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Downtime: Gioli & Assia's Quarantime Chill mix

Smooth, uplifting progressive house from the Italian duo

  • Funster & Seb Wheeler
  • 23 April 2020

Downtime is a new series that showcases a different side of our favourite DJs. Up next, a mix of chill progressive house from Gioli & Assia

Gioli & Assia have enjoyed a rapid ascent thanks to a signature melodic progressive house style.

The Italian duo formed in 2017 and their driving, mesmerising electronic music has led them to hold down a residency at Privilege in Ibiza and embark on a sold-out US tour, among many more international dates.

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On the buttons, Gioli has been refining her sound since 2016 thanks to a succession of solo releases on the pair's Diesis record label. Assia brings the vocals and together they've released two albums and crafted anthems such as 'Inside Your Head'.

Gioli & Assia are as comfortable playing live as they are DJing, and their Downtime mix is a blend of smooth, uplifting prog house designed to chill you out during lockdown.

Read on for the mix and Q+A about how the pair are spending their time outside of the club.

Where are you right now and how are you both?

We're in Palermo, Italy. We are pretty fine, even if we are scared because of what's going on in Italy right now, and in the rest of the world.

Can you describe what life is like right now and how you’ve adapted?

We took January and February off to work on music, but since then we've had to reschedule most of our shows. So we're working on music and focused on our new live stream series from home, #DiesisLounge. Besides that, we are staying positive, watching Netflix, playing with our puppy, and trying to relax.

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What sort of things have you been keeping yourself busy with?

Our job is 50 per cent live shows, 50 per cent creating new music, so we can keep working, even without touring. We are producing music, writing lyrics, making videos, and more for our fans.

Are there any TV shows or movies you’ve been bingeing?

A lot! We love many TV series and movies from Netflix, like Locke & Key, Selfmade, Elite, The Platform.

Any books you can recommend?

We really love the novels of Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Inferno.

What’s your ultimate stay-at-home recipe?

Assia is the best cook, she is the one leading in the kitchen! Her tiramisù is the best one!

What music have you been listening to?

Since the moment we are doing live sessions every Sunday we are listening to a lot of new underground tracks every day. However we also like to listen Billie Eilish and Girl In Red.

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Describe your Downtime mix?

We started the mix with a brand new version of Habibi, the remix of a newcomer Italian producer. We wanted to give a different vibe to this mix, so the people could enjoy and listen to it even while they work or relax.

Do you have any words of wisdom to accompany the mix?

We are going through the same situation, so just be positive about the future, be strong, stay home and listen to some good music. Oh, and see you on Sunday for our brand new episode of #DiesiLounge!

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