Simon Eugene

Songwriter-Producer-Guitarist

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Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Rock, Electro-Pop. Lo-fi, Retro. Top lines, full production backing tracks, ghost writing or complete songs I play all instruments, speciality is acoustic/bass guitar. I write with amazing artists, helping with their songs & expressing their ideas. Strengths in really listening & helping create what is needed. Check reviews.

Experienced writer/producer, I work with all major labels & publishing houses-Universal, BMG, Sony, EMI. Have fast, musical songwriting & arranging skills, will help bring your songs to life, write with you or for you if needed. Music is art. I believe every experience of collaboration should be inspiring & unforgettable. Backing tracks, lyrics, complete productions to build around your ideas, I play almost all instruments including guitars, bass, synths, orchestration.

Have created award nominated soundtracks for TV & Film, set up Wendyhouse Studios, London, working with principle writing partner Jerry Meehan. Co-write & help mentor artists & working extensively with all the major production music houses on TV placements worldwide.

My band Out of my Hair was signed to RCA/BMG. Toured globally, Glastonbury, SXSW, headlining & supporting Bowie, Radiohead, many greats. Interest in production/arranging ran in tandem. I’ve been lucky to work with the great names, learning & exchanging ideas along the way.

I work from my London studio & have vast network of musicians & studio set ups in London, so can handle small to large ensemble projects. Happy to work remotely. I love making music love to help others. Best thing is to have a chat and let me see where how I can help.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

28 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Nash
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    Excellent producer with great feel for the mood of the song. Very creative and supportive too. I've really enjoyed working with Simon and look forward to doing again.

  2. Review by Layla K.
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    Simon is a a lovely guy, easy to work with efficient and quick.

  3. Review by Steven C.
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    Working with Simon is more like finding a long lost writing partner as opposed to a "hired gun". he is the real deal, and he has the chops and the creative ideas to go with. I couldn't recommend him higher for those that are trying to put the puzzle pieces together of a song.

  4. Review by Giles w.
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    I’m so blown away by simons dedication and attention to detail. My songs couldn’t be in better hands. I will be using him again in the future and no one else!! He is also a talented guitar player. Backing vocals great too. Quick turnaround with no loss of quality. He definitely has a 60’s 70’ vibe/ tone which is unique and makes a song not what you thought it could be.

  5. Review by Steven C.
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    I can't say enough great things about Simon. If I could give him 10 stars I would. A true pro, very easy to work with, and the type of guy you feel totally gets what you are trying say and express without ever having met face to face. He will be my first go to songwriting partner in the future. He is really gifted at his chosen craft!

  6. Review by Sec Eason
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    Simon is so kind and always give me lots of suggestions!

  7. Review by Giles w.
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    Simon really nailed the song again, lovely guy really rocks the songs

  8. Review by Giles w.
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    Simon always delivers the magic touch

  9. Review by Hugo P.
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    Very honest guy, professional, dedicated and with a talent
    He is really good in all the steps.
    One the best person on sound better

    The vocals are amazing, great producer, great songwriter, amazing melodies

    If you need a great person and amazing musician, Simon is one the best here

  10. Review by Isabella C.
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    Amazing job. I went to Simon with a simple demo and told him what I wished for it – he was super nice with me and made it everything I wanted. Simply great. Highly recommended producer and artist, talented and with a knack for grasping what could fit the song well. Loved working with him!

  11. Review by Giles w.
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    Great work again, highly recommended

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    Simon is like gold dust! I love what he brings to the table. Really nice guy and 100% for effort.

  13. Review by Giles w.
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    Thanks once again for a great job with my song. It has paved the way for my singer

  14. Review by Giles w.
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    It was a real pleasure working with Simon. He managed to turn a mediocre lyric melody and add a magic touch bringing the song to life. Highly recommended and I will be Looking forward to working closely with Simon on many more songs

  15. Review by Sec Eason
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    Simon is so nice, and he makes feel warm and patient ,he's ability is amazing, and I hope we will work together

  16. Review by Greg Bone
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    Simon is an extremely talented songwriter producer and multi instrumentalist and a great guy to be around if you don’t know where to go with your song I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified
    to take you in the right direction production or writing it’s always been a really pleasure working with Simon and can’t recommend him enough
    In any capacity please don’t hesitate to contact me for any reference

  17. Review by Greg Bone
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    Simon is an extremely talented songwriter producer and multi instrumentalist and a great guy to be around if you don’t know where to go with your song I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified
    to take you in the right direction production or writing it’s always been a really pleasure working with Simon and can’t recommend him enough
    In any capacity please don’t hesitate to contact me for any reference

  18. Review by Greg Bone
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    Simon is an extremely talented songwriter producer and multi instrumentalist and a great guy to be around if you don’t know where to go with your song I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified
    to take you in the right direction production or writing it’s always been a really pleasure working with Simon and can’t recommend him enough
    In any capacity please don’t hesitate to contact me for any reference

  19. Review by Angie Pollock
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    Simon is one of the most multi-talented - singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, arrangers I have had the pleasure to work with. As well as his amazing guitar and keyboard playing, his vocals are mind-blowing and most importantly it all comes from the heart, which you can hear and feel in everything he does. A true inspiration to have worked with.

