Giovanni Traverso

Writer, Musician, Producer

33 Reviews (19 Verified)
Giovanni Traverso on SoundBetter

Hello everybody, I am a music producer based in Europe, north-west of italy. My skills are for composing (both music & lyrics) & mixing. I composed for theatre in verses. I studied and play oboe, pianoforte, synthesizers, guitars and vocals. As a free-lancer I am here for offering some of my skills you may need for your projects! Thanks!

I am a multi-player (oboe, keyboards, guitars, vocals), with classical music studies in background (Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini of Genoa) specialized in composing pop-rock-electronic arrangments and lyrics.
My artistic experience covers both the music industry as composer/arranger and theatre/poetry as a lyricist and poet.
Here you may listen to some of my compositions:

Solo project:

Current Duo:

Former Band:

My specialization is composing, arranging and pre-mixing songs.
I studied music in the Conservatory of my town, oboe, choirs, harmony.
I have been playing as a musician in many roles, singer, guitar, keyboards and synthesizers, since I was a young boy.
I could not count how many stages I went on in my life! 😊
As pre-mix engineer I attended mixing courses that gave me a solid support upon many years of experience in studios, to provide you polished and already balanced tracks, ready for next production step (that could be a further professional mixing or, directly, the mastering of the song).
If you would need some great taste in terms of available costs, I could be the right choice for you.

always at your service,

Giovanni traverso

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33 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Marzia Bulli
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    Superb production, everything went smoothly, it's a pleasure working with Giovanni!

  2. Review by Alex Picciafuochi Mastering
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    I'm a true fan of Giovanni Traverso, his music and lyrics are always so smart and unpredictable!

  3. Review by Andrea V.

    Being the second time I was working with Giovanni, I had an idea what to expect. He actually went well beyond my expectations, again. Giovanni is a talented artist, not only a gifted musician.

  4. Review by Luca Giachi
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    Amazing buyer.
    Giovanni give me a lot of freedom and he push me to find a real creative bass line.
    I really love his communication and his music.
    Thanks a lot

  5. Review by Andrea V.

    Giovanni composed the music for some lyrics I wrote. I listened to his previous works, so I had an idea of what to expect. But Giovanni exceeded my expactactions and brought the song to a completely new level. In addition, he provided perfectly written score of the composition!

  6. Review by Maxim Prokofiev
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    It's a pleasure to work with Giovanni. Thanks for a great experience!

  7. Review by Alex Picciafuochi Mastering
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    L'arte nelle sue espressioni piĂš elevate, intelligente ed attento alle varie sfaccettature della vita, che espone con estrema luciditĂ  nei suoi testi iconici

  8. Review by Alex Picciafuochi Mastering
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    Giovanni è un intellettuale che fa della sua musica espressione di pensieri ben altro che banali, rendendo un vero piacere sia l'ascoltarlo che il leggerlo!

  9. Review by Marzia Bulli
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    Terrific work so far with Giovanni, it has been a pleasure mixing this song for him!

  10. Review by Wojciech S.

    Giovanni is a real artist with a true passion for music. The cooperation with him was great from the very beginning until the very end of the process - clear communication, good discussions and great outcome. I would be more than happy to work with Giovanni again. Wishing you all the best, Giovanni!

  11. Review by Marzia Bulli
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    It has been a great pleasure working with Giovanni from start to finish!
    Great artist!

  12. Review by James Paul Mitchell
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    Giovanni sent a great song for me to work on, and was clear the direction he was going for. It came out great, hope to work together again!

  13. Review by Alex Picciafuochi Mastering
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    A true artist, a nice person, I really loved to work with him!

  14. Review by Asaf K.

    it has been wonderful to work again with Giovanni. he is a very talented and creative lyricist and a true Artist .

  15. Review by Luca Giacobbe
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    Great experience with a great client, nice communication and nice music. Thanks so much I hope to work with you again in the future

  16. Review by Mahoma Records
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    This was the first time working with Giovanni. Everything worked perfectly. Easy and quick communication. He had a clear idea of what he wanted. Loved working with him.
    Looking forward to working together in the future!

  17. Review by David
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    Absolute pleasure to deal with. Patient and always strives for perfection. Thank you!

  18. Review by David
    by David

    It was an absolute pleasure working with Giovanni. He payed close attention to my brief, he is creative in composing and arranging the beat and vocals, his turnaround time was very fast and he kept producing samples. He knows and understands the music process extremely well and was extremely willing to advise throughout. I wouldn't hesitate recommending Giovanni.

