The Heroine’s Journey of Julinko/Giulia Parin Zecchin

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

That I use my voice to create and share visions and emotions.

What is my idea of happiness?

Living in a big space where I can create and spend time with the persons I love.

What is my greatest fear?

Our splendid Earth becoming an arid, grey planet; robotisation.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I can burst into flames.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Chelsea Wolfe, Diamanda Galas, Patti Smith, Connan Mockasin, Anna von Hausswolff, Blixa Bargeld, Caterina Barbieri, William Basinski, Nicola Manzan and many others that don’t come to my mind right now.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I do hug trees very often.

On what occasion would I lie?

If one is bothering me persistently.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

That I have to spend a lot of time by the artificial lighting of the recording room.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

If I close my eyes these are the moments coming to my mind: 2016, contemplating the stage of the most beautiful venue I’ve ever played in (UT Konnewitz in Leipzig), just before the performance; May 2018, the first time Julinko played like a band; 2019, the release of my biggest work so far, the full-leght album Nèktar; September 2020, holding in my hands my book of poems.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I’d like to go back in time and ask my parents to buy a piano and start playing it as a child.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

That of not feeling personally judged by the opinion of the others.

Where would I most like to live?

I am very attracted by extreme natural landscapes, but I can’t say I’d live in a desert or by a glacier. So, well, more seriously, I am currently living in a place which I truly love, an hilly area surrounded by woods. Anyway, sometimes I visualize myself at the opposite pole, living in an house at the seaside. Waking up with the sounds of the waves. Spending time deciding where the water finishes and where sky begins …

What is my most treasured possession?

My voice.

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

My favourite scenario here is a long bridge from which you can see the river flowing from the mountain, at sunset. You can loose yourself in the shades of the mirror created by water and sky. Every time so different. Hard to watch the road and drive straight.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Well, I’m a bit of an hermit now, so I’ll pay homage to a city very close to my heart, something like a “mother” to me, a place that profoundly nortured my artistic visions: Venice. There, in Fondamenta Misericordia, you can find the most extravagant and colourful hangouts.

What books influenced my life and how?

La Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri taught me about corporeality, vision and most importantly, compassion; Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire revelead me a certain jouissance of obscurity; the dramatic oeuvre by Samuel Beckett put it all toghether conveying Existentialism in the form of Minimalism. These are the main principles that moved art inside of me.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

The Disintegration Loop 1.1 BY William Basinski.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Dante Alighieri being himself the traveller of the three reigns in The Divine Comedy; Scheherazade from One Thousands and One Night, Princess Mononoke.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Hildegard of Bingen (composer, writer, mystic); the baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi; Italian songwriter Fabrizio de Andrè; photographer Francesca Woodman; singer and musician Chelsea Wolfe; my cat Vincent.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

I thought “Barry Lyndon” , “Apocalypse Now”, “The Sheltering Sky” …. but my ultimate choice is “8 ½” by Federico Fellini.

What role play stories in my life and work?

I am truly fond of fairy tales, folk tales, mythology and lives of saints too. As a child, my grandmother used to tell me a story before putting me to bed for the afternoon nap: she was always using the same folk material but varying it with elements of her own instantaneous invention. It was the most magic moment of my day and I’m sure her creative fantasy went on me somehow. Then, I’ve been studying literature at school and university most of my life. Even today I have a close relationship with this realm. Apart from writing poems, I’m currently studying vocal technique in a theater academy and I work with stories on a daily basis to exercise.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

Each day is a good day to elevate your skills and potential, feed your imagination!

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Carlo Veneziano: multi-nstrumentalist, sound professional and co-writer of many of my songs. My twin soul.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?

2021 or in any future Sacred Bones Records, Interno Poesia, Vanitas Club.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?

Jim Jarmush, William Basinski, Marina Abramovic. But they talk to me in dreams already.

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?

A new secret band where I don’t play an instrument but just sing. And my new collected poems.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?

I guess mainly on the web, given the actual restrictions. To keep you updated with my music, poetry, vision, publications, follow my IG page

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

If you’re an artist you cannot lie. You are blessed with a shiny damnation.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Ai Fen (musician, performer, curator), Laura Zarrelli (visual artist, photographer), ALOS (musician, performer), Mala Herba (musician, performer, activist), Elisa Fabris (visual artist), Marika Zorzi (journalist, author), Barbara d’Altoé (Fashion Designer).

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