Tommaso Colliva

Engineer and Producer (IT/UK)

How do you get a Grammy Award (and few nominations) and several golden record in your studio if you’re born on the beautiful and sunny Italian seaside, namely Cinque Terre? You start playing saxophone when you are 9, you later discover hip hop and sell the sax for a sampler. You pass your teenage years fiddling with records, samples, radio shows, beats and spray cans while you’re finishing high school to move to Milan and enter the biggest Italian recording studio as soon as possible. There you work with Erykah Badu, Michael Nyman and Manu Chao. After few years taking part to all sorts of sessions and learning from heavy league champions (Butch Vig, Mutt Lange, Spike Stent, Rich Costey, John Parish, Jim Abbiss) you go freelance and start travelling the world to work with Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli, Jesus and Mary Chain, Damon Albarn, Nic Cester from JET and Katie Melua just to name a few. Ah… meanwhile you start your own musical project, Calibro35, blending funk, soundtracks and psych-jazz and end up being sampled by DrDre and JayZ. Well, is not THAT complicated after all, isn’t it?

Tommaso Colliva

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