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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May 17 > OLIVIER GIACOMOTTO


He’s a producer who outsold everyone on the tech-house charts on Beatport, but is now branching out into the world of film composition and video-game soundtracks. He also proves, as you can see, that you don’t need all the gear in the world to succeed. MusicTech welcomes Olivier Giacomotto…

Olivier Giacomotto is a French producer, born and raised in the South West of the country, and now living in Paris. He bought his first studio kit at 18 years of age and has since branched out into several areas of music production. He has become something of an online techno star and in the last decade, has constantly been at the top of the Beatport charts with his own brands of techno, house, electro and tech-house. He has worked with artists like John Acquaviva, Umek, and Popof, and had releases on loads of labels including Suara, Get Physical, Noir Music, Definitive Recordings, Toolroom Records, and Trapez. More recently, he has moved from his own releases to producing music for video games and film soundtracks. Here, he reveals how this broad range of outlets can give you a conceptual approach to music making that becomes a key advantage in today’s music production climate (and also how a big studio is not always better)…

MusicTech: Hi Olivier, so tell us how you got into making music…

Olivier Giacomotto: I started when I was eight years old with piano courses and then taught myself how to play guitar when I was 14. I played in a few local bands, and finally bought my first synthesiser – a Roland JV-1080 [and a great choice – Ed] – when I was 18 years old. I had a computer and a pair of cheap monitors and started to record my own songs. It took me four years to get ‘a sound’ and my first record deal, but I guess hard work always pays. My passion for music became my full-time job with all kinds of projects, from vinyl releases to digital underground releases, pop and reggae productions, music for video games, movie soundtracks…

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In the new issue of MusicTech magazine we grant you all the tools, production tips and inside knowledge you need to enable you to create a chart hit! Also in this issue we’re hands on with Spitfire’s BT Phobos, we speak to Matt Lange about his career and production ethos. We present 6 of the best modern microphones and review Loopmasters’ Loopcloud, Steinberg’s Cubase 9, AKG C7s, Arturia MatrixBrute and many more. Plus tutorials for Ableton Live, Logic and our latest modular guide.