In Conversation with Adiel
Adiel – coming from the Italian underground and rising vastly, provided us a wild set at Neopop Festival 2022 and we can still feel her rhythmic grooves in our bodies!
Having started her DJ career at the Goa Ultrabeat parties in Rome, Adiel soon gained recognition in the Italian and international electronic music industry. In 2016, she started her own label Danza Tribale that represents a platform for techno dynamics and freedom of expression. The electro/dub-influenced techno artist has released several EPs and tracks while playing her tribal, deep and rhythmic sets on prime stages around the world – Berghain, Neopop, De School, Dekmantel and OffSónar, where she had her first Boiler Room, to name a few.
During this conversation we talked about the progressive techno scene, her label Danza Tribale, her sound and inspirations and much more…
How did you find your way into the electronic music scene – how did it all start for you?
Everything started inside a Club.
Undoubtedly Goa Club represents my roots and the beginning of my career.
Being a resident DJ, having a connection with an audience and being able to relate to international artists were fundamental to finding my own way.
What are some of your musical and artistic influences and inspirations?
I grew up listening to Autechre, Kraftwerk, Boards of Canada, Burial, Muslimgauze… It is a long list and all these artists oriented me towards the sound that defines me today.
Your sound can be described as tribal and deep, rhythmic and developing but you are also experimenting and including new musical input – what directions are you heading to with your sound?
I’ve always tried to develop my sound based on the approach of a ritualistic tool of transformation and symbol of collective experiences, but also clusters of natural elements therefore symbol of a deeper connection with the natural world. Now I am leading into deeper musical journeys.
Your label Danza Tribale represents a platform for techno dynamics holding a variety of sound identities. How do you discover new artists and in what direction does the label head to?
It’s continuous and evolving research.
I like to play with versatility and experiment completely different atmospheres.
Danza Tribale’s next releases will lay the groundwork for a new direction that will develop the concept of masks and relate its different identities in music.
Allover, you are a multidisciplinary creative, experiencing music as your main expression of art. What other forms of art are you inspired by?
I’ve always experienced the impact of combining different arts together and that’s where most of the inspiration comes from.
In what way have these artistic experiences, especially your passion for techno, helped you in discovering yourself, your identity?
Every step is a unique experience and a chance to learn something more about yourself I guess.
All the artistic experiences I had helped me grow and identify my goals to pursue them in the best way!
Techno is shaped by so many spheres that make the genre and its community so diverse yet specialized, emotional yet raw. What does techno make special to you personally?
Techno is a state of mind for me.
A moving force made of very intimate emotions.
And since techno also represents a steady moving and developing genre and scene – what direction, would you say, are we heading to right now and in the future?
I think we are living in a time where form has more impact than its substance.
At first Covid gave us the impression we could change this but reality is going towards another direction.
I think this applies also to techno and music in general.
First MySpace, Facebook, then Instagram and now Tik Tok are a huge part of an artist’s promotion right now, including myself.
On one side these represent a democratic tool to promote yourself and your art but on the other your creativity and artist freedom are put to the test.
I think this is why playing with vinyl is so important to me; it still gives me that “material” feeling which allows me to reconnect quickly with my artistry.
At Neopop Festival 2022 you blessed us with an electrifying and rhythmic set we still can feel in our bodies. How did you experience the festival?
The festival was wild! The Stage and the crowd even more! One of the Summer’s spotlight for me!
We are excited about what the future holds for you! What are some of your upcoming projects, gigs or releases?
I am very excited as well! In the next future I will release a solo EP and a collaboration with Italian duo Tamburi Neri on my label Danza Tribale we’ve been working on in the last year.
Interview by THORE DAMWERTH