To know Greco and the innate electronic pulse that flows through him, you would assume he slid out of the womb straight into a warehouse of glow sticks and strobe lights. You would never imagine he learned his production skills on a farm in Tranquility, California, just outside of Fresno. Rumor has it that his first keyboard was made from kernels of corn. True or not, Greco’s signature sound has since tattooed hundreds of songs.
At age five, Greco Rossetti learned to play the drums, piano, saxophone and the guitar. In high school, he played percussion in the jazz band that toured the state, learning the ropes of life on the road, minus the sex and drugs part.
Greco was born into a musical family. Greco’s uncle was a famous mariachi singer in Mexico and his great grandparents were avid songwriters. Their folk band toured the U.S. through the late 1970’s. In addition, his mother has been a dance instructor for over 40 years, hence Greco’s conniptions on stage. (Editor’s note: See a live Shotgun Radio show and try not being sore just watching him).
Over the course of his musical youth, Greco became bored with traditional instruments and began learning the technical aspect of modern music. He bought his first 808 drum machine at thirteen years of age and started making beats for local hip-hop kids. While most kids collected baseball cards, Greco’s home studio became a museum of vintage gear with such pieces as a Roland-juno 60, Moog source, etc.
With influences such as Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, New Order and Nine Inch Nails, Greco became addicted to electronic music and formed the electro-pop band, Artistry alongside friends John Riley and Jason Delgado. With high hair in tow, they played numerous shows and eventually opened up for Prodigy and Moby. As the band’s sound got heavier, so did their identity spawning the band to change their name to Reverse. Shortly thereafter, the band was signed to an independent record label in Los Angeles and put out an album before suddenly dismantling. With that, Greco was on pace to be potentially featured in a future episode of E! True Hollywood Story.
In 1994, following his inner cruise control, Greco took the back roads to the highway, running out of gas in Los Angeles, California. He had outgrown the small pond complex and accepted the challenge of testing his gills in rough, unforgiving waters. Slamming the car door, these two worlds collided.
Greco attended the Los Angeles Recording Workshop and, immediately after graduation, landed an assistant engineering job for Ice-T’s Body Count album and was the keyboard programmer for Body Count’s Ernie C Encounter. Also during this time, Greco worked on Michael Jackson’s “History” album, edited for Ozzy Osbourne and Brazzaville, performed at a Super Bowl halftime show with Diana Ross and played keyboards for Laurie Kranz at a party for the film, “54” at Studio 54 in New York City.
All the while, Greco was working on his own music as well and recorded out of his home (his bathroom doubling as a vocal booth) and called it Room107 Studios. Although intimate and convenient, Greco was persuaded to move his gear and work as the in-house producer for the newly-formed Tantrum Entertainment, located between Hollywood & Vine and the Capitol Records building on one side and Mann’s Chinese Theater on the other.
Having met too many people with empty promises and filled heads, Greco was weary of who he shared his talents with. One day, Tantrum Entertainment hired Marcel Saxlund and with only a few seconds of sideways glances and visual assessments like dogs sniffing each other (no actual sniffing occurred, however), the two hit it off and eventually created the band, Shotgun Radio and have since released two albums in that same studio (Tantrum Entertainment eventually folded), had several commercial and film licensing credits to their name as well as being sought after producers and remixers.
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