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Here you can learn more about Giuseppe Marci aka Swordkilla. The Italian producer opens up about his beginnings, signature sound, and inspirations. Moreover, discover why Australia became his new home and get all the details of his latest single “A Dreamer’s Tale”. Scroll down for the full interview.

1 – When did you start making music?

Everything started in 1999, thanks to my brother, which was a b-boy, getting involved in breakdance led me to get to know funk and the awesome groove of the break-beats. I reckon Def Cut was one of the most influential producers by that time, for me. In 2006 was the time where I started to have a deep interest in vinyl collection, mainly old school rap, soul and funk, leading me to have an automatic immersion in digging into turntablism and beat-making. That was the year where I completely got involved in that and producing specifically for rappers.

2 – How would you describe the Swordkilla sound to someone who has never heard your tracks?

My latest sound has been blended with raw rap from the past, just to name a few; Onyx, Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Premier. And most recently with experimental electronica and trip-hop such as DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, Dauwd, Bonobo and so on. I would say that if you are looking to that old school beat sound from the ’90s and the newest trip-hop, there, is where you’ll find my current style, large spectrum but surely a good connection of styles and messages.

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3 – What inspires you the most, Hip-Hop or Electronic music?

Electronic, as grandmaster Spotify says that I spend too many hours listening to it.

4 – Why did you decide to move to Australia?

It wasn’t in my plan to be honest, till one day. Coming back to Italy was no option. Long story short, I was living in The Netherlands for 4 years, then got eventually tired of it, sold everything as well as my studio, packed 40 liters backpack and went to Thailand and Vietnam backpacking for about a month and a half. In Vietnam, I was running out of money, as mentioned going back to Italy (Sicily) was no option at all, same for The Netherlands, the closest place to make some money was Australia. So, I eventually booked a ticked a few days before my visa ran out in Vietnam, and went to Melbourne, and here I am 2 years after in Western Australia. Not sure if that’s what normal people do.

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5 – How different or similar is the music scene in Australia in comparison to Europe?

A bit different maybe “flat” in certain aspects, even if I must say that Melbourne feels like European for certain aspects, especially about electronic music, there is a large community of tech house producers and events managers, one of them is Eat The Beat, which has a large portion of the event organisation in Melbourne, and god they are dope as hell! Same goes for hip-hop, but that does not feel the way I felt it while living in Rotterdam which had still that 90’s and fresh vibe at the same time, in any aspects b-boys/girls, graffiti scene, rappers. No offense, but I still definitely love the music scene in Europe.

6 – How long did it take you to produce your new single, “A Dreamer’s Tales”?

My latest single “A Dreamer’s Tales” has been produced a couple of years ago, which has been modified sometimes. It took about a month to set it all up when I started, sample research, editing, audio manipulation, and mastering. Only lately I decided to publish it, gotta confess that I have many singles that I never published in the past, so once in a while, I dig back my hard drive and pick one.

7 – Did you use the sampling technique on this tune?

Yes, I did, some samples are from vinyl, some found digging online albums in those amazing rare find blogs. I usually love to dig into old school blogs and find rare Japanese sounds as well as jazz and soul.

8 – Is it right to say this track puts listeners in a relaxing mood?

Yes, definitely, this track is meant to give a chilling vibe as well as a message to keep up with your dreams by not letting negative forces to hold you back.

9 – Are you happy with the end result?

I am, but I want to reach more clarity in my tracks, that’s what I’m working on right now. It might take more time to release new tracks since I’m working on a new, better, studied and clear sound for my music.

10 – Finally, what can expect from Swordkilla in 2020?

Many achievements! I’m working on building a promotional agency that helps musicians reach their target audience, and it’s going very well. With music will be the same, I will be taking more time on producing this year, and I’m planning to deliver the best I can from the last 10 years. I’ve been doing this, so feel free to follow my Spotify page for my next releases.


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Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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