Often the brightest lights emanate from the biggest cities. My Dry Wet Mess, a.k.a. Giovanni Civitenga, 27, has spent his life in 2 giants: Rome & Barcelona, but his sound might be easily confused with two others: Los Angeles & London.
Equal parts slack beats & gauzy bass, Boom & slo-synth, Gio’s music goes beyond sound effects to express emotion through the prism of melody. In this realm some call luvstep or purple or wonky, where the guidelines are still being set, young voices can elude easy definition.
Though his father is the bass player for Ennio Morricone’s orchestra & a studio guitarist on numerous Italian records, Gio chose a less traditional route to music. Starting at age 14 with a sampler & an Atari, his experiments in beatmaking eventually grew into multimedia explorations.
“My Dry Wet Mess” is not his first alias; as “Bluermutt” (a name selected from a list of suggestions generated by eBay), Gio explored some of techno’s poppier varieties on a 2008 release for a small label called Nexsound, with a little help from a then-largely-unknown Dorian Concept.
Soon after, Gio moved to Barcelona & began studies in Interactive Design. He developed programs for sound-reactive video performances, which led to an audiovisual collaboration with Daedelus in 2009. Gio demonstrated his software using his own music for reference, & Alfred “Daedelus” Darlington was so impressed that he signed My Dry Wet Mess to his Magical Properties imprint.
My Dry Wet Mess’ debut LP, Irrational Alphabet, is the second release on Magical Properties; & was released earlier this week.
“Etctera” | download
Actress – “Maze (MDWM remix)” | download
Flying Lotus – “Pieface (MDWM remix)” | download