Raised in rural Michigan, the DJ and producer Savile, born Gianpaolo Dieli, has been in constant pursuit of outlets for his creativity and largesse from a young age. His musical interests first took root in rapping and scratch DJing before the influence of Jay Dilla and DJ Premier led him to producing hip-hop instrumentals. Paying the bills as a professional chef, Dieli was drawn to dance music after stumbling upon videos of Jeff Mills mixing, deeply inspired by its limitless nature and ability to elicit a range of emotional responses in dancers.
Moving to Chicago in 2010 helped fill up his DJing schedule, forcing him to hang up the apron in favor of headphones. He has spent the past several years quietly honing in on his own sound: a potently simple, stripped-down distillation of hip hop-derived funk and swing into a house-and-techno palette. “For years, I struggled with overcrowding records with too many ideas,” Savile says. “Then I came to the realization that my most potent dancefloor experiences were in response to the most simple pieces of music: three or four sounds; a kick, a bassline, a hi-hat, a clap. The music I’m making now is a response to that.”