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"Intimate vocals and cryptic lyrics floating above an orchestral palette; electric and nylon string guitars counterbalance complex harmonies and spectral electronica. Iuliano is a progressive indie music producer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist."
Born in Italy, Iuliano discovered music as a young boy, through his grandfather who played the piano. He pursued this artistic path when he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music. With his engineering and arranging expertise finely-tuned, Iuliano gravitated to the role of a producer between Europe and Asia. After a four-year experience in Malaysia, he chose to launch his solo career as a world citizen.
With his first EP, Hidden Roots, released in 2018, Iuliano unlocks a sonic door to a modern artistry that is both elusive and accessible. While the guitar is a prominent instrument on Hidden Roots, it is not the instrument Iuliano is really familiar with, but the one he utilizes to write songs. “It was a deliberate peculiar choice made precisely because of not being a guitar player. This pushes me to explore ideas until I find something interesting, and then I freestyle the melody,” he notes. “I begin with an accessible melody, but then introduce the listener to different scenarios that evolve from the original idea.” While the intricate backing vocals on the project are a study in harmonic complexity, the lead vocals are rendered in a poignant falsetto. “I use a smaller voice to increase the sense of dynamics and details,” he explains. While Iuliano always begins with a concept, he prefers to realize his muse serendipitously. “Accidents are a very big deal in music, but you have to be able to hear them,” he reveals. “Some people might take them as a mistake, but most of them will lead you, one way or another, to an interesting place. Normally, these are the places that I like to wander.”
Iuliano was awarded as best producer for his debut EP at the Independent Music Awards in 2018 for the category “Folk singer-songwriter” by a jury led by Tom Waits, Todd Rundgren, Sananda Maitreya, Robert Smith, and another hundred personalities of the music business. He was also nominated for the best experimental music video for his song "Who Knows" at the same award ceremony.
At the same time, he started working on the second EP “De-Algorithm”. A concept album where the 5 songs, with 5 animated videos, critique the precocious adoption of algorithms. By chance, the videos remind a post-covid world.
While working on "De-algorithm," Iuliano starts writing the upcoming album "The Place." Co-written, this time, see the collaboration of Livio Magnini first (Blu Vertigo) and Kokoro (Marco De Falco e Sabrina Carnevale) at the final production stage of the album.
After an enthusiastic response at his concert in Napoli, Iuliano is committed to taking his show around Europe in the late summer of this year.
Pop matters on The Hidden Root: the EP’s titular song and music video embody an enriching, eclectic audiovisual experience. From its opening moments, the production’s slick, minimalist riffs and percussion serve to envelop iuliano’s audience in mystery.
Substream magazine; The six-track Hidden Roots EP is well worth a listen, offering some of the most original indie-pop and experimental music released this year. Full of thoughtful arrangements and intimate vocal melodies, Iuliano has created something special with this effort