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Last year, while we were in New York for our series of events “Italians Do It Live” we met, through popular Italian blog NUOK, Valerio Piccolo, a talented singer/songwriter from Caserta who splits his time between Rome and New York. We went to see his show at Googie’s Lounge and were captured by the dreamy atmosphere that he was able to create.

Full time translator and part time artist, Valerio Piccolo started to collaborate with Suzanne Vega by translating her poetries, and he soon found himself playing as a supporting artist for her Italian shows, till they decided to work together on the sequel of one of her song, Freeze Tag. Valerio wanted to imagine what would happen to the protagonists of the song if they met 25 years later, so he wrote another song, called “Suono nell’Aria/Freeze Tag”, featuring Suzanne Vega herself, where he narrates, in Italian, such encounter. The song is part of Valerio’s latest EP which was released a couple of weeks ago and which he’s now promoting through a series of shows around Italy.


Valerio Piccolo’s new EP cover

He has already received a very good feedback from the public and the media, and his video for the single was premiered on Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Because we like his work and he’s grown to be a frestyl’s supporter, we’ve decided to join forces and organize a show here in Rome where he will perform his songs with other musicians in Trastevere, at Il Cantiere, on the 12th of July.

We would like to invite you all to this event, so that you’ll get to see Valerio performing in a rather cozy environment before he becomes big and famous, and we’ll take this as an opportunity to celebrate together the Roman summer. How does it sound?

:: the frestyl team

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Registrati e falli registrare su frestyl e poi scegline uno da portarti gratis al concerto di Adam Green al Radar Festival di Padova!

frestyl, il social network per promuovere e scoprire le serate musicali, annuncia una partnership con il Radar Festival, che si tiene a Padova da giugno ad agosto e ospita artisti come Yuck, Adam Green, I’m From Barcelona e Brunori Sas.

Per festeggiare insieme a voi questa nuova partnership, vi offriamo 2 biglietti per il concerto del 6 luglio di Adam Green.

Cosa fare:
– registrati su www.frestyl.com se non l’hai ancora fatto
– convinci tutti i tuoi amici che amano la musica a registrarsi
– fai l’attend all’evento
– mandaci un’email a info@frestyl.com con la lista degli amici che hai convinto a registrarsi (link al profilo frestyl o anche solo il loro nickname)

Chi vince i 2 biglietti??
Quello che riesce a far registrare più amici naturalmente!

Il termine per partecipare è il 4 luglio, per cui affrettati!!


Logo del Radar Festival di Padova

:: il team di frestyl

We’ve already talked about Dancity, one of the summer festivals frestyl has become media partner for. We love this electronic music festival, and as the festival is coming up (1-2 July) we want to talk about it more in depth here. The lineup for this year’s edition (called “Back To The Future”) includes: DJ Krush, John Talabot, Balanescu Quartet, Filastine, Elektro Guzzi, Oorutaichi, Tim Exile, Steffi, Arandel + Dancity Ensemble, Scuba, Dixon, Populous, Luminodisco, Apes on Tapes and many many others.


Dancity logo: green version

Most of these names might not sound familiar to most people (who are not so involved in the electronic music scene), including myself, but the minds behind Dancity have years of experience in the music business to able to select the best experimental performers of the international scene. And we trust them. So these dozens of musicians will perform in different historical locations of Foligno, Umbria, over the course of two intense days, and we will be there to experience it all.

For the occasion, we’ve also interviewed the founders of Dancity and asked them a couple of questions on the festivals and not only. Here it comes:

Can you tell us a little bit about the Dancity Festival?

Dancity is a voluntary association born in 2006, based in Foligno (central Italy) formed by 20 music lovers. We curate and produce Dancity Festival, this year on the 1st and 2nd of July, and other events during the rest of the year in the region and in other parts of Italy.
It is an important way for us to give a contribution to the place we live in by doing something we love and believe in.

How do you select your artists?

Well, after the festival every year we start choosing the winter events and artists, so names will come up and some of them we might think are more appropriate for the festival, others for our winter club nights. It is an ongoing process which takes most of the year.