  20. Review by Angie Pollock
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    Simon is one of the most multi-talented - singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, arrangers I have had the pleasure to work with. As well as his amazing guitar and keyboard playing, his vocals are mind-blowing and most importantly it all comes from the heart, which you can hear and feel in everything he does. A true inspiration to have worked with.

  21. Review by Angie Pollock
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    Simon is one of the most multi-talented - singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, producer, arrangers I have had the pleasure to work with. As well as his amazing guitar and keyboard playing, his vocals are mind-blowing and most importantly it all comes from the heart, which you can hear and feel in everything he does. A true inspiration to have worked with.

  22. Review by Alex Gabbay
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    Simon is an excellent songwriter and composer. Whenever I work with him what impresses me is his intuitive sense of what’s needed musically and his ability to add what is often a simple stroke of genius to the project. He gives his all to make sure you’re happy with the final output.

  23. Review by Hassan Amini
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    Simon composed the original music for the documentary 'Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party'. He was a joy to work with (as he has been on every project). As well as having great ideas of his own, Simon patiently listens to everyone else’s, filters out the bad ones and always improves on the better ones. If you're looking for a collaborator with sensitivity and an understanding of narrative, i can't recommend him more highly.

  24. Review by Mel Wesson
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    I worked with Simon many years ago on an album project with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey. Simon's a hugely talented guy, good to have around the studio, full of ideas, a great songwriter too... loved working with him, hopefully again at some stage! A true individual voice and rare talent.

  25. Review by Suzanne M.
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    I have worked with Simon in many environments and contexts, Simon consistently delivers, as a producer realising the artists full potential and expanding on their strengths to get the best results is at the forefront of his formula for success.
    One of the most talented songwriters I know he is an excellent guide & mentor, always achieving excellence in the finished product..
    He is a visionary with a purity and integrity about his process that makes him a rare diamond in the rough in this industry

  26. Review by Martin Virgo
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    The stamp of 100% pure quality runs through everything Simon does, whether it be his masterful song writing, film composition, sound production, guitar playing or his wonderful haunting vocals. His music captures the authentic spirit of whatever style he chooses to work in be it folk, world, pop or soundtracks, and the guy can rock too! I am more than happy to recommend him for any potential project in whatever capacity, you won't be disappointed.

  27. Review by David Preston
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    Having worked with him on a number of projects, Simon has never done anything but astound me with his talent and clear-headed approach to making wonderful and beautiful music. Never relying on the 'expected' or 'normal' he is quirky, interesting, vital and learned. His intelligent and professional ideas about his work are perfectly balanced with his genuine skills and love of music. A true songwriter, first and last.

  28. Review by Bonnie Sutton
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    Consumate professional with superb attention to detail, always giving space to my extra demands! Simon did a complete soundtrack for a documentary commissoned by my company including numerous scores and original tracks. I couldn't have asked for anything more, he went over and above the brief and delivered more than anything we were expecting. Highly recommended.

Interview with Simon Eugene

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

  2. A: The one previous to this, I helped a Chinese artist to create a beautiful Celtic Folk track. I loved doing it, it even had bagpipes!

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

  4. A: I'm helping an artist develop the toplines on his tracks. He has the backing tracks and is humming the vague skeleton of a tune into his phone and sending it to me and I'm helping bring the whole thing to life.

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: I listen to the idea I've been sent as soon as I'm ready to work on it, not before. Then I let an initial wave of ideas coming, without thinking, just allow it to happen, record whatever comes out, on a phone now. before maybe on a dictaphone. Then I create the document in Logic and just dig straight in!

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

  8. A: I don't personally know anyone else on the platform but I have been recommmending that friends and colleagues sign up.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Digital now. I love analogue and if I have the room, the space, the money and the patience I would also use hardware BUT software has got so good now and with it you can record, arrange and mix on the go.

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

  12. A: That I will listen to them, understand what they need and then, if I can feel I can deliver it, will absolutely promise they will get the very best out of me.

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

  14. A: I just love making music. I love getting a vague idea and making it sound as inspiring, or as beautiful or as energised as possible. Whatever the project, it allows me to get lost in the world of music and that is my favorite place to be.

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

  16. A: Usually the main areas of focus are either to help with the top line melody or to create an arrangement for the track. I think there is always a grey area when it comes to song splits and publishing, like if you write a melody for someone then technically you should definitely take a stake in the publishing. So common questions would be about that.

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

  18. A: I don't know that there is a misconception or any ambiguity to the service I provide. Its basically to help people make their song sound as amazing as possible! I very rarely run into misunderstandings.

