Introducing Gaudi, the Magnetic Italian multi-instrumentalist
Gaudi's spacious grooves and psychedelic jazz prog are the sound of this multi-instrumentalist following his instincts
Daniele Gaudi spent a lot of his time as a child in a hospital, suffering from crippling asthma. Unable to go out much, he read and watched TV. However, his life changed at seven years old when he and his parents visited family friends. As the adults talked in another room, young Daniele found a piano. “I pressed one key and felt like I’d been catapulted into heaven,” he says. “The surprising thing is I started playing music from the adverts on TV that I’d heard, the only music I knew at the time, with both my right and left hands.”
Not having played before, the experience was utterly transformative. “That was the light at the end of the tunnel and for the first time I had the idea that this was what I wanted to do in life.”
Following his signing to PolyGram in the 90s, his career success beyond his native Italy took off, garnering a high-profile reputation in dub, dance, rap, reggae, world music and electronica. The commercial success of 2004’s Bass, Sweat & Tears and Dub Qawwali (2007), featuring his reimagining of sacred singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, might have given him a lucrative niche, but he wasn’t interested in staying still.
“Another human being might simply carry on doing the same thing over and over in the same field, but for me, that’s the moment where I need to change.”
For his latest album Magnetic, he was given access to the multitrack tapes selected from RareNoise Records’ back catalogue. Emphatically not remixes of existing pieces, for this Gaudi created brand new compositions and has since put together a band, The Gaudi Allstars, to perform the resulting music in concert.