7 Italian artists you should know

Italy is already well known for its food, wine and culture, now it’s time to get to know their music. The recently launched Italia Music Export are excited to be showcasing Italian music worldwide and have several artists coming to the UK to perform at this years Great Escape Festival.

Some of the artists are already making a name for themselves with JoyCut set to perform at Robert Smith’s Meltdown festival and having previously toured with bands such as Arcade Fire, Editors, Art Brut, Modest Mouse and Sebadoh. Indie folk Singer-Songwriter Fabrizio Cammarata has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Patti Smith, Daniel Johnston, Emiliana Torrini, and his recent album “Of Shadows” was produced with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, Editors, REM). Post Punk Band Husky Loops performed a live session at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studio for Huw Stephens and a session for KEXP at Trans Musicales as well as supporting artists including Placebo, The Kills, Spoon, Sunflower Bean, Yak & Estrons.

As well as the 3 artists playing at The Great Escape, there are also 4 artists performing at the Alternative Great Escape on Tuesday 17th May.  Bubbling under are artists such as Joan Thiele,  a pop singer-songwriter of Italian, Swiss and Colombian heritage who was nominated Best New Artist at the Italian MTV Awards. Folk singer songwriter Wrongonyou who has featured in Rolling Stone and Billboard and performed at Primavera Sound and SXSW. He also composed the film soundtrack for ‘Il Premio’ directed by Alessandro Gassman. Then there is Bruno Belissimo an Italian-Canadian dj/producer and multi-instrumentalist influenced by Italo/space disco classics and original soundtracks of Italian horror/sci-fi movies from the 70s and Weird Bloom a psych pop band started by singer/songwriter/guitarist Luca Di Cataldo who has also collaborated with Don Bolles of Ariel Pink.

Artist Gigs

Thursday 17th May
Wrongonyou – 12:00pm, BPM Concerti: Breaking Out, North Lane Brewhouse
Joan Thiele – 1:00pm,  BPM Concerti: Breaking Out, North Lane Brewhouse
Weird Bloom – 2:00pm, BPM Concerti: Breaking Out, North Lane Brewhouse
Bruno Belissimo – 3:00pm,, BPM Concerti: Breaking Out, North Lane Brewhouse
Husky Loops –  8:00pm, Wagner Hall

Friday 18th May
Fabrizio Cammarata – 8:00pm, The Old Courtroom, 118 Church St
JoyCut – 8:30pm, Queens Hotel, 1-3 Kings Road

Saturday 19th May
JoyCut – 7pm, The Arch, 187-193 Kings Rd

About The Artists

Bruno Belissimo
Bruno Belissimo is an Italian-Canadian dj/producer and multi-instrumentalist. Influenced by Italo/space disco classics and original soundtracks of Italian horror/sci-fi movies from the 70s and 80s, he will bring at TGE his ‘Infradisco’ live show with a bass guitar and programmed audio and video. His new album ‘Ghetto Falsetto’ will be released on May 4th via La Tempesta.


Fabrizio Cammarata
Singer-Songwriter Fabrizio Cammarata from Palermo tells intimate stories of love and loss through his distinctive soulful voice and elegant guitar mastery, mesmerizing audiences from stages great and small across the globe. Sharing stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Patti Smith, Daniel Johnston, Emiliana Torrini, he has honed his uniquely romantic interpretation of indie-folk. A life lived is condensed into the new album “Of Shadows”, that was produced with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, Editors, REM) and released on 800A/Kartel Music Group and Haldern Pop Recordings on November 17th, 2017. Fabrizio’s songs have gained international radio airplay and led to media attention from Drowned in Sound, Clash, Popmatters and Paste Magazine. His  new single ‘“You’ve Been On My Mind” + bside (Bside – “Case of You” cover) are scheduled to be released on May 4th.


Live session at Paste Magazine’s studios:

Husky Loops
Made up of Danio (vocals & guitar), Pietro (drums & samples) and Tommaso (bass), Husky Loops first met at school in Bologna, Italy. Fast forward fifteen years to a relocation to London to study at music college and the Royal College of Art, they joined forces to form their ultimate creation, which started just over two years ago. Since putting their debut track ‘Dead’ online at the start of 2016 they immediately gained interest and attention for their unorthodox take on modern rock music, which was followed by their debut EP ‘Husky Loops’ and their latest brand-new single ‘When I Come Home’. With hugely successful tour supports with Placebo, The Kills, Spoon, Sunflower Bean, Yak & Estrons, Husky Loops have gained a lot of attention for their ferocious live show performing various headline shows.

Live performance for KEXP at Trans Musicales

Joan Thiele
Joan Thiele is a singer-songwriter of Italian, Swiss and Colombian heritage. As soon as she finished high school, she moved to England to make music, where she developed a unique artistic personality, also thanks to the music she listened to when she was a child (Led Zeppelin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Her first EP was published in 2016, and that same year she was nominated Best New Artist at the Italian MTV Awards. In 2017 she has been chosen by the Italian National Radio Rai Radio Due to represent the country at the Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival in Groningen. “Polite”, her latest single, anticipates the new album set for release in 2018.


JoyCut makes music for the future, weaving its sound from a mass of electronics and two drum kits. Orchestral breathings, cinematic saturations, tribal drumming and industrial percussion. The three-piece Italian band design atmospheric layers of sound with a dark edge, a massive beat, a twitching melancholy and inventiveness that makes them hypnotic in their power and imagination. The last album, PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround took the band to new heights, evidenced by the album’s continued success, with a never-ending tour of over 300 dates across North America, Asia and Europe. With the digital mantra #JoyCutNeverStops the band touched more than 60 countries, culminating in a Top 5 European Talent Exchange Programme [ETEP] position. Following a successful TEDx performance in Verona and inspired by their recent vivid travels to the East, JoyCut played a sold-out Venice Biennale show debuting their new six-act “Opera” K O M O R E B I, a soundtrack tribute to Japan: a combination of their dramatic music with visual art chapters that created a world to get lost in. JoyCut will be honoured to bring all the shades of their dreamscapes of blue-tinged beauty to Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival. Commitment to environmental issues has led JoyCut to participate in many sustainability green projects and campaigns. The band are now working on their fourth album and plan to release in 2019.

Live performance at Audiotree:

Weird Bloom
Weird Bloom started in 2015 with the original name of ‘Weird Black’ by singer/songwriter/guitarist Luca Di Cataldo. With the former name, the band released their debut full length “Hy Brazil” in 2016. He collaborated with Don Bolles (of Ariel Pink) as the co-producer of an album still being developed. In the meantime, Luca composed ‘Blisstonia’, eleven tracks of psychedelic-pop so perfect to make it difficult to believe the band is actually based out of Rome, Italy. ‘Blisstonia’ was released in January 2018 and the band is now touring clubs and festivals worldwide.  Having recently performed at SXSW Weird Bloom were also selected by NPR as one of their favorite acts at the event.


Wrongonyou fell in love with folk music and managed to give voice to his heart. His first EP “The Mountain Man” was published by Carosello Records in 2016, while at the beginning of 2018 the single “Prove it” anticipated his first album “Rebirth” which came out on March the 9th 2018. This album is the result of a satisfying journey among many festivals and venues through Italy and abroad: he had the chance to play at Eurosonic, Primavera Sound, Europavox, Bime, SXSW and Home Festival.

Live performance at Spotify Italia:

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Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity



About the Italia Music Export – SIAE

Italia Music Export is Italy’s first music export office, founded by SIAE in Novembre 2017. Its aim is to promote Italian music worldwide, boost music export revenues and to support Italian music companies going global. While supporting the Italian music business, Italia Music Export also advises and assists international professionals interested in working with Italian artists and companies. We can:

  • Provide access to information on Italian artists and companies
  • Put you in touch with Italian artists, management, booking agencies, labels and other companies
  • Organise networking events with Italian industry professionals (in Italy and abroad)
  • Invite you to Italian festivals and conferences
  • Keep you updated on the Italian music industry and help you discover new Italian music (subscribe to our newsletter and listen to our playlists!)
  • Give advice and information on the Italian music industry

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