Giulio Allegretti (born 19 June 1986), better known by his stage name SPOOKYMAN is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and he is known for his one man band show.
He uses to accompany his own voice with a guitar that he modified by substituting its deepest strings for the bass guitar ones. He uses pedals to beat drums, made of items found in old vintage markets: his bass-drum is truly an old suitcase in a coated board and a tin box for biscuits is instead of a snare-drum. He stresses tercets, octaves, sixteenths with a rusty charleston, and, sometimes, he enriches his compositions with samples pre recorded on a cassette, through a typical eighty's cassette recorder.
He uses to write songs inspired from gloomy and autobiographical texts, settled in marsh sceneries. He takes his inspiration from John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, but also from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Black Keys. His music is a match between past and present, full of many shades in which the roots of Blues rules.
"He loves the early blues, the one born on the Mississippi delta, and the blues is exactly his strong point."
(Zampa, Il Messaggero, 2017)
"... he has a voice with a very particular blues blood, not so Italian, with the right flavor of spirituality, constantly evolving."
(Laura e Max, Ondalternativa.it, 2017)
"... his music evokes sleepless nights spent drinking whiskey in stinking dives, ghosts that appear at the end of a dark and seedy alley, on a night of incessant rain."
(Angelo D’Elia, Lester.roma.it)
Since 2009, he has carried on with his musical project in more and several contexts: from the humblest pub to the clubs, theatres and national and international festivals, always with the usual resolution. He shared the stage with well-known artists such as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cody ChesnuTT, Eric Gales, Luke Winslow King, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Eugene Chadbourne, Bob Log III, and others. Fond of testing and experimentation, he worked as a composer and a sound-track performer with several theatrical companies, directors and video-makers.
His search for unusual sonorities leads him to record his first work in studio only in 2016. The self-titled album, is made of thirteen original tracks and it includes some sharings that give some richness to the album, without taking it away from the stylistic choice of the artist: that of the one man band.