Ever since Michel Amato aka The Hacker started making music in the ’90, his creativity and craft never ceased to amaze us, whether is was through his own productions or through his famous collaboration with Miss Kittin. His passion for avant-garde techno, electro and synths seems to be instilled in his releases creating a signature sound that’s quite hard to forget. Having released on labels like Sativae, White Noise, Tsuba, Infiné, Correspondant and Tigersushi, as well as on his own label ZONE, The Hacker is now back with an exquisite full length called “Le Théâtre des Opérations” which went out on November 15th on Dark Entries, and he’s now sharing with us a little bit of his inner world.


My name is Amato Michel but you might know me as The Hacker. I was born in 1972 and grew up in Grenoble/France. When I was a child my idol was Duran Duran, because their videos were amazing. When I was 15, I started to buy records. It was then when I realised that I was really into music and decided to make music myself. Since then I never stopped.

One of the best gigs I played was Moog Barcelona for the Gigolo night. It was so much fun it went too fast and I don’t remember everything, I was drunk.
One of the best gigs I have been to was first time I saw Jeff mills in 1993. I loved the music he played, Detroit techno was new to me.


Now I live in Grenoble! with my books/records and synths. In my house you can find books/records/video tape/dvd/synths and my refrigerator is usually full with not much, I order food most of the time. I enjoy reading and I do it a lot. I can spend hours searching for new sounds on a synth. One of my favorite places to visit is Barcelona, because I love the food, the weather, the people, the atmosphere.

On weekdays I make music in my studio during the day and go you at night and on weekends I usually dj/play somewhere in Europe.

My favorite song at the moment is “My little dark age” by MGMT. A film I watched lately and really liked was finally the latest Star Wars episode is not that bad. The last series I watched and loved was Vinyl (I ‘m not really into series).

I am very inspired by science fiction /Kraftwerk. My dream is to write the perfect electro track (but Kraftwerk already did it).

I love_and hate social media (more and more).

I am addicted to cigarettes/facebook, I just cannot stop.

I get totally fucked up, when I go out with my friends and drink vodka on the rocks. The next day I need to do nothing, talk to no one.


Tomorrow I have nothing special to do. Next month I’m touring a lot. Next year I don’t know, maybe a new album. In 10 years I hope that I’ll still be around making music.


If I wasn’t a dj/musician, I would be a very sad person.
If my life was a Hollywood movie, it would be a bit boring I think, haha. Johnny Depp would have the main role, because he looks like a cool guy. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be haha that’s personal.
If I was a car, I would be a citroen DS21. If I was an animal, I would be a cat. If I was a drug, I would be solvent. If I was an invention, I would be room service. If I could date myself, I won’t go, it’s boring when you already know everything about somenone.

If I could play with anyone it would be Helena Hauff, I really like her dj set, she’s one of the best for me right now. I would like to collaborate with Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode (but it’s more a dream than a wish).

If I had only one wish, it would be never loose my interest in music.

I would never make deep house, because it’s boring.


My word of advice to the reader would be to just do your thing.