna meet?

We met in an absurd way, here in Milan, near Navigli area. I saw someone that was playing jars on the floor and  thought: “so cool”. I was played during the day in a local bar nearby and there we met and asked him to try play together.

The beauty was precisely to meet on the street.

Save me: why this title and from what, in case, you need to be saved from?

Save me is the single that came out in January anticipating the EP. The seven pieces that are part of this work are all very different from each other, that’s why i consider it a bit ‘like a rainbow on a visual level”. There’s a song called Rainbow that talks about my mother. Seven pieces that ideally represent seven different colors both at the production and musical level, contaminated. From acoustic guitar and vocals, you switch to electronics, to mix the two things.

I was reading the story of Taxi Driver: what kind of a traveler are you and how important are the stories of others in what you produce?

Everything starts from here: when I travel I am hyper receptive. The journey is discovery and curiosity, you turn on all the receptors. Contact with the others is definitely the nicest way to learn a lot of things: in the end music for me is this too, being able to pick up the best sides of people, thoughts, situations, and then turn everything into music.

I talk a lot about me. But also about the others. Of what I perceive from them. These two things go together very well for me.

What is your relationship with fashion and image?

I really like fashion. I’m pretty perfectionist, I like beautiful things, but without being obsessed. I’m curious in this and other fields.

Your route appears to different considering what’s happening right now in the music scene. You do not emerge through a talent show for example.

Yes, more than the videos posted on Youtube, what helped me was playing live gigs. I started in ARCI clubs. Back from England, where I lived, I told myself that I would have to give me a move and then with my little guitar, starting from the morning, I was going around asking to play and I got to play so so so much. Then the classic word of mouth can have a great power. Then the web was also useful.

Is there someone with whom you would like to collaborate?

My dream, which has no connection with the things I’m doing, it’s David Crosby, to watch my deepest me. Otherwise from contemporary electronic music it would be Sunstroke.

Besides the Beatles, who has inspired you up to here?

Led Zeppelin. And i love Feist. And Lauryn Hill. All the rap world, I am a huge fan. Beta Media, The Roots, the Groove, everything in that area. I currently like Neca, Lianne La Havas that is a English singer-songwriter: she is half Greek half Jamaican, crazy stuff.

I really like the picture of the woman playing her guitar. I see something important. The idea of the completeness of an instrument. A guitar that you can play and stay with you.

And if you could describe with a word your genre?

Definitely pop. But I would say: contaminated. A pop-contaminated (and laugh for the frequency of this word that is repeated and becomes the backbone key to the whole story).

 

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09 July Monza – I Days
16 July Genoa – Goa Boa
23 July Vasto – Siren Festival
31 July Locorotondo – Locus Festival
16 August La Villa – Val Badia Jazz
3/4 September Treviso – Home Fest
30 September Trieste – Barcolana