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

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Gio at work in his personal studio

Giorgio Bertuccelli is a multidimensional creative and passionate music producer who was born in Colombia, where local rhythms seeped into his system. He then grew up in Viareggio in Tuscany, the region where Puccini was born, and was inspired by his artistic father Raul who created magical “carnival” floats. Afterwards, “Gio” came of age in New Orleans helping his father create gorgeous Mardi Gras floats, while being immersed in the blues, polyrythyms and fusion of New Orleans, which he calls one of the “world’s most musical cities.”

Back as a kid in Colombia, watching his father create and produce floats, insatiably curious Gio naturally gravitated to creating and producing events himself, like play bull fights, with him as the matador of course, or mini-Olympics for the neighborhood children.

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Gio and composer Michael Skloff, an award-winning collaboration, at 1999 ASCAP Awards
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Today, Gio and Michael lifelong brothers

But it was Gio’s move to Los Angeles in 1990, and his “love of understanding technology” that opened all of his doors to Hollywood. Ensconced in the City of Angels, he successfully worked alongside award-winning composer Michael Skloff on various Hollywood projects like television’s #1 show Friends, along with Jesse and Veronica’s Closet, among others. Gio also co-founded his own record label, Electric Monkey, which brought critical praise and a Grammy nomination. And, with his ingrained love of percussive beats, he learned how to successfully create “groove beds” to put on top of orchestra productions, doing that for pop icon Barry Manilow and for the NBA’s halftime show.

During that period, which he calls “my big run,” he successfully combined his artistic roots with an intimate technical knowledge of music sequencing through computers and synths, along with an ongoing flair to produce all sorts of musical events:

So what does someone with such a diverse creative and technical resume as Gio, now do for an encore after returning from a time-out from the entertainment industry?

Gio first explains his partnership with Friends composer Michael Skloff:

Now returning to the industry, Gio feels he has an even greater gift to offer, along with his diverse cultural heritage and business and technical skills, suggesting, “Ever since I was kid, I was hanging with our father and being immersed in his love for the craft and art of carnival float-making in his production shops. And I learned to love producing, and creating things from scratch. Whether it’s an idea, an event, a piece of music or film, I’m excited to make new things happen.”

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

But his return involves a gift to himself — coming out as trans, as he enthuses:

Part of finding his new voice means leaning on his technical roots, again. Gio, who is finishing a personal composer studio, loves to visit music equipment trade shows like NAMM, suggesting, “We are living in golden age of synth technology” and he loves to see new synths and instruments at trade shows, adding:

But, he’s also now discovered the wonders of inexpensive video technology:

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

Today, iconic Mardi Gras artist Raul’s float-building Studio 3 is run by Gio’s brother, Jonathan. So, the family legacy continues on now for over 40 years. And, Gio looks to his late father for the way forward, with his spirit telling his son to “make the mistakes, learn and just do it!” And, that’s exactly what Gio’s return means:

Check out Gio and his GioSound website, and Studio 3 — give them a call if you need something done quickly and well. Drop in on Gio on Instagram, LinkedIn, Vimeo and YouTube. Also follow Gio’s trans journey @kittentiamia on Instagram.

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