Your festival is held in historical and suggestive locations in Foligno, like Santa Caterina. Do you think the location affects the experience of the festival?

Definitely! That is something we love about the festival and we hope will continue. It is a magical experience to see an electronic music festival in a medieval church, like the auditorium San Domenico and Santa Caterina; Palazzo Candiotti is amazing too! It gives a stronger character to the festival and it grows within the city.

The concept of the festival this year, as a matter of fact, is “Back to the Future” because we wanted to emphasize the link between the past and the future and how important it is not only to have a strong history but also a positive and constructive idea of the future.


Dancity logo: black version

What do you think differentiates Dancity from other electronic music festivals?

The locations and the ability to grow within and with the city. It’s inclusiveness, creativity and dedication. These are all aspects that we think are not only perceivable to us as volunteers but also leeks out to the public.

How has the festival changed and evolved since the first edition?

It has grown a lot! In terms of visibility, budget, complexity and public. The number of volunteers has grown too!

Can you give us a couple of thoughts on the current situation of the Italian music scene?

There is a lot going on, quietly, but there is. Things have drastically changed during the past years, mostly because state funding for the arts has almost disappeared which makes everything a lot more difficult for music festivals, and therefore for artist too. It is definitely economically a difficult time in Italy but it is also a time of radical change and probably that is something that comes out musically. People seem to have realized to take things, especially music and art, less for granted.

And it’s always refreshing to hear the enthusiasm of people like the ones behind Dancity who try to bring something fresh and new to Italy despite its current political, economical and cultural distress. We will be there to support it, and we suggest you come too!

Don’t forget that you still have the opportunity to become the “frestyl reporter” for Dancity: until the end of this week you can fill in this form and win ticket+press pass for the festival. Com’on and join the magic!

Ecco che si avvicina l’edizione 2011 del Dancity Festival, di cui quest’anno frestyl è media partner. Questo è quanto annunciano a proposito gli organizzatori (che abbiamo intervistato, sopra, in inglese!):

Il Dancity Festival 2011 “Back to the Future” si terrà a Foligno (PG) l’1 e il 2 luglio al complesso dell’Auditorium di San Domenico, a Palazzo Candiotti e all’Auditorium di Santa Caterina. Tradizione e innovazione rappresentano ancora una volta le parole chiave della sesta edizione del Festival, che unisce alcuni dei luoghi più suggestivi ed importanti della città ad una manifestazione di respiro internazionale, ricca come sempre di artisti di altissima qualità. Spazi outdoor e indoor per due giorni pieni di concerti, live & dj set, installazioni, mostre, workshop. Molte le novità di quest’anno: la parte pomeridiana del Festival, che sarà concentrata nel nuovo Auditorium di Santa Caterina; un focus sul Giappone, un paese che, similmente al nostro, ha bisogno di un rapporto dinamico con la propria storia, per conciliare un passato importante e la voglia di futuro; infine la nuova location serale, la corte di Palazzo Candiotti, che si unirà, come di consueto, all’Auditorium S. Domenico.

Come sempre tantissimi artisti internazionali:
DJ Krush (JP); John Talabot (ES); Move D + Juju & Jordash (DE, NL); Balanescu Quartet (RO, UK); Filastine (US); Elektro Guzzi (AU); Oorutaichi (JP); Tim Exile (UK); Steffi (DE); Stian Westerhus (NO); Zan Lyons vs Blade Runner (UK); Space Dimension Controller (IRL); Giuseppe Ielasi (IT); Arandel + Dancity Ensemble (FR, IT); Scuba (UK); Braun Tube Jazz Band (JP); Kink + Neville Watson (BG, UK); James Pants (US); Teamlab Net & Mjuc (JP); Dixon (DE); Felix Kubin (DE); Populous (IT); Luminodisco (IT); AD Bourke (IT); Apes on Tapes (IT); Furtherset (IT).

