Ilario Parascandolo

Producer and musician

Ilario Parascandolo on SoundBetter

I am a music producer and a musician

Hey everybody, I am a music producer and a session drummer. I have my own studio where I record, mix and master tracks for myself and for other people. I also play bass, guitar, keyboard and I can sing too.
I am specialized in rock and pop rock and I can easily record, mix and master full instrumental productions playing every instrument needed and sing.
I also produce electronic music and I am specialized in synthwave, retrowave and future funk.

Feel free to contact me for any question.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Ilario Parascandolo

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

  2. A: I once worked with a young italian singer. He only had vague and incomplete ideas of what his songs were supposed to sound like. I was supposed to be only the bass player and the audio engineer but I found myself helping the artist to develop the melodies and to find the best chords.

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

  4. A: I am producing synthwave tracks for an Italian singer. She usually gives me simple demos made by her and I produce the track from scratch.

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

  6. A: Yes, Pino Saracini. He's a professional bass player.

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

  8. A: A frequent question is: "Once you send me the mix, will I have the chance to ask for changes?" My answer is: "Yes. But don't worry, it is not going to be necessary". That is because I always make sure to understand what sound the customer asked for in the first place.

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

  10. A: People think that what I do is not a job but only a hobby. Music production is creative and fun but it requires commitment, knowledge and experience just like any other job.

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

  12. A: Computer, interface, microphone, guitar and keyboard.

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

  14. A: I started taking drums lessons when I was 9. My father played bass and my brother played guitar. We uses to jam a lot and I also started learning how to play all the other instruments I had at home. When I was 12 I started recording my favorite songs with cubase and I learned how to sing as well. So it's been more than 20 years now that I play and record everyday. Meanwhile I switched to Apple and Logic Pro, took singing and guitar lessons.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: I like simplicity. When I arrange a song, I try to use a small number of instruments so each one of them can express itself better and doesn't get covered by millions of other layers that are often used to hide a not clear idea of the whole arrangement.

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

  18. A: I would like to work with Brandon Flowers because he has a great voice and he's also very emotional. In his whole music career you can spot so many influences: from Bruce Springsteen to Joy Division, from dance to Gospel. That is so inspiring.

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

  20. A: Yes. Don't be scared of simplicity.

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

  22. A: I usually record and mix rock, punk rock, pop rock. In the past five years I have also been working on electronic music (especially synthwave and retrowave).

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I am very patient. While recording, while editing and while mixing. I just can't say my work is done until the artist is satisfied and until I am satisfied. I don't like hurrying up to get to the next job but I don't waste time either.

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

  26. A: Many artists I worked with said that I brought energy to their music. I think that is because I like encouraging musicians to do always a better job while recording and not settling to what they think is un acceptable take.

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

  28. A: When I have to arrange a song, I try to figure what is the strongest skill of the artist I am working with. Then I figure what kind of arrangement would fit the best for the artist and I make her/him listen to some ideas I got with examples from other professional productions. Once the idea is approved, I try to make it more personal in order to make something completely new and original.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I have a home studio with drums, bass guitars, guitars, keyboards, orange and fender amps. I record with a Focusrite (3rd generation) and AKG microphones (XL