Leo Abrahams

Guitar, Noise, Hooks

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Credits with Mark Ronson, Jon Hopkins, Regina Spektor and many more. Guitar, but not as we know it. From pristine sonic landscapes, through intricately crafted parts, to utter filth. Everything I send you will serve the song - it won't just be sonic splurge. Unless sonic splurge is what you want.

I love playing guitar for people and contributing to their music. I'll bring unique sounds, and a producer's ear for arrangement and hooks. I made the Enigma sample libraries for Spitfire Audio, and now I'm excited to take a bespoke approach.

I'm equally happy taking specific instructions (including sheet music), abstract ones (someone once told me to play as if I'd been cycling uphill in the verse and downhill in the chorus), or no instructions at all. I can send a variety of approaches for you to choose from, which I can then develop further.

I always think about what works in the context of the song or piece of music - both in terms of musical content and texture. But first takes often have a specific energy, so I usually record my gut reaction before getting too analytical!

After studying composition at the Royal Academy I joined Imogen Heap's band. Over a 22-year career I've featured on over 350 releases by artists including Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Grace Jones, Mark Ronson, Paul Simon, Adele and Florence & The Machine, and on film scores such as Oceans 8, Twilight and The Lovely Bones.

DJing is not my skill but I've posted a montage of clips from various releases. Aside from the obvious, all the synth-y sounds are guitar too.

I'll be happy to help you however I can.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

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86 Reviews - 19 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Nicolas S.
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    Pure magic.
    Leo provided beautiful, creative lines that added a real spark to the track. He's obviously talented, friendly and fast. I can't recommend him enough!

  2. Review by thebostocks
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    Leo is a brilliant creative guitarist who has provided great sounds to transform my track. Would thoroughly recommend him.

  3. Review by Paul J.
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    Leo did great on my album lots of variety and options to choose from and pop sensibility is spot on. Highly recommended!!

  4. Review by Cloe
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    Leo is responsive and talented. He is willing to listen to my input with a quick turnaround. Enjoy working with him!

  5. Review by Milo Planet
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    SPECTACULAR work once again by a true master !! Leo has his own unique, very tasteful style. This time he created something that's best described as cyberpunk bluegrass - INCREDIBLY EXCITING ROCK & ROLL :D

    Not working with Leo is a mistake you simply can't afford to make !!

  6. Review by Milo Planet
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    Leo is one of the best ambient guitar players in the world. His unique style will propeller your music to new heights.

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    World class creative GTR sounds !!

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    Super fantastic GTR player and arranger with such great taste :D
    His cinematic atmospheres are equally as amazing as his uplifting styles. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommended!

  9. Review by Steve Bostock
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    Great experience working with Leo. Selection of tracks were perfect for my project and has added the extra dimension I was looking for. Brilliant .

  10. Review by Leonard R.
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    So easy to work with, and always delivers great tracks! 100% pro work.

  11. Review by Stefan W.
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    A symphony of sweet guitar noise this time! I can not recommend Leo highly enough, this service is world class !!!

  12. Review by badgerthebear
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    Stunning. Emotive. Discordant. Hooks everywhere. Working with Leo on my album has been a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Leo.

  13. Review by Milo Planet
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    Leo delivers pure EPICNESS !! Plus excellent customer service. The most mysterious and brilliant guitar player on this site.

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    A true guitar noise LEGEND !! This is a SB super service(!) don't hesitate :D

  15. Review by Stefan W.
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    WOW! Leo is an ambient/mysterious GTR MASTER :D

  16. Review by badgerthebear
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    Emotions, hooks, glitch, Leo just knows what to play to bring everything together. This has been an incredible experience.

  17. Review by badgerthebear
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    As you might tell from the amount of reviews, I am in the incredibly lucky position to get Leo to play on every song on my album. I look forward to every track he works on as they all take giant leaps forward. Thank you Leo, I am having an absolute blast here and this song has turned into something really special.

  18. Review by badgerthebear
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    Gut-wrenchingly perfect guitars. I am constantly in awe of Leo and everything he brings to my project.

  19. Review by Jamey L.
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    This is my second time working with Leo and he shined on this track!
    He has so many great ideas and really knows how to make the song come alive. It's pleasure to work with someone on this level.

  20. Review by Leonard R.
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    Love working with Leo. He never disappoints, and always delivers!

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