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

  20. A: I'll ask what you have so far, whether you have any sound reference examples I can hear of what you are aiming for, what you need from me to help you finish the song. Is there anything there that you haven't expressed sonically that you would love to include. What is it you are trying to convey, how much or how little do you want changed, added to, built upon.

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

  22. A: Trust. Feel absolutely free to communicate what you need, enjoy the process, know that what you will get from working with me is a realisation of what you are looking for, I wont take on a job if I don't feel I can do that.

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

  24. A: I would take my EAR 660 limiting amp, my UAD Apollo interface, my Ensoniq ESQ1 keyboard, my Tokai strat guitar and my Fender Precision Bass

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: I've doing this a long time now, 25 years. I was signed originally to RCA Records with my band Out of my Hair and i released a couple of albums with them and toured around the world supporting bands like Radiohead, David Bowie headlining my own tours, playing festivals. I worked with a lot of great producers and I learned from them but I also have followed my own sonic path so to speak, Whilst that was going on I moved also into production music because i loved the challenge of working in different styles and genres and continue this to this day. I worked with a lot of artists, writing and mentoring them. Then I helped my good friend Jerry Meehan set up the very successful London recording studio Wendyhouse. I moved into writing film soundtracks, traveled around the world, spent time in India playing music there, continuing to release my own material to this day. Music addict.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Its a slightly hard question to answer because I move around a fair bit stylistically. At heart I make very melodic music that is gently psychedelic, often very acoustic without quite being 'folk'. Thats my own stuff but I go all over the place, I love programming beats, I take inspiration from hip hop and R&B productions in the sheer quality of the sound creations, I love indie music, I love loads of music. Because I play a lot of instruments and write so much music I'm able to really move across a broad spectrum of styles. I just know that I will leave dance music in general to people who love it more than I do.

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

  30. A: Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, because I love where he is at sonically and feel very much in the same ball park.

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

  32. A: Go for simplicity. Let the song and the vocal shine through and build the track around it. don't clutter with two many idea. Think of the tracks you love-they might have one distinctive sound in there you always remember. Not 5, just one. With so much technology at our fingertips we have to sometimes consciously remind ourselves to just go back to the simple.

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

  34. A: I love classic styles, acoustic rock or folk, melodic pop and rock, psychedelia is also a favourite, and sometimes bringing in touches of different genres, cross relating them.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Understanding people, listening to what they want even if they are not sure themselves, seeing beyond what you are immediately presented with. Allowing people to express themselves fully, because that's where the real joy of making music is. Feeling that you have really expressed who you are or what you wanted to get done. There is no better feeling.

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

  38. A: Music, structure, form. I love to hear where the beautiful bits of the song are and bring them out, develop them, maybe edit things down a bit and concentrate on the strengths. Listen to the lyrics or help with them, again try and accentuate the strengths, help with a discerning editing process, bring out the imagery, the importance of evoking pictures in the listener's mind. Allow the production to compliment and not interfere with the track. Songwriting to me is quite a holy process in a way, such a beautiful process, allowing things to happen, making the space for them.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Well I used to be a real gear head and had a lot of vintage outboard gear, EAR compressors, Neve, Altec, Klein and Hummell. I loved this stuff! But as i can became more mobile I downsized and now, because of the improvements in digital technology, for the first time I feel my current set up is as good, and as 'earthy' as my pld one. For this I have to credit two companies, UAD and Acustica. I have a UAD Apollo interface which sounds fantastic. I still keep hold of a lot of my old vintage synths. Mic wise I'm enjoying the Aston products which compliment my Neumann collection. And I have my trusted NS10s still with me.

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

  42. A: Right now Kevin Parker from Tame Impala inspires me because there is so much kinship in the way that he works. I love his attention to sound sculpting and everything he does sonically is kind of where I am at. I have a love of psychedelia and his forward thinking approach opens up new territories that are endlessly fascinating. I am also really enjoying the work that John Parish has done with Aldous Harding and would say that this is my most favorite album of the last couple of years. It is in one way simple acoustic music but there are beautiful subtle twists that turn it away from the norm and compliment her distinctive voice and songwriting.

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

  44. A: Recently I've done two full soundtracks for a couple of BBC film length documentaries, meaning a huge variety of styles from single songs to orchestrated recordings, Persian music, modern classical. Really inspiring to stretch yourself in these ways. Mostly I specialise in classic pop/rock/folk productions, writing is my greatest strength alongside producing up full backing tracks. Everything basically. I don't drum! But I programme them very well and have a fantastic network of some of the top musicians in London to call upon when the occasion demands.

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2 revisions after track is shared back but am flexible project to project. Session musician tracks 2 days, songwriting sessions 2 days, full productions one week dependent on schedule.

GenresSounds Like
  • Damien Rice
  • Tame Impala
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Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • EAR 660 Compressor
  • Fern Pre-Amp
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