producer - Sergio Galoyan - video interview.
Galoyan, record producer, artist and recording engineer
is best known for his work with Tatu but has recently
been working with the Prodigy and Marilyn Manson.
caught up with Sergio at Townhouse Studios, London,
and George Shilling asked Sergio about his unique talents
and his unusual route in to making records.
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in Moscow on Christmas day 1981, Sergio Galoyan grew
up surrounded by music. His father was a lead guitarist
in a band that specialized on Western Rock & Pop
classics. While being influenced by the music his father
was playing, including songs by legendary bands such
as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen and the Beatles,
Sergio was also exposed to classical music. However,
it was when a friend gave him the Metallica album “…And
Justice For All” that his life started changing.14
year old Sergio was inspired: he started taking guitar
lessons from a Jazz guitarist Dmitry Maloletov, a legend
of its kind in Russia, known for creating ‘2-hand
tapping’ (a revolutionary way of playing electric
and acoustic guitars). Dmitry still regards Sergey to
be one of his most talented students.
2 years of studying the guitar Sergio discovered DJ-ing,
and was offered an opportunity to spin records at a
local club. The experience introduced him to the House
& Dance music from the mid nineties including hits
by the likes of Daft Punk, Underworld, Prodigy, Faithless,
Mouse T, Basement Jaxx, Chemical Brothers and Fatboy
Slim. Soon Sergio set up his own band called The Noise,
where he became the lead guitarist.
The Noise was enjoying exposure on Moscow’s club
scene, Sergio realized he was missing House and Dance
rhythms and began working at home, producing his own
Dance tracks using simple equipment and limited resources.
Some of these early tracks were picked up by a cult
Moscow dance station Station 2000. By the end of 1999
Sergio wrote and produced about 3 albums worth of material
that frequently got airplay on Station 2000. His tracks
became a bit of a phenomena in Moscow and soon caught
the attention of the people at the studios of the renowned
Russian producer Vladimir Osinsky, who immediately put
him in contact with manager Ivan Shapovalov, a manager
working with an unknown at the time girl duo Tatu.
about the songs Sergio demonstrated, Ivan Shapovalov
asked him to write and produce for the girls’
first single “Ya Soshla S Uma” which became
a massive #1 hit in Russia September 2000. Sergio is
also responsible for writing and producing the 2nd single,
“Nas Ne Dogonyat”, the 3rd “Pol Chasa”
and two more tracks, “Pokaji Mne Lubov”
and “Malchik Gay”. Al of the songs written
and produced by Sergio were featured on the highly successful
album “200 Po Vstrechnoy” released by Universal
Music Russia, selling several million copies in the
Russian Federation alone.
huge success in Russia, the album was licensed by Universal
Music to Interscope Records in the US. The prolific
producer Trevor Horn was commissioned to do the English
translations resulting in the songs written and produced
by Sergio, such as “All The Things She Said”,
“Not Gonna Get Us”, “Show Me Love”,
“30 Minutes” and “Malchik Gay”
being included on the international release "200
KM/H In The Wrong Lane". The album subsequently
became the biggest selling debut release by a Russian
Pop act in the history of music selling more then 4.000.000
copies worldwide (not including Russia).
2004, Sergio is truly part of global music history.
Besides being responsible for unique, immediately recognizable
musical style of t.A.T.u., he has already been working
with other internationally renowned and highly respected
artists like Keith Flint (Prodigy), Marilyn Manson,
Jennifer Lopez, new UK girl group CLEA and Russian superstar
Alsou. His remixing skills haven't gone unnoticed either
and in 2005 Sergio has written and Produced 6 tracks
on the new t.A.T.u. album – “Dangerous and
Sergio via this
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