Dancity è il nostro mondo, il nostro modo di immaginare il futuro: transmediale, transculturale, transnazionale. Dancity è il nostro modo di rispondere alla crisi: un piccolo atto politico contro la crisi dell’immaginario, dell’economia, della cultura. Alla faccia della crisi, noi vogliamo divertirci e vogliamo farlo coi suoni, le visioni e le tecnologie del nostro tempo. E vogliamo farlo qui, a Foligno, dove si cena ancora in osteria, ci si vede in piazza, si dorme col silenzio e le sere d’estate sono calde e accoglienti.
Se dovremo estinguerci, lo faremo almeno con classe. Vieni a Foligno, prima che sia troppo tardi.


Dancity logo: purple version

E con questa premessa non si può che rimanere affascinati e incuriositi da questo festival, che, possiamo assicurarvi noi che ci siamo già stati, promette grandi emozioni. Vi consigliamo perciò di venire anche voi, e, se avete voglia di diventare i nostri reporter ufficiali del festival, avete ancora qualche giorno per compilare l’apposito modulo, che vi dà l’opportunità non solo di scrivere una recensione per conto nostro, ma anche di vincere l’ingresso e l’accredito stampa per il festival. Dunque, cosa state aspettando?


Dancity 2011 teaser

:: karmanet

Like all viral phenomena, a name, a logo and a link shortened to circulate around the web, people had no idea what it was about, but it was spreading, especially within the Italian music environment, and in no time the Facebook page of Soluzioni Semplici (Simple Solutions) had thousands of fans. Just a little while later we found out what the buzz was all about: Soluzioni Semplici is the web TV of Circolo degli Artisti, perhaps the most famous music venue in Rome. A web TV focused on emerging music (mainly Italian) that, in the space of a few months, has already done dozens of interviews and reports, all hosted on its website.


Soluzioni Semplici interview with the new Italian music phenomenon I Cani

And now to properly celebrate a brilliant start, Soluzioni Semplici is organizing a 5 day festival in Rome, at Casa del Jazz, with the best names of the current Italian music landscape, such as Brunori S.A.S, Marta sui Tubi and Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica and a foreign special guest, Joan As Police Woman. frestyl is supporting the festival, and we’re also launching a new contest to become an official frestyl reporter with not one but two winners per night.

Participating in the contest is super easy, all you have to do is fill in this form and submit a review of a music event you’ve recently been to. We’ll select the best submission and the winners will receive a press pass & ticket to the festival, and the opportunity to guest write a review on our blog!


Graphic for the Soluzioni Semplici Festival

Italian version!

Negli ultimi mesi nel circuito musicale italiano di addetti e non è girato, in forma virale, un nome, un logo, un sito che ha pian piano attirato l’interesse del pubblico: Soluzioni Semplici. E come tutti i fenomeni virali di successo, in pochissimo tempo, la pagina Facebook aveva già migliaia di fan, e ancora c’era mistero su cosa davvero fosse questo nuovo progetto. Poi il sito viene lanciato, e si scopre che Soluzioni Semplici è la nuova web tv del Circolo degli Artisti, uno dei locali di musica dal vivo più famosi di tutt’Italia, che già in pochissimi mesi ha sfornato una quantità incredibile di video incentrati sulla musica, con interviste, reportage etc. Un sito giovane, ben curato, che ben rappresenta la voglia di fare di chi vuole svecchiare un po’ questo paese ammuffito.

E per celebrare e rinforzare il successo del progetto, Soluzioni Semplici ha organizzato qui a Roma, alla Casa del Jazz, un festival della durata di 5 giorni (1-5 luglio), che ospiterà alcuni dei nomi più in voga del panorama italiano musicale, da Brunori S.A.S alle Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica, da Babalot al nuovo fenomeno I Cani, e un ospite internazionale d’eccezione, Joan As Police Woman.


Marta Sui Tubi a Soluzioni Semplici

Non solo frestyl supporta il progetto e il festival, ma offre anche, grazie a Soluzioni Semplici, la possibilità di diventare “frestyl reporter” per tutte le date del festival. Non uno ma due saranno i vincitori di questo contest, per cui basta compilare questo form, includendo una recensione di un evento musicale. Se volete andare al festival (e noi lo consigliamo vivamente!), e avere un press pass e la possibilità di scrivere una recensione per noi, questa è la vostra possibilità!

