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From techno to pc music, L I M dives into clubbing with his new album Glowing

A tribute to the clubbing culture in a more mature and thoughtful, but intimate and instinctive album with many influences

This spring brought us the first full-length album from L I M, titled Glowing, and released by the independent label La Tempesta International. The Italian songwriter and musician, based in Milan, has been a luminous presence in the alternative music scene for many years, starting as half of the Iori’s Eyes duo around the age of twenty and then as a solo act. After a couple of ep, C O M E T (2016) and Higher Living (2018), and after a tour as a bass player in Myss Keta’s band, L I M was ready to present the first single of this new project, BUBU, and then the full album, Glowing.

The importance of working with the right people

Bright, radiant, luminescent: glowing is a word that shines and shimmers. About the title, L I M says that «It’s a word that I like very much. It makes me think of gay stuff, which is beautiful, and it means a flourish. A different approach to music and songwriting, more vital, brighter and capable of illuminating what is around it».

The album’s overall sound is a sort of fancy tribute to the clubbing culture. From the sonic research to the structure of its songs, everything seems more mature and thoughtful. But at the same time intimate and instinctive. It results from a longtime collaboration between L I M and RIVA (Stefano Riva), Dj and producer. 

Moving into club music

«Working with a producer as RIVA is important because he helps me experiment and focus on ideas. Glowing is different from both two EPs. First of all, because I wrote them when I was younger and in a shorter time. They contained ideas that have developed best over the past few years and finished in this album, too. But it is very different because I felt the need to move more into clubbing music. Before the pandemic and the total closure of all music venues, I started going to clubs more and performing as a Dj. I don’t know if my Dj sets were funny or not, but I was doing it. I have also changed the music I was listening to, so everything has merged into the songs of Glowing».

Two years ago, L I M collaborated with the songwriter Giungla for the single 1986. «In 1986, there was my new intention, my tension towards the club music. There was the new L I M». In this period, the reference artists for L I M have been many and different from each other, in a spectrum ranging from house to techno, from pc music to much more. «I have listened to famous artists, such as Arca and Sophie, or as producers from Detroit techno, and little-known artists, like Mechatok. I shared everything with RIVA, so we worked together to create the sound and the intention of Glowing».

LIM with the new track Fire, Spotify artwork
LIM with the new track Fire, Spotify artwork

Facing tough times to become stronger

At the beginning of his path in music, both on stage and in the studio, L I M was the half of Iori’s Eyes. A sophisticated and emotional art-pop project delivering gentle harmonies crafted by vintage keyboards, dreamy and feverish guitar chords, electric whispers with a dub and soul touch. «It was a long time ago. We were very young. That was a band. Now my approach to writing and music is completely different. On the side, being a solo artist can be tough because sometimes you feel a deep loneliness. But, on the other side, if you can overcome some obstacles and make it, you feel stronger. However, if I look around me, I am not alone. I am surrounded by people who give me great strength».

Isolation and pandemic

In the last two years, he had faced a very demanding and challenging personal journey when the physical and psychological consequences of a global emergency pandemic had to be managed. As an artist and performer, he did not have the opportunity to play live and meet his supporters. «It has been an intense and tough time. In 2019 I was saying stop with live gigs and Dj sets because I was feeling big things, and it was increasingly hard to expose myself to being on stage with that body and that identity, thinking about how people saw me. I went into a deep crisis. Then the first lockdown came for the pandemic. In the first period, when we all stopped, it was weird but therapeutic to put a stop to everyday life for a while. It facilitated the break that I had decided to take. Then, absolutely no, it was bad. Isolation from family, work, social relationships, and everything else made the restart very difficult and full of problems, considering that I had become aware of the path I wanted to take and am pursuing. I still feel tested».

Back on stage and take the music life again

Last summer, when gigs and concerts restarted with some restrictions, L I M was on tour as a bass player with the band of Myss Keta, a controversial and ironic singer, rapper, and performer, who represents diversity and weirdness against any pretense of respectability of the right-thinking Italian society. «That experience was my first attempt to expose myself. I was on stage and on tour with helpful and inclusive people I trusted. They have managed my difficulties and problems with meeting people who, for example, are not prepared to relate to trans people (not to say transphobic…). So, I understood that I could move on to the next level».

