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The Hacker

Michel Ama­to’s con­tri­bu­tion to elec­tron­ic music can bare­ly be over­stat­ed. As The Hack­er, and under dif­fer­ent alias­es, he has inspired gen­er­a­tions of dance music fans and artists. He con­tin­ues to per­form at the very top of his game, con­stant­ly evolv­ing and chal­leng­ing him­self with bound­ary-push­ing projects. Com­ing from the French city of Greno­ble, Ama­to spent his younger years absorb­ing futur­is­tic Tech­no sounds from Detroit, bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Kraftwerk and Front 242, as well as Ita­lo Dis­co and Acid House. Giv­en the breadth of his influ­ences, it’s no sur­prise Ama­to’s own discog­ra­phy defies sim­ple def­i­n­i­tion, cov­er­ing a wide range of styles in the years since his first release in 1996. Tra­vers­ing zeit­geists, Ama­to had a Tech­no phase, dipped into EBM, sci-fi tinged Elec­tro and New Wave, but is per­haps most famous as a found­ing father of Elec­tro­clash. Peak­ing at the turn of the mil­len­ni­um, Elec­tro­clash fused tech­noid rhythms with humor­ous punk and synth-pop sen­si­bil­i­ties.

Ama­to met a kin­dred spir­it in Miss Kit­tin and togeth­er they became of one the most icon­ic duos in elec­tron­ic music. Her vocals proved the per­fect match for his pro­duc­tions, lend­ing them a cer­tain acces­si­bil­i­ty and new found audi­ence. Kit­tin’s dead­pan deliv­ery brought flair to Elec­tro­clash hits such as Cham­pagne’ (1998) and Frank Sina­tra’ (2000); DJ Hell released the tracks, as well as numer­ous oth­er Hack­er & Kit­tin pro­duc­tions, on his sem­i­nal Inter­na­tion­al Dee­jay Gigo­lo imprint. Man­ag­ing to incor­po­rate ele­ments of pop­u­lar music with­out ever sac­ri­fic­ing their authen­tic­i­ty, Ama­to and Miss Kit­tin sold hun­dreds of thou­sands of records and gained world­wide recognition.

In 2004, Ama­to released his most well-received album to date, Rêves Mécaniques’. Large­ly a solo record, it was a return to the more eerie and edgy, instru­men­tal sound he had pur­sued in his ear­ly years. The album showed that, in the right hands, even this ice-cold, ravy, Acid sound was fit for the charts. The years since wit­nessed Ama­to put out a wide array of club muta­tions on many lead­ing labels, includ­ing a dou­ble LP for his own label Zone.

The Korg MS 20, the TR 808 and the SH 101, with­out those, there’s no The Hack­er sound’ for sure.

The Hacker

Today, he is as in-demand as ever. A high­ly-acclaimed album, Le Théâtre Des Opéra­tions’, on Dark Entries in 2017 recalled the tough sound of his ear­ly works but with more mod­ern pro­duc­tion and fresh ideas. The cur­rent­ly thriv­ing, young Elec­tro and EBM under­ground con­sid­er Ama­to as a mas­ter of his craft and many of his old­er tracks are becom­ing clas­sics. He has drawn the atten­tion from tastemak­ers like Hele­na Hauff, Erol Alkan and Veron­i­ca Vasic­ka for con­tri­bu­tions to their labels, released a new col­lab­o­ra­tion with Miss Kit­tin and been com­mis­sioned to remix both Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode and DJ Hell.

In the live and DJ envi­ron­ment, Ama­to is as revered as he is on record. His set up has tak­en many forms over the years, large­ly cen­tred around clas­sic hard­ware such as the Korg MS 20, the Roland TR 808 and SH 101. His new live project (called Ama­to’) is a 100% ana­log, return to his roots that has been pre­sent­ed at venues and fes­ti­vals such as Dek­man­tel, Berghain, Nuits Sonores and Off Sonar.

It’s a tes­ta­ment to the con­sis­tent­ly high qual­i­ty of Amato’s work and his vision­ary nature that he remains such a well-respect­ed pil­lar of elec­tron­ic music, with his time­less musi­cal inno­va­tions con­tin­u­ing to rock dance floors worldwide.

Latest updates

The Hacker unveils Third Album with Kittin

The Hacker unveils Third Album with Kittin

The Hacker streams b2b with Djedjotronic

The Hacker streams b2b with Djedjotronic

The Hacker at Unpolished

The Hacker at Unpolished

The Hacker on Bordello A Parigi compilation

The Hacker on Bordello A Parigi compilation

Amato & Adriani exchange & DJ mix

Amato & Adriani exchange & DJ mix

The Hacker & Alessandro Adriani Orb Mag Interview 

The Hacker & Alessandro Adriani Orb Mag Interview 

The Hacker - Nancy EP

The Hacker - Nancy EP

Amato & Adriani present Présence Du Futur

Amato & Adriani present Présence Du Futur

The Hacker presents: Amato - Mécanismes Vol​.​1

The Hacker presents: Amato - Mécanismes Vol​.​1

Incoming! The Hacker reissue.

Incoming! The Hacker reissue.

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