:: the frestyl team

*note: this post has been updated: see bottom for details!*

You can’t avoid noticing the posters for their events here in Rome. Their graphics are loud, fun and beg for your attention. IAM SEXTEEN is the name of a group of creative kids who regularly organize big, themed parties, usually at the venue Rising Love. Clearly their mission is to make you have fun and enjoy themselves in the meantime. We’ve already mentioned that for other promoters like FrigoPop and La Tua Fottuta Musica Alternativa, one of the biggest motivations for organizing music events here in Rome is to give people a bit of hedonistic pleasure. But what else did you expect? Rome lives up to its stereotypes! Who can blame these kids, though, especially at a time where the cultural and political atmosphere is particularly depressing and gloomy.


Two of IAM SEXTEEN posters

The themes of the IAM SEXTEEN parties range from Fashion Victim vs. Zoolander to Disco Casalinga (Disco Housewife) to Soap Opera. They put together a massive set of colorful, funny photos and videos for every party they throw, and ask everyone to dress up according to the theme in the most ridiculous way possible. All of the madness is accompanied by a soundtrack provided by a group of local, electro-pop DJs.

Now that the “indoor” music season is very close to an end and most Roman venues are about to take their summer vacations, the IAM SEXTEEN parties are moving to the seaside and will be held in Ostia at the Open Bar every Saturday from the 28th of May till the end of July. Summer, sea and a fun party seems like a great combo, just what the youth need in the Capital!

As we’ve been talking to these guys over the past few months and have admired what they’ve been doing, we’ve all decided that it was smart idea to partner up and we’re pleased to announce that frestyl will support, with all its might, this summer program of IAM SEXTEEN.

We’ll be putting together a VIP list where all people who attend the IAS events on frestyl will receive special treatment. You’ll get to skip the queue at the entrance and some of you might even score some IAS schwag. Remember, the first party is coming up this coming SATURDAY!!!

Any objections?


Other two IAM SEXTEEN posters

ITALIAN VERSION

Se siete di Roma o siete passati di qui, tra i mille poster di eventi musicali che tappezzano i muri della città ne avrete forse notati alcuni che si distinguono dalla massa: sono colorati, divertenti, hanno un design particolarmente accattivante e sono targati IAM SEXTEEN.

Ho sempre ammirato i ragazzi di IAM SEXTEEN, perchè mi piace la loro grafica e loro filosofia, perché se uno fa dei party a tema deve farli bene come li fanno loro, e perché mi sembra che riescano sia a far divertire che a divertirsi, e non è poco.

E ora che a Roma la stagione musicale “al chiuso” sta per finire e tutti i locali chiudono, sarebbe stato un peccato che finissero anche i party di IAS perché anche d’inverno hanno quel sapore intrinseco d’estate e di sole. E infatti non finiscono. Si spostano solo al mare, dove ha senso che siano, in fondo! A partire da questo sabato fino ad arrivare a Luglio inoltrato dunque i ragazzi daranno a noi cittadini un’occasione per scappare dalle grinfie del cemento infuocato e immergerci nella magia IAM SEXTEEN fatta di musica e colori.

Dato che ci piace quello che fanno e a loro piace quello che facciamo noi abbiamo deciso di metterci insieme per l’estate, per cui seguiremo e supporteremo i loro party, vi consiglieremo di andarci, e se farete l’attend ai loro eventi vi metteremo nella lista frestyl che non solo vi farà saltare la fila ma vi darà la possibilità di avere qualcuno dei preziosi gadget che i ragazzi faranno apposta per le serate.


Promo video for the SEXTEEN SUMMER VILLAGE

Il primo evento, è sabato, 28 Maggio, all’Open Bar di Ostia. E questo è quello che vi attende:

“Dancefllor a bordopiscina, un’happy area con set fotografico ed il nostro idiot corner con i costumi e gli oggetti più stravaganti, un area make up, zucchero filato per tutti, performances, bolle di sapone, giocoleria e tante altre sorprese vi attendono!”

