As a writer, producer, mixer I written and produced projects for major label to indie artists in genres from pop to rap and gospel to rock, folk and so on. Also, I have provided music for independent and major motion pictures as well as television and companies like the NFL and Major League Baseball. Steve Lillywhite says ‘just Google his name!'
I offer production, co-production, writing, co-writing, top line, mixing, and mixing touch ups. I can produce a song from the ground up as well as work to improve the production you may already have. Vocal arranging, comping and tuning vocals as well as generating harmonies are also things that I offer. I program live or drum machine type drums with great realistic feel. Please note that my mixing services are separate from vocal tuning and comping.
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Simon Illa carries tons of experience into his work. The thing that really stands out to me with Simon is all the subtle ways he makes sure a session goes right, from encouraging those he's recording to knowing when to take a break. Great guy, great talent.
Working with Simon was one of the best experiences I have had as a musician. Not only is he extremely professional, but he genuinely wants to see his artists succeed. He is a mentor, a friend, and extremely knowledgeable of music/the recording industry. Not to mention a great guy!
Simon is a master producer who seems to have limitless ideas when it comes to all genres of music. We've worked together on over 30 published songs, and each project I bring to him is done with creativity and professionalism. Not to mention, he's a great guy, a solid communicator, and will always shoot you straight. I highly recommend him!
Simon is great. We've worked together on numerous projects. Simon has great ideas and knows how to execute them in a way that makes a song shine the way it needs to. Don't hesitate to contact Simon Illa!
Interview with Simon Illa
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Primarily I produce music, arrange music and vocals, and mix. My specialty is vocal tuning an arranging in several genres.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by the work of Steve Lillywhite, Butch Walker, Benny Blanco, and Dave Pensado.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools with Slates full line of plug ins - WAVs plug ins - Logic with numerous VSTs including Maschine, Serum, SynthMaster, Kontacts etc.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Varies from project to project.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I see my job is to take an idea, a song, a session and let it be what it is but take it to its best version of itself. Does that make sense? Lol. To reach a songs ultimate potential based on what it needs and deserves without insinuating myself in the process. Its not about me, its about the art.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal production and arranging. I do write and some co-writing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B, Trap, and Folk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take time with vocals and don't just rely on autotune. Also, if you need to correct some pitch that is ok and happens often but as long as you have the delivery you want. If the feeling is in the take, and it is just a hair flat, it can be fixed later. Also, take more vocals than you think you need.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I know when to be technical and I know when to let the art speak for itself.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: That is way too long of a story.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have the files ready and allow others to do what they do best. Trust them and their experience and process.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise them that if anyone promises them anything in the music business, they best avoid that situation.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog and digital. Because.