Sunday Spotlight: Sans Soucis

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1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

Hi, My name is Giulia Grispino. I’m a 23 year-old singer songwriter based in London but I’m originally Italo-Congolese. I perform under the name of Sans Soucis and I was recently funded by PRS For Music Foundation, for the program “Women Make Music”.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

I write most of my compositions on electric guitar, but my style is rooted in R&B and indie music, with a flavour of jazz.

I listen to many different genres of music but I would say I am very intrigued by unusual compositions, not really edgy but simply interesting and refreshing.

Some of my favourite artists are Laura Mvula, Florence + The Machine, Fatoumata Diawara, Lianne La Havas, Lauryin Hill… and the list goes on.

I love to play intimate sets, but I’m also a huge fan of stadium and festivals, so at moment I’m really working on writing ‘heavier’ compositions, to be slightly more flexible and challenge myself.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

I started composing music three years ago, because I’ve always felt I had a voice that I could use to share something true about myself and the way I see life around me.

I want to inspire people the way many artists have done with me.

I’ve always been told I was a singer but, on my 20th birthday, I decided to buy myself a guitar and learn how to play it.

I spent the next six months writing songs almost everyday, because I would get so excited each time I discovered a new chord or strumming technique and after a year of playing, I decided to buy an electric jazz guitar, with which I did my very first gig as Sans Soucis.

Before getting my first guitar, I would not even have imagined the most remote possibility of me playing an instrument, at present, I cannot picture myself without it!

Playing guitar gave me the option to be in charge of my creative process and be myself.

4. Stage or studio?

I love being on stage. That’s the reason I decided to pursue this career. I want to connect with people and with their deepest emotions, because music for me is a spiritual experience. It is not easy to allow that fragile dimension to sparkle through your performance each time, but I truly believe that this is a challenge that is necessary for me to form myself as confident and proud human being. I couldn’t have chosen a most challenging career, according to my shy-extrovert personality.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

I’m a very old fashion songwriter and I generally compose with my guitar and voice only, occasionally writing on piano as well.

I’ve recently been experimenting with producing a song from scratch and that’s something I’m not totally comfortable with, but I’m slowly learning how to enjoy it.

I use an Epiphone Dot Standard and a Victory Sheriff 22 amp, whose marriage is just pure delight for my ears, keeping me always inspired to play and learn more. As I love simplicity, I don’t usually play with pedals, but just a light reverb, even though I’m starting to experiment with it on the production of my music.

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

I love jazz guitars and I instantly fell in love with my Epiphone, whose sound is delicate but still very warm. I also find it quite beautiful!

When I perform I tend to have very little tone on my guitar, because I like a dark sound, which combined with my voice sounds perfectly balanced.

The Shure SM58 is a very good microphone and most venues will have it, but at home, in my recording set-up, I use SM7B by Shure, which works very well on soulful voices with wide ranges.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

You can find my debut single as solo artist “They Asked Me to Stay” on all social media platforms.

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