Giovanni Pizzi, known as Gixhouze, was born in Livorno (Italy) on 11 October 1961. After his first piano lessons, at the age of 10, his family decides he should not continue studying music but pursue an administrative career instead. His journey as a self-taught musician started then. As an organ-keyboard player, in 1981, during his compulsory military service, he becomes friends with pianist Egidio Apicella, with whom he starts performing live. In 1985, after meeting singer Sabina Manetti and buying a Hammond organ, he joins the rock band “VU Meter”, formed by drummer Pier Paolo Carichino (former RCA), guitarist Gino Pozzi, bass player Mirco Cristiani and, occasionally, saxophonists Luigi Nasti and Alessandro Riccucci. In 1988, it was Alessandro Riccucci who, after leaving “VU Meter”, introduced him to the “Bluesisterici”, a 13-member band defined by the voices of Sabina Manetti and Cristina Pantaleone. At the same time, having obtained a diploma as electronic programmer in 1980, and having always been a keen dance music fan, he composes electronic music – especially after the advent of MIDI – attracted by the increasingly popular House Music phenomenon. In 1989, he meets Roberto Federighi and guitarist Ranieri Cerelli, both founders of the rock-new wave band “Neon” in Florence. With them he participates in the “Ch’i” project, an experimental ambient-electronic band which, in 1992, thanks to his contribution creates a Progressive-House production, with the participation of special effects creator Otello Scacciati and the voice of Giorgio Ontanetti, plus the brief collaboration of DJ Gabry Fasano. From then on, while frequenting the most renowned trendy discos, Gixhouze starts collaborating with DJs. His inspiration comes from friend DJs Roby J., Stefano Noto, Francesco Farfa, Miki and Gabry Fasano, later followed by Sandro Vibot, Mario Più and Lore J. From 1994, after leaving “Ch’i”, he devotes his time to dance-house music; collaborations worth mentioning include, in 1996-98, DJ Samuel Kimkò, with whom he founds the “Akira Recors” label, to produce mixes involving DJs such as Claudio Diva, Bruno Le Kard, Alex Cignè, Alex Dee, Giuliano Dulmin, Giorgia B., Sandro Vibot and Lore J. In 1998, together with Alessandro Riccucci, he starts the trip-hop/jungle “Deltanova” band, with vocalists Silvia Bientinesi and Biagio Volandri Verdolini, and produces the record “Space of Love”, with the collaboration of pianist Gianni Bientinesi. The same year, having abandoned the “Deltanova” project, he creates the techno-dub band “Ochossi”, with drummer Roberto Federighi and guitarist Marco Dughera, and performs in discos and at public concerts for approximately a year. The band also includes saxophonist Alessandro Riccucci and two singers and percussionists from Senegal, Ass and More. Following the collaboration with DJs Roby J. and, later, DJ Vincent Cornetto, from Washington, in 2004 Gixhouze works exclusively with DJ Lore J from Florence. At the same time, he performs live with Italian rock band Mamasi (Marco Franci guitar, Marco Frulletti bass, Silvia Bientinesi vocals and Matteo Oldani drums), with singer Biagio Volandri Verdolini – with whom he starts the experimental electronic project “Zamaba” – and with Gianluca Ferri’s trip-hop group “Geeno & The Generator”.
In 2011 he starts his own music label, “Gix Music”, and publishes an EP with four tracks, called “Why”.
Production work continues with singer Biagio Volandri Verdolini, drummer Roberto Federighi, guitarist Marco Franci, bass player Marco Frulletti, saxophonist Alessandro Riccucci, composer Gianluca Ferri and DJs Lore J (Lorenzo Banchi) and Annina Dj (Anna Meucci).