Session guitarist, Producer

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Yohann on SoundBetter

I would love to work with you on your music ! I am a session guitarist at sounderstudio (France), a music enthoustiast doing my best to bring you the track of your dreams. If you are looking for top notch guitars, arrangement, composition, mixing, let me know I would be pleased to fullfill your needs and even pushed them a bit further. ;-)

The most important thing to me is to understand exactly what you are looking for, so we will chat by skype or message on some essential points :

your musical directions
the role of the guitar in your track (main, ambient, lead, in the background, fills...)
the tone you are seeking (or the artist you would have dreamed to hear on your track)
composing, arranging a guitar or simply play better an existing one, the format of tracks you need that will fit perfectly your workflow (guitar effect, dry, ambiance, a sum of all, mono or stereo, software versions, 44;1 to 192khz...).

By the way I believe tone is the foundation of a great track, I am a bit picky on this so I can understand you are too...;-)

Once that step is done, I will work on your project and send you the files, then, we'll discuss about it and make corrections in a dynamic way until your track is completed.

My main focus when I track is to play the right parts, "less is more" is one of my moto, this way I am sure not to overload your track, let the space for other instruments and be as efficient as possible.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, I will be glad to hear from you.


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7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Bjo Steink

    Yohann is a great musician, I'm working with him on a few tracks. He is patient, a great listener and he really understands my goal.
    If you need any help for music purposes you should really get in contact with him. He has great artistic ideas and technically he is awesome !

  2. Review by John Henry Sinapati

    I have been collaborating with Yohann on several projects since the early 2000s. He is an accomplished musician-sound engineer and a very devoted, versatile and hardliner professional. I highly recommend him to develop any of your musical endeavour ranging from 60's psychedelia to electro jazz and classic rock. He always has the right advice coupled with the right gear and/or the right sound effect. + his studio is extremely well furnished with high-end top quality material!!

  3. Review by Laurent Rebours

    I have hired Yohann for music for websites and little graphic animation, he has been very responsive with lots of ideas and the amazing quality tracks I have received satisfied me on all levels and even exceed them. I highly recommend him for any musical purpose.
    Laurent Rebours (webdesigner)

  4. Review by Cris Oriol

    I've been doing Skype sessions with Yohann for six month and he's knows everything about the sound, how the studio works.. And on top of that he's a great professional, musician and human being.

  5. Review by François Fanelli

    I work with Mr Abbou since 15 years and the least I can say is that beyond the obvious qualities of his high skills in the musical domain, his openness, his technicals knowledge, his mastery of digital audio technologies and more generally his apprehension of the studio as a creative tool, his most striking qualities are his enthusiasm to manage a musical project and his integrity.

    François fanelli, Sonics mastering (Gypsie Kings, Tigran Hamasyan, Arthur H, Magic Malik, Piers faccini, David Linx, Gabriel Yared …)

  6. Review by Simon Prouveze

    Yohann plays great funk guitar and outstanding solo or even replace keyboards with special chords and sound in a band where we played together.I have also played jazz and be bop standards with him, incredible repertoire. Right now I follow all his projects especially his electro quartet with tasty chorus and atmospheric chords on these incredible jungle beat he composed.
    I always ask him for my composition, guitar tricks, guitar gears, and mixing advises, he is a great guy, I highly recommend him for any gig or session.
    Simon Prouveze (professional guitarist and singer in PARADE )

  7. Review by Damien Ossart-Villanova

    I had the opportunity and the pleasure to work with Yohann Abbou for many years.
    He is an accomplished guitarist, composer, educator and sound engineer as well as a soulful human being.
    I would highly recommand him for any of these gigs and I am honored to be part of his musical journey.
    Damien Ossart-Villanova

Interview with Yohann

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I usually play and record electric, acoustic or bass guitar. I also compose or arrange songs, i mix songs from other artists.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: First, respect; I know how it is damn hard to be involved in a creation process and managing to deliver the music we have in our head. Second hapinness, always glad to be a part of a project and meet new artists

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I am currently recording my guitars in a wet dry wet with R121, josephson e22s and schoeps or peluso for ambiance, 6 tracks are going into Neve Shelford 5052 into a 5060 console and uses logic, pro tools or ableton depending of the client. My main monitors are PMC two two 6, all cable are vovox.

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: depth and energy!

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: crafting sounds out of this world.

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Pretty hard to answer at the studio I really have played on everything you can imagine, rock,reggae, rap, pop, EDM, jazz, funk...As an artist my music is based on electronic hip hop rock and jazz.

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Yes even 2 ;-) Understand deeply which groove you are playing on andalways having the perfect tone for the part you are playing before any treatment, you have 99% of the tone which you desire, the engineer could then do his job better and less time is lost.

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: bjork, radiohead, Nils peter molvaer, john scofield, scott henderson.

  17. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  18. A: lespaul, matchless, my pedalboard, R121, neve console, neve preamps.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: feel free to ask anything that is relevant to your purpose we will manage to find a way to make it happen.

  21. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  22. A: What do you need on this track, someone who is doing an existing guitar or someone who craft it.

  23. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  24. A: Usually it is more a problem of knowing what they really need...the classic one is they needa producer for their project and hire me as a guitarist waiting that I do the job of an arranger, producer, guitarist. Eacgh of those roles can be done together but the thing is it is not at the same moment in the project, knowing your place at the right time is essential to be efficient in the role you are doing.

  25. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  26. A: can I do it cheaper, or can I do more for the same price, the answer is no. lool

  27. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  28. A: It is creative

  29. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  30. A: You will be more than satisfied with the result of what you have ordered.

  31. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  32. A: Both! I am really into mixing those 2 sides at each level, as a guitarist and as a producer. analog because the core tone is here and digital for its accuracy.

  33. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  34. A: not for the moment

  35. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  36. A: I am currently composing my 3rd album as an artist and record some guitars at the studio this week was an epic metal symphonic theme for a soundtrack.

  37. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  38. A: I am very proud of my 2nd album Between Landscapes, because I have done everything on it from composing, playing, tracking all musicians, mixing, arranging and mastering.

Spaces Yohann Abbou electro quartet

I was the composer, guitar player, mixing and recording engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I like to have short turn around time, it keeps me fresh and dynamic. The price depends on the number of takes needed and on the number of tracks you want me to play on, let's get in touch for details

GenresSounds Like
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Jimmy Page
  • Jeff Beck
Gear Highlights
  • Lespaul R9
  • strat SVL
  • Collings l35 dlx
  • Martin OM28
  • matchless independance
  • princeton
  • tweed deluxe
  • neve 5060 & 5052
  • PMC two two 6
  • vovox cable
  • accoustic field room treatment
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