  19. Review by Filippo L.

    Giovanni is an amazing musician, very creative and generous I will defintelly work with Him again.

  20. Review by Asaf K.

    Giovanni is a wonderful and creative lyricist .i have been working with him since 2018 and always very pleased with his work.

Interview with Giovanni Traverso

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

  2. A: My focus is on the lyrics provided and then I follow the inspiration. Inspiration guides me the first part of the process, where I have to put down beautiful "puzzles". Afterwards, craftsman work comes into play. For my experience a good song is a mix of both inspiration and dedication: without one of them, the song is not so interesting.

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

  4. A: Actually I am in a duo, called Apalis Duo, that I write the lyrics and sing for. Also, as a free-lancer, I am working for different persons from all the world, as lyricist and musician/composer.

  5. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  6. A: Many have technical skills, even better than I have. But I believe I can offer more than many others on the composition side because of my musical taste.

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

  8. A: I have studied Oboe at Conservatorio N. Paganini in my town, Genoa since I was 12 years old. I have a classical background: choir, orchestra etc... Then I performed and recorded songs for many years with my former band, Graham Jane. We released 5 Album with them. I also recorded a solo Album as a songwriter, in Italian. Actually I am in a electronic/pop duo, that I love, called Apalis Duo. We released our first EP for a label called Amselcom, in Berlin.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: I bring inspiration, musicality, taste and experience.

  11. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  12. A: With this song, "Sad Sad Christmas", I signed for a cool label called Amselcom, based originally in Berlin:

  13. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  14. A: Wojciech S., a brilliant poet - Marzia Bulli, a great and honest mixing engineer - but there are many more, really. I am always surprised looking how many great talents God shared around.

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

  16. A: A good song makes the client happy to invest time and money in art. And art contributes to overall beauty in the world.

  17. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  18. A: Generally, clients do not have so many questions. But sometimes, some of them, ask for second/third reviews of the work.

  19. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  20. A: That is an hobby! Not at all, here we spend so much time and professionality in what we do.

  21. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  22. A: What they want, in details.

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

  24. A: Anyone who needs me and someone I need. I believe in music production as a chain of different professional skills. In general, I like the idea to be helpful for unknown good artists.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: An author's style, made of elements coming from refined songwriting, electronical textures, classical harmonies and pop(ular) orientation.

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

  28. A: I am specialized in creating songs & writing lyrics. As a performer/arranger my skills are for: 1 Composing song 2 Vocal writings 3 Arrangments with guitars&bass / synthesizers&keyboards / effects&strings 4 Woodwinds: oboe (acustic)

  29. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  30. A: My favourite albums were analog recorded. If I could, analog.

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

  32. A: A beautiful song.

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

  34. A: Songwriting, Indie, Pop-rock and Electronic.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: My strongest skill is on the creative side. I would say for the composition itself.

  37. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  38. A: Classical guitar, pen and papers.

  39. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  40. A: I think that studying harmony may open a lot the spectrum of our possibilities in music production.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: There are so many: for the sound I like Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Doors; in the process of songwriting many italian songwriters like Paolo Conte, Fabrizio De Andrè, Lucio Battisti. But also many classic composers, like Bach, Schubert Arvo Part. For the vocals I am very much inspired by Robert Plant, Amy Winehouse...

  43. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  44. A: Monitoring: Genelec 8030 CP; String arrangments: BBC Spitfire Orchestra Pro; Mic and Pre-amp: Neumann TLM 102 + Focusrite ISA One; Audio interface: RME Fireface800; Rack effects: TC Helicon Voicelive rack; Guitars: Fender guitars and amp. Synth: Roland JP8000 (keyboard), Reason 12, Spitfire. DAW: Reason & Reaper. Plug-ins: Sonnox Oxford, FabFilter, UAD.

Apalis Duo - Sad Sad Christmas

I was the Author, Singer and Producer in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Radiohead
  • Lucio Battisti
  • Pink Floyd
Gear Highlights
  • BBC Spitfire Orchestra Pro
  • Neumann TLM 102
  • Focusrite ISA One
  • RME Fireface800
  • TC Helicon Voicelive rack
  • Fender guitars and amp
  • Roland JP8000
  • Reason 12
  • Reaper
  • Genelec 8030 CP
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