Dunque segnatevelo. E fate l’attend su frestyl per entrare in lista.

Qualche obiezione?

:: karmanet

*UPDATE – 16th June*
IAM SEXTEEN summer party will take place from now on in another location: Bar degli Illuminati, every thursday, with free entry – keep checking their frestyl page!

Imagine an old Italian church with a gorgeous courtyard, in a historical town in the middle of Italy, turned into a stylish auditorium, which on a summer weekend suddenly becomes the stage of an experimental electronic festival that brings hundreds of people to dance all night. This is what happens every year in occasion of Dancity, a festival happening in the Auditorium Santa Caterina of Foligno, in Umbria. We went a couple of years ago and became totally fascinated by this event, a sonic and visual experience hard to forget.


Dancity logo

This year, as we previously mentioned, frestyl has become media partner for Dancity, and we’re proud to announce the first events that proceed the actual festival, which will take place the 1st and 2nd of July. Tonight, the festival has partnered with Roman organisers Exe-Cute to host an electronic music party at Lanificio 159, while next monday (2nd May) Dancity is bringing to Auditorium Santa Caterina, Foligno, in occasion of its inauguration, one of the most innovative electronic music bands of the last few years, The Books. And this is just the beginning…

Dancity has not yet fully revealed the line-up for this year’s festival, but we anticipate that it will be pretty awesome. And we’re soon launching a contest to become frestyl‘s official reporter for the festival, so stick with us!


The Books

Abbiamo già brevemente accennato una delle nuove partnership di frestyl, quella con Dancity, il festival di musica elettronica che si tiene a Foligno tutte le estati, da qualche anno, nello splendido Auditorium Santa Caterina. Dancity è un’esperienza sua uditiva che visiva, uno di quegli eventi che ti portano fuori dal mondo e ti fanno ballare tutta la notte.

Quest’anno il festival è in programma per il primo weekend di luglio (1-2) e, mentre la scaletta ufficiale non è ancora stata annunciata, sono cominciati gli eventi che lo precedono. Stasera, per esempio, Dancity, in collaborazione con Exe-cute, ha organizzato una serata di musica elettronica al Lanificio 159, qui a Roma. Lunedì (2 maggio), invece, all’Auditorio Santa Caterina di Foligno (in occasione della sua inaugurazione) si esibirà live una delle band più innovative della scena elettronica internazionale, The Books.

Gli organizzatori di Dancity descrivono lo show in questi termini:

Immaginatevi di stare in una stanza seduti per terra. Al posto delle pareti una miriade di schermi e su di loro proiettate tutte le esperienze della vostra vita virtuale e non solo. Suoni, colori, sensazioni, eroi, testimonianze, notiziari radiofonici. Gli schermi si spengono e si accendono. Nella confusione iniziate a capire la perfetta razionalità e armonia che c’è nella danza, fra le immagini e i suoni che vi circondano. Vi ritrovate inermi ascoltatori di un patchwork emozionale, di un mosaico multisensoriale e multimediale, in cui non solo la freddezza è ben presto schiacciata dalla solennità delle composizioni che ascoltate, ma ciò che vi viene raccontato è una storia ben precisa, con profonde radici e tradizioni, musicali e non. Un flusso di coscienza informatizzato e costantemente in divenire, una testimonianza epilettica della generazione dei videogames e delle flash news. Tutto questo è ascoltare i “The Books”.

Non siete curiosi ora?

Ricordiamo anche che presto annunceremo un contest per diventare il reporter ufficiale di frestyl per il Dancity, per cui preparatevi!


The Books – A Cold Freezin’ Night

:: karmanet

In our blog posts we have already mentioned many times Rockit, the website centred around Italian emerging music. All the hipsters who follow the indie music scene in Italy know about it, but we feel that even more people should discover this resource as it truly is the leader when it comes to discovering great Italian music of all kinds. Rockit also organises the biggest summer festival for emerging Italian music, MIAMI, a 3-day event in Milan which is attended by about 15K people and where the frestyl crew has so far spotted some of its favorite bands, including the ones that came to NYC with us to play at frestyl’s showcase at the Northside festival last year (e.g., Serpenti, LE-LI).

In addition, over the past few years Rockit has organised another event which I find really remarkable, a celebration of Italian music all around the country, called Maledetta Primavera. Basically every venue can take part in this event by inviting their favorite Italian bands to play and branding the concert as “Maledetta Primavera” (“Damn Spring”). This year’s edition of Maledetta Primavera, taking place on the 19th of March, has already seen over 100 venues subscribing to the event, and the number is growing every day. It’s a pretty simple and straight-forward format, but it contributes to creating a bigger awareness of the amount of Italian music currently circulating through live shows all around the country. Maledetta Primavera wants to give a voice to this growing phenomenon, allowing it to emerge from the limited space of small and medium local venues and making it become a more accessible and, at the same time, relevant, event.


Poster for Maledetta Primavera

Rockit is telling us that we should have a day when we officially celebrate Italian music, but not the mainstream music that people usually hear on the national radio or see playing on MTV. In addition, this year Maledetta is trying to reach outside of Italy and demonstrate how the barriers that usually contain Italian music within the country are now being loosened up as many bands have already managed to reach an international audience and play shows abroad. So this year’s edition of the festival is supposed to include concerts in Slovenia, London and hopefully New York.

In all this, frestyl has been called out by Rockit to help out with this “internationalization” project and we were very excited by the idea of working with them, not only because we respect them, but also because making Italian music more internationally known has been one of our missions since the beginning (see again our showcases in NYC). In addition, frestyl is lending a technical edge to the festival by presenting the entire program on Maledetta Primavera’s frestyl page and linking the hundreds of events to its Facebook and Twitter accounts. And finally, the Rockit guys were pretty excited to see all their events on frestyl’s iPhone app, and we have to say we’re psyched too.


Snapshot of all the concerts of Maledetta Primavera on frestyl

Going back to the music, Maledetta Primavera is first of all a local event in which people from different cities and villages can celebrate their favourite local (or not) bands. But also, the festival can become a great occasion for music fans to plan a daily trip around Italy driven by the desire to follow a specific band or the curiosity towards a specific type of Italian music. For instance, if you’re looking for some Italian singer-songwriters you could go to Livorno to see Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica playing at The Cage, or near Siena to see Paolo Benvegnù playing at Mattatoio, or finally to Milano to see our friend Davide Brace (whom we met and saw playing in New York) at Il Tornio. On the other hand, if you’re looking for more rock-oriented Italian bands you can go to Perugia and check out Verdena playing at Urban, or to Padova to see The Zen Circus at Pedro. Finally, if you’re looking for Italian bands with a more international sound, you could go to Macerata to see The Niro playing at Groove, to Salerno to see A Toys Orchestra at Ju Bamboo or finally to Ascoli Piceno to see our LE-LI at Brevevita.

If you are or happen to be in Rome, we’ve already mentioned last week in our interview with Frigopop, that the second day of RomaPopFest, will take place in conjunction with Maledetta Primavera. Spread out over two venues, Mads and Le Mura, various bands including Young Wrists and I Quartieri will play.

Here’s a little teaser of some of the bands that will play during Maledetta Primavera:

The Niro – Liar


Verdena – Razzi Arpia Inferno E Fiamme


The Zen Circus & Brian Ritchie – Figlio di Puttana


A Toys Orchestra – Peter Pan Syndrome

These are only a few of the over 100 concerts with emerging Italian music that will take place all around the country and not only on the 19th of March. To find out the full program, check out the website and the frestyl, Facebook and Twitter pages of Maledetta Primavera. In the meantime, we’ll go to speak with the organizers of the festival and will come back with all the insights in another great bi-lingual interview.

Stay tuned…

:: karmanet

PS: For non-Italians who don’t know where the name “Maledetta Primavera” comes from I found a great self-explanatory video that you can find HERE as its creator has disabled embedding.