The Hacker

The Hacker

Real Name:
Michel Amato
Profile:
« L’homme de l’ombre »… From his start in the hardcore techno to the massive success he found with Miss Kittin, Michel Amato aka The Hacker is one of todays most talented and innovative French artists. With Electro (Kraftwerk) to New Wave (The Cure and Depeche Mode for ever) as a musical background he was also familiar with the French rave of the early 90’s.

Michel starts doing music in 1989 at the age of 17 in Grenoble (France). Duran Duran was around but he discovers the dark sides of Electro with Cabaret Voltaire and D.A.F. In 93, although in love with LFO, he took the hardcore side and released a few 12”s with Benoit Bolloni (aka Money Peny Project) under the moniker XMF on the label of the same name.

In 95, he lowers the bpm but not the energy. Under the name The Hacker he makes his own music in a classic Detroit style with Jeff Mills in mind. His first tracks are released on Ozone and Interface. Three years later he found his own label Goodlife Records (a classic track from Inner City) with his friends Oxia and Alex Reynaud, but still releases tracks on other labels such as A Strange Day on UMF and Method Of Force on Sativae. The tones of his debut album “Melodies En Sous-Sol” (spring 2000) surmise his musical dreams where you can hear New Order, Dopplereffekt or the hardcore of PCP.

His first album, the 12”s Electronic Existentialist (Missile) and Cabaret Futura (Feis)) and the remix Greed (Laurent Garnier) made the statement that The Hacker was the new messenger of the French Electronic scene.Nevertheless it’s another project that will put The Hacker on the international stage.
He creates some fun 80’s electro-pop with his friend Caroline Herve aka Miss Kittin. DJ Hell loves their first track “Gratin Dauphinois” on Technics and signs them on his new label Gigolo in 97. In Germany the success comes immediately with “Champagne” and “Intimités”. They are booked everywhere with Miss Kittin appearing as a dominant nurse and The Hacker cold as ice behind the machines and decks. With the beginning of the Electroclash in 2001 they become hype all over the world ! Parties everywhere, talked about by Karl Lagerfeld and Elton John amongst others, The Hacker is one of the most sought-after producers remixing for Mark Almond, Fischerspooner, Air and Nizer Ebb.

In 2002 after their U.S. tour, Michel and Caroline decide to take a break from their project. The Hacker takes this opportunity to create new tracks to release on 12” such as The Beach on Mental Groove and Dance Industria on Tiga’s label Turbo. He collaborates with Kiko and Alexander Robotnik, Millimetric & David Caretta, toured all over the globe as deejay and starts working on his second album “Reves Mecaniques”.
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The Hacker Discography

Albums

The Hacker Mélodies En Sous-Sol (Album) GoodLife, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
The Hacker Reves Mecaniques (Album) Different, GoodLife, [PIAS] Recordings France 2004 Sell This Version
DIFF 1090 CD/DVD, 451.1090.033 The Hacker X(CD, P/Mixed + DVD-V) Different, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] DIFF 1090 CD/DVD, 451.1090.033 France 2008 Sell This Version
none The Hacker Love / Kraft(File, MP3, Album) Zone none France 2014

Singles & EPs

INT 001 The Hacker Phunky Data EP(12", EP) Interface INT 001 France 1996 Sell This Version
DD004 The Hacker Desynchronized EP(12", EP) Doug Dunnerr Productions DD004 France 1997 Sell This Version
int02 The Hacker "...Probably" EP(12", EP) Interface int02 France 1997 Sell This Version
The Hacker Le Danseur Parfait EP (EP) Magic Trax UK 1998 Sell This Version
GL01 The Hacker Girls On Film EP(12", EP) GoodLife GL01 France 1998 Sell This Version
The Hacker A Strange Day E.P (EP) UMF Records France 1999 Sell This Version
The Hacker Moments presents The Hacker Moments France 2000 Sell This Version
The Hacker Fadin'away Remix GoodLife, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] Europe 2000 Sell This Version
The Hacker & Kiko The Hacker & Kiko - Buy Some Remixes Paparazzi Records Switzerland 2000 Sell This Version
The Hacker Electronic Existentialist Missile Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
Eur 005 The Hacker Blade Runner(12") €uro Records Eur 005 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
tiva019 The Hacker Methods Of Force EP(12", EP) Sativae tiva019 UK 2000 Sell This Version
The Hacker Just Play Rotation Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
The Hacker Nothing Lasts (The Remixes) Missile Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
Al Ferox & The Hacker Al Ferox & The Hacker - Dead Zone Dancefloor Killers France 2001 Sell This Version
Oxia Vs The Hacker Oxia Vs The Hacker - GoodLife EP (EP) GoodLife France 2001 Sell This Version
feis008-6 The Hacker Cabaret Futura E.P.(12", EP) Feis feis008-6 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
The Hacker Cabaret Futura Vol. 2 (EP) Feis Germany 2002 Sell This Version
error404xx3 Tonio* & Vitalic / The Hacker Tonio* & Vitalic / The Hacker - To L'An-fer From Chicago(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Error 404 error404xx3 France 2003 Sell This Version
The Hacker / Millimetric, David Carretta The Hacker / Millimetric, David Carretta - Moskow Reise GoodLife, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] France 2003 Sell This Version
The Hacker Life / Death E.P. (EP) Dancefloor Killers France 2003 Sell This Version