Austin's Giulia Millanta traded medicine for music

Jul 04, 2018 459

BY: Andrew Dansby

All manner of paths have led to Austin’s music scene over the years. Take Giulia Millanta’s Austin-based band: drummer Dony Wynn is a Memphis native who grew up in Louisiana; producer and guitarist Gabriel Rhodes is from Sunset, Texas; and bassist Glenn Fukunaga moved to the capital in the ’70s from Hawaii. Still, Millanta’s own path is the most striking among them. The singer-songwriter and guitarist found her way to Austin from Florence — Italy, not Texas — leaving behind a degree in medicine for a career playing songs.

“It’s not like I was a doctor one day and playing in Austin the next,” she says. “It’s been a pretty long story, and nothing happened overnight. But the short story is that I quit college to be a musician in Barcelona. Then I went back and finished without telling anyone. But once I got that degree, it was all the proof I needed that I didn’t want to be a doctor. That was 10 years ago.”

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