Music Producer/Creative Gio Bertuccelli Returns to Hollywood with a Broader Skillset…and a Truth to Share

Gio at work in his personal studio
Gio and composer Michael Skloff, an award-winning collaboration, at 1999 ASCAP Awards
Today, Gio and Michael lifelong brothers

“I had an amazing 12-year collaboration with Michael, and we’ll always be brothers. He’s a highly trained, very gifted songwriter and piano player. I came from the street, self-taught, improvising on the spot. And, while I had the technical production experience, I learned so much from him — the discipline it takes to write a song, to work through a melody then do an actual arrangement around it. We had complimentary skills, and got along like peas in a pod. He also introduced me to all sorts of people who helped further my career. Whenever I worked with Michael, something else greater happened. It’s similar to what happened with my family moving to New Orleans. What propelled me for success in LA was my foundation in the culture of music of New Orleans. I wasn’t trained officially as a musician and I didn’t go to music school. But I did go to the Big Easy. It was a greater gift!”

Gio back in Hollywood with renewed energy and now being true to self

“The transgender issue is all over the news — like Caitlyn Jenner and the Wachowskis (Lana and Lily) — so, I’m now out to everybody, to let it be professionally known, that I’m not hiding anything. If you’re a creative, and you’re hiding part of yourself, then it’s difficult to be totally free to create. If there’s a big part of your experience you’re trying to hide, your work is always going to be hampered. And, now where I want to move forward is using all these things I’ve learned at a high level in Hollywood — not only technically, but also my sensibility as a person, who is coming out as trans. So I want to do things that have a message, with a meaning. I want to work with people who want to change things and not just make money — even though money is a great tool — and work as a creative producer. I’d love to work with emerging artists or even large companies on multimedia experience.”

“You can experiment and screw up beautifully now with inexpensive high tech gear that works really professionally, And I was at the beginning of that in the 1980s. Everyone can sound professional pretty cheaply, then it’s about attuning your ear. Personally, the best way to get the job done as an engineer or sound designer is to always be aware of new technology advances — add that into the soup — and keep your ears open.”

“In the mid-2000s digital cameras began evolving — similar to revolutionary changes with the MIDI synths — and you could buy a small DLSR camera and shoot amazing quality videos or movies, So the parallel excited my curiosity. After 15–20 years in the music industry at a high level, I needed something to inspire me to rebuild my life again. I bought a DLSR camera and did some commercials and a little indie movie. It inspired me to learn to edit with Final Cut. There are now so many platforms for content. And, I can pick up the threads and infiltrate back into the industry through a new lens.”

Young Gio at his first paying gig in New Orleans circa 1986–7

“This is the life of somebody who’s an artist, a father with two grown children, and also somebody who is trans — I no longer have to hide anything. In fact, we trans are fathers, children, daughters, sons, friends, cousins, uncles, nephews, it’s who we are. The truer we are, the better we are. The art of making art is no different than the art of living.”



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Ashley Jude Collie

Ashley Jude Collie

Award-winning journalist-author-blogger for Playboy, TO Star, Movie Entertainment, HuffPost, Hello Canada & my novel REJEX (Pulp Hero Press) is on Amazon.