Giovanni Cilio

Session drummer

14 Reviews (7 Verified)
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Giovanni Cilio, live and studio session drummer from Florence, Italy.

I'm Giovanni Cilio, professional drummer/composer from Florence, Italy!
I own a recording studio on the hills of Tuscany, where I record drums for artists all around the world going through various genres. I have acquired a lot of great studio recording experience in the last 8 years of working with a ton of artists/bands around the world, such as the multiplatinum awarded pop singer GionnyScandal (Universal Music) and the metal band Upon This Dawning (Fearless Records).

Other credits: Sony Music, Artery Recordings.

Check here some of the recordings I’ve been playing drums in:

I am endorsed by Regal Tip drumsticks, Zildjian Company cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and use all their products to reach specific sounds the artists request.
Gear: DS Drumsound Rebel Birch & Tama Starclassic Bubinga - Zildjian Cymbals - Tama, Ludwig, DS Drumsound and Mapex snares - Motu preamps - Audix/Shure/Rode/Sennheiser/AKG/Oktava/Aston/SEelectronics microphones

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

14 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Jorge Salas

    Gio does not stop making my music great!

  2. Review by Jorge S.

    Giovanni is the drummer for my whole album and we've worked together for a long time. He's the guy to hire!

  3. Review by Ben G.

    Awesome drum track!

  4. Review by Alan R.

    It's been a great pleasure to work with Giovanni! He was really perceptive and immediately understood the vibe of the session...he's done an amazing job and brought my song to another level. Thank you Giovanni, can't wait to work with you again!

  5. Review by Matias

    My collaboration with Giovanni started in 2019. Since then I have hired him on several occasions for both studio and live scenarios. Passion, diligence and taste are my favourite things about Giovanni.
    On this particular project he was asked to cover a various range of genres and drum styles along with specific recording techniques. I am amazingly surprised on both quality of playing and recording on every single track. Communication and delivery time have been the icing on the cake. THANKS GIO

  6. Review by geeangee

    Giovanni is a very talented drummer and a fine producer.
    Communication was flawless and his job was beyond any expectation in terms of quality and delivery time.

  7. Review by Jorge S.

    Gio is very precise and hard-working. He is the guy to get your project complete! Not only is he a great drummer, but he also knows how to record himself to get you the BEST sounding drums you can ask for. I'm always more than impressed to hear him and work with him.

  8. Review by Davide Pepi

    I've been lucky to work with Gio for the production of my solo album "Asteroids" and 2 live promotion videos that I've made with his help and his passion!
    He's a brilliant musician, that kind of guy you always seach for when you need a perfect and professional job; in addiction to this he's been incredible supportive and helpful during the whole process of making the album.
    I can't wait to write and produce more music with him!

  9. Review by Kiyo Black

    I have worked with this star player a couple of times already and not only he has proven me to be a guarantee of quality in every project he works on but he shows constant progress in his skills as well!
    He is talented, proactive and he knows how to bring your music to the next stage.
    He has an impressively wide music knowledge and what I love the most about him is how he can infuse his background into every project he participates making it unique!
    Giovanni Cilio is my drummer of choice and collaborating with him is always an honour and a pleasure!

  10. Review by Eugenio Cattini

    Giovanni is one of those few truly musically gifted drummers that are committed to their job at 120%.
    Not only a great drummer, but also an overall great pro.

  11. Review by Luca Giachi

    Great drummer and person.
    He always work as a true pro, delivering extreme audio quality.
    Truly a beast.

  12. Review by Jorge Salas Jr.

    I’ve worked with Giovanni on multiple tracks. He’s extremely precise with his playing. When I send him new music, he’s always excited and exceeds my expectations every time. I’ve been in contact with Sony Mexico for a record deal and all the tracks Giovanni and I have made are going straight to the record labels, that’s how much I love his playing. I look forward to working with him some more! You won’t regret working with him!

  13. Review by Marco Gagliardi

    This guy is a beast! His skills, musicality and creativity make him a super amazing drummer in the recording studio.

  14. Review by Alessandro F.

    Best drummer ever, extremely professional, very accurate and he knows how to make the perfect drums for your song!

Interview with Giovanni Cilio

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm currently working on my solo album and I'm recording for an Italian pop singer!

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: I love interacting with new musicians and artists, knowing their visions, and being constantly inspired by them!

  7. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  8. A: Quincy Jones for sure. Why? BECAUSE HE'S A LEGEND and he produced some of my favorite artists and songs.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Thanks to my background studies and my experiences with many artists in different genres, I offer my versatility to write the best arrangement options in every context!

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I have 3 main drums and mostly use a DS Drums Rebel Birch (22, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16). My main snares are: DS Drums Steel 13x7 and maple/mahogany 14x6,5, Ludwig Supraphonic 14x6,5, Tama Starphonic Steel 14x6, Tama Starclassic Bubinga 14x5,5. Mapex Black Phanter 10x4 and 8x4, Yamaha Recording Custom birch 14x8. My mic setup is made of 15 microphones going on a 16 channel preamp rack by Motu. Microphones: Rode K2, Shure Sm57, Audix i5, Sennheisers E604, SE electronics 2200 x2 (stereo room), Aston Spirit, Oktava MK012, Audix d6, Shure Beta B91, AKG C451.

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I started touring and recording with bands 8 years ago when I was 18. Made the first experiences with my bands (Upon This Dawning, 30 MILES and many more) and built my studio in 2016. Since then I worked with about 50 artists and bands all around the world (USA, Germany, Spain, Portugal, UK, Japan, South Africa, Morocco, Brasil, Argentina). I'm currently on tour with multiplatinum awarded singer GionnyScandal (Universal Music).

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: Throughout the years I've had the pleasure to work with artists and bands in different genres such as the pop singer GionnyScandal (Universal Music), the metalcore band Upon This Dawning (Fearless Records/Artery Recordings), the fusion guitarist Davide Pepi, the indie-pop duo Danien&Theø (Sony Music). I'm really confident with many genres including Funk, Rock, Blues, Metal, Fusion, Progressive.

  17. Q: What's your typical work process?

  18. A: That's my typical workflow: I receive the track minus drums (and the demo drums track if available) and, after understanding the client's desires and targets, I track the live drums in my studio. When the client is satisfied with the work I send the Raw files ready to mix.

  19. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  20. A: I collaborate with artists and producers all around the world as a studio drummer and co-producer. I record professional live drums in my studio set in the hills of Tuscany, Italy.

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GenresSounds Like
  • The 1975
  • Tame Impala
  • Travis Barker
Gear Highlights
  • Zildjian
  • Akg
  • Shure
  • Aston Microphones
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