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This piece is part of the Algorhythms project: artists telling stories about music they discovered from humans. Because where we discover music is an important part of its impact, and not all music is discovered through an algorithm.

Sans Soucis on Little Dragon

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When Giulia Grispino was a little girl, her grandmother called her “Sans Soucis.” Translating to “no worries” in English, the nickname was inspired by Giulia’s fearlessness and carefree, joyful attitude towards life—an attitude she’s sought to make manifest as a performing artist. Now in her early twenties, the London-based singer-songwriter performs as Sans Soucis, honoring her Italo-Congolese heritage and youthful spirit. 

Giulia has also made a point of giving back to young musicians in communities near and far. After the release of her first EP in 2018, she designed and facilitated a series of music workshops for children at the Mthunzi Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. And in London, she supports students as a music educator at the Abram Wilson Foundation. 

On her second EP Unfinished, released in April, Giulia returns to her childhood to address questions of suffering, healing, freedom, and love. “When I decided to embark on this project of mine, it felt like my songwriting had to be in tune with my childhood,” she told Audiofemme. “Experience makes us heavy, but I wanted to make sure my music was liberating for me and other people.” In keeping with that mission, Unfinished’s three tracks balance swelling instrumentals and haunting lyrics with delicate vocals, juxtaposing heaviness with lightness. 

For her Algorhythm, Giulia gives thanks to the track that changed her life and the friend that brought it to her attention.

Every time I get to know a new person, I think it’s almost natural for me to share some of my favourite records. I think it says a lot about who you are…especially if you’re an artist. When I met for the first time Davide Shorty, an incredible Italian artist and producer, we spent days sending music to each other. One day he sent me this record, Little Dragon by Little Dragon, and said “I know you will love this,” He was right. This record changed my life and I couldn’t be more grateful for this gift.

Stay tuned for a new single from Sans Soucis and Davide Shorty this Friday and listen to the full Algorhythms playlist here.

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