Total Giovanni are a band that emerged out of the creative experimentation of five old friends Vachel Spirason, Julian Lichtenstein, Joseph Charles, Dave Reidy and Matthew Hadley. With varied backgrounds in music, dance and theatre the band played their first show in November 2013 and quickly built a formidable reputation for their unpredictable and incendiary live shows. In addition to displaying a unique musical rapport, these live shows involved visual experimentation and explosive physical performances that combined to set off a word-of-mouth phenomenon.
Within only a few months of their first show, without any promotion or label interest, they were performing sold out club shows at respected venues such as the Toff in Town, Shebeen and Howler.
In 2014 the went in to the studio for the first time and subsequently released a string of four singles, initially on the independent Melbourne label Two Bright Lakes and subsequently with Remote Control records. These songs received a great volume of air play on both RRR and PBS as well as JJJ and received a great deal of positive press include favourable reviews in Pitchfork, The Age and NME.
In 2015 they played Golden Plains festival and despite being arguably the least known act on the bill, their explosive and visually spectacular afternoon performance led to them being honoured by several thousand punters with the elusive golden boot (an except of which can be seen here- youtube link). This breakthrough performance announce Total Giovanni as one of the country's most exciting emerging independent acts and led to the band selling out 5 consecutive nights headline shows at the Gasometer Hotel in May 2015 and bookings to play at some of Australia's most prestigious music festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Sugar Mountain, Secret Garden, Outside In, Beyond The Valley and the opening night of Melbourne Music Week.
In 2015 their self-funded and self-made video clip directed by Sherwin Akbarzadeh won the band many new fans both around Australia and abroad and has since been viewed over 700,000 times across youtube and Vimeo. November 2015 also saw the band nominated for three Music Victoria awards for Best Live Band, Best Electronic Act and Best Emerging Artist.
Total Giovanni continued to play festival shows in 2016 while privately working on writing material for their new album which they hope to record this year. They are currently preparing for their imminent return to Golden Plains 2017 where they will be debuting a completely new visual spectacle to accompany their new musical material. The band are then looking forward to touring this show with a national headline tour booked for April/May 2017. With their 2014/15 singles having now accumulated over 3 million listens on Spotify, the band are very much looking forward to bringing new recorded music to their growing fan base world-wide.
TOTAL GIOVANNI - Awake (Official Video)
Total Giovanni - Comes In Waves (Official Music Video)
Total Giovanni - Your Light
Total Giovanni - Can't Control My Love (Official Music Video)
Total Giovanni - live at Golden Plains 2015