Giovanni Cilio

Session drummer

20 Reviews (13 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. Had the pleasure to work with a ton of artists/bands, such as Lazza, Marracash, Blanco, Roy Paci, Bnkr44, Tony Boy, GionnyScandal, Upon This Dawning (Fearless Records) and many others.

Other credits: Universal Music, Sony Music, Artery Recordings.

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

I am endorsed by Vic Firth drumsticks, Zildjian Company cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Klotz Cables
Gear: DS Drumsound Rebel Birch & Tama Starclassic Bubinga - Zildjian Cymbals - Tama, Ludwig, DS Drumsound and Mapex snares - API 3124V preamps

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Discogs verified credits for Giovanni Cilio
  • 30 Miles
  • 30 Miles
  • Fabrizio Leo
  • Australasia

20 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by geeangee

    Giovanni is a solid choice for anyone in need of a professionally and creatively recorded drum part.
    I have worked with him on several occasions and the result has always exceeded my expectations.

  2. Review by geeangee

    Impeccable work. Giovanni is a great musician and communicating with him was quick and easy. The quality of the recording is at the highest level. Highly recommended.

  3. Review by Oliver
    by Oliver

    2nd time now working with Giovanni and really enjoyed the process and results. He provided options for kit sounds and beats and quickly nailed down a very cool sounding take that really makes the song groove. An immensely creative and talented drummer.

  4. Review by Oliver
    by Oliver

    Giovanni is simply a fantastic drummer, both technically and musically. He evidently has the natural talent to bring that something extra so the track grooves in a way that really captivates a listener. Great working methodology, fast delivery and a strong intuition for what works best. Highly recommended.

  5. Review by AdiStudio

    Giovanni is great and friendly! I asked him for a live drum take and he immediately understood what I had in mind and he left me speechless! I recommend it to you!

  6. Review by Riccardo T.

    Gio is exceeded my expectations by bringing not only top skills in terms of technique and timing, but also something that doesn't come with exercise: an amazing musical taste.

  7. Review by Jorge Salas

    Gio does not stop making my music great!

  8. Review by Jorge Salas

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

  9. Review by Ben G.
    by Ben G.

    Awesome drum track!

  10. 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!

  11. Review by Matias
    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

  12. 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.

  13. Review by Jorge Salas

    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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. Review by Luca Giachi

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

  18. Review by Jorge Salas Jr.
    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!

  19. Review by Marco Gagliardi
    by Marco Gagliardi

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

  20. 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: I really love to use my API preamps on drums. They give the best response to transients and sound accuracy.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: My goal is to make the client 100% satisfied about my work. That's what matters at the end of our collaboration.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. 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 Panther 10x4 and 8x4, Yamaha Recording Custom birch 14x8. My mic setup is made of 13-15 microphones. I use API 3124V preamps and Antelope converters. Microphones: Royer Labs R121, 2x Lewitt 540 LC, 2x Sennheiser MD421, Rode K2, 3x Shure Sm57, Audix i5, SE electronics 2200 x2 (stereo room), Aston Spirit, 2x Oktava MK012, Audix d6, Shure Beta B91, AKG C451.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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).

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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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  • API 3124V
  • Royer Labs R-121
  • Antelope
  • Zildjian
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