As a part of a band, L I M felt the emotion of meeting the crowd again and introducing himself to the audience with a new identity. He discovered again what a music artist’s life is, his life. «I realized anew how beautiful, even if tiring, it is to be a musician, play concerts, go on tour, and play live music. Unfortunately, these last two years demonstrated that politics do not understand the importance of live music: it is important not only for all the people working on it but also for everybody because we need to live those experiences and feel those emotions from live music».

Standing up for minorities

In 2020, he put his face in Spotify’s Unlike Any Other campaign in a passing moment for himself. «These initiatives have their value in terms of representation. There is very little representation. How many Italian trans people do you know who sings? I’ll tell you: a few. It is difficult to expose yourself. You feel alone. Two years ago, when I participated in that campaign, I questioned my identity, so I set myself as a non-binary person because it was the closest thing to the thousands of questions I was asking myself. The experience was positive but difficult. After having deepened the critical judgment on how these things are done (on digital platforms and media, on music spaces), I have to note with regret that, for example, playlists are cis, there is no intersectionality, and many concepts are missing. There is no information. And it is not even because people do not want to do things better, but because the cultural growth mechanism is very slow. I hope and imagine that this will change in ten years. Finding certain closures, even in spaces that should be open, it pains me».

Lgbtqia+ community

In the media, but also among the ordinary people, we talk about Lgbtqia+ or queer community. Still, each one can find a different meaning in this expression, and each one can enable a personal sense of belonging to this community (or another). For example, «I can consider myself a part of the Lgbtqia+ community, and many people I am getting to know better now, maybe even online, are beneficial, even on practical matters. Advice, suggestions, outbursts, sharing of experiences, empathy, and a different kind of listening are important for those facing this or other paths. More or less often, finding and meeting your own digital or physical community is fundamental support».

There is a need to find open people, willing to welcome and listen to others, starting from your own family and friends and then the people you work with or meet daily. «For example, I am grateful to have met Giada Bossi, who directed the video of my single Bubu, because she understood that we could do something useful for me, for her, and other people, too, working together. She invested time and energy in the project and helped me develop something that alone I could not have done. We all need this kind of attitude, relating to other people in the most respectful way possible. A healthy help, being accomplices of this kind of change, which is cultural and social and affects everyone’s life».

LIM, Glowing, graphic artwork for Spotify
LIM, Glowing, graphic artwork for Spotify

Feeling at home, feeling yourself

L I M’s music is urban. Its sound is like an echo from the city, from a nocturnal and metropolitan landscape. It has a heart beating to the rhythm of electronic music. «The truth is that I can escape from the city, from Milan and its mess, even if now I feel at home where I live now, in the Martesana area. I love it. And yet I don’t even feel like I am in Milan. The otters, the water, the park, a ten-minute road without cars, a slightly wider horizon, a piece of sky. This dimension makes me feel fine. I lived in different districts of Milan, which I loved, each one with its soul. But now I am fine here. I needed a quiet, safe space».

Look is a medium of self-expression

For a performer, the look is a medium of self-expression. A way to communicate the identity or mood of the moment through the colors, the shape of the clothes, and the choice of accessories. «I worked as a model, too, but at a certain point, I began to have a conflicting relationship with fashion and with that job. I felt that my body was being used, and I accepted it, I did what I was asked to do, and I wore what I was asked to wear. My appearance was being used without questioning me, my body, or my feelings. I knew it. Now I am more aware of what a body – my body – means, and, generally speaking, it seems to me that there is more awareness of the human body in society and media. So, I am questioning myself, and my relationship with fashion and clothes is questioning, too. I sold all the clothes I had worn so far. Personally, I feel comfortable with baggy clothes, loose and covering. I like some brands designing gender-neutral clothes. I will gradually understand what will make me feel comfortable and, more important, what will make me feel myself».

LIM

Italian musician, songwriter and performer, based in Milan. After two ep, titled C O M E T (2016) and Higher Living (2018), he was on stage as a bass player with Myss Keta’s band. He published in 2022 his first full-length album, Glowing, out via La Tempesta International.

Claudia Galal

The writer does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article.

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