In conversation with Julie Marghilano

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Julie Marghilano has a rich musical heritage, raised in Las Vegas by her jazz musician father and her vocalist mother. She also spent time exploring her Italian roots in Riccione as well as a year in London, finally ending up at her rightful home now in Berlin. An accomplished live musician as well as DJ and producer, she often incorporates the three altogether, featuring live violin and other recordings on her productions and performing violin sound design at her live shows.

Back in 2011, Julie Marghilano formed the label and party Sol Asylum, “a place where your mind and body can go crazy”. With help from her good friend Miss Jools, the label set out to create a fusion of music and visual art through the pairing of international graphic artists with each record. Each release is vinyl-only and is a platform for pushing boundaries in visual and electronic music artistry.

The Sol Asylum parties at Berlin’s iconic venue, Club der Visionaere, are also providing a space to be free and experience quality underground electronic music almost every month. We chatted to Julie about the fusion of the visual and the audible, what makes a brilliant space, and what we can expect from Sol Asylum in the future.

You’ve said you love involving your violin as well as field recordings of raw sounds. What is it about live sounds that you feel a certain attachment to?

I have been playing the violin since I was 10 so it is a natural process for me to experiment with it. I truly believe the future of sounds will be a more 4D experience and with field recordings you already have this capture of a certain sound in a place and time and mood. It is always very interesting to see what comes out of these experiments.

How has your parents’ musical heritage influenced your music?

I grew up in Las Vegas surrounded by musicians and Jazz so I definitely think this has affected my taste and approach with music. When my father would have rehearsals at home I was always fascinated with the drummer’s swing and groove.

The visual element of your releases on Sol Asylum is an important aspect, selecting graphic designers to compose artwork for each record. Do you think this pairing of visual and audible should or could extend to the dancefloor? Could we extend this to the other senses?

I believe that the future of clubbing will be a total sensory experience.  I also think that sound research needs to be developed further for medical use too. There are certain frequencies that cure and effect us at a cellular level and this is incredibly interesting.

You have hosted your Sol Asylum parties at Club der Visionaere for a few years now. What do you look for in a space that makes you want to come back there again and again?

CDV is one of the smallest clubs in the world but it is also one of the cosiest places with a lot of space outside to chill, eat pizza, connect with friends and of course dance until you drop. I think this place will always be unique because it is open almost 24/7 in the summer, so when you play a long set there, you get to really dig deep and push your creative limits. It is hard to find another place that allows you have this kind of artistic freedom.

Having come from a musical background, with a jazz musician as a father and a vocalist as a mother, did you have an awareness of ear protection from an early age?

This was not really talked about when I was young but I think kids need to be informed of this danger at a young age.

Have you noticed a change in attitude towards ear protection since you’ve been immersed in the electronic music scene?

It is definitely something that has affected many colleagues of mine. There needs to be more awareness and publicity about protection.

What projects do you currently have in the pipeline?

I am working on a collab with my dear friend and one of the most talented young producers on the scene, Pressure Point; trying to get my analog live set up and running; and also finishing some tracks for a secret label and project that I have opened this year. I will never kiss and tell so you will just have to keep on guessing :-)

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Written by Alex Pigott