Gioli & Assia Talk Borderline and Producing! [Heard It From Nas: Interview]

We had the chance to chat with Italian tech-house DJ’s and producers, Giolì & Assia! We asked them about their new single ‘Borderline’ and learned more about their producing process. Read on below to learn more about this Italian duo!


We know you have just come out with your new single ‘Borderline’. What was it like for you and Assia writing this song? What was the creative process/inspiration behind it?

‘Borderline’ is the second track in our upcoming debut album, Instantanee. It tells the story of someone who can’t live with or without their partner because they are both the poison and the cure of their illness. The storyteller has to live with an unstable sense of self-identity and the feeling of emptiness that they would experience if their partner were to leave them. Although they know the pain that remaining in the relationship is causing them, they can’t give it up and instead choose to escape reality by telling themself, “close your eyes and try to leave the world behind”. However, unlike the lyrics, the music communicates a sense of revolt. The ethnic percussion and beat create a pressing rhythm, which conveys strength and recovery.

What do you need to have around you and/or a location that you need to be in for you to start your song-writing and producing process?

Giolì: We are used to producing in our studio where we have all the instruments and gear that we need. We usually begin the production process by creating the music and melody first, followed by the lyrics. However, sometimes we’ll do things a little differently. For instance when I started working on “Paradise To Share”, I wrote the lyrics with the help of the guitar in my little room. It really depends on the moment.

Assia: Sometimes it depends on finding new sounds and how much they inspire us. If they inspire us everything comes easily.

What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you?

So many. We love puppies and Disney cartoons. We both love Indonesia, and we love to draw and paint.

What made you decide to go the non-traditional route and create your own label agency [Diesis], instead of being signed to a major agency like other artists in your genre?

We didn’t have a choice. We had to do it to be able to share our music with our fans because no other label wanted to put our records out. We are very proud of our path! Having a label is very comforting, but the downside is that we’re limited in our audience reach, which is something that a major label doesn’t have to struggle with.

How has your music evolved since you first started producing and song writing?

We started producing about two years ago. Since I’ve been playing instruments for so long, composing music definitely came naturally. The most difficult part was learning how to use Logic Pro X. Our music has evolved since we first start producing but you can definitely find elements of our old tracks in our new ones.


Who is your biggest music inspiration? Who do you have a lot of respect for?
We’ve answered this question so many times. We listen to many different kinds of music so we draw inspiration from lots of artists ranging from Paul Kalkbrenner to The XX to Alt-J.

What is one song that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?
Giolì: Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen 
Assia: I’m in love with all Coldplay songs, especially “Lovers In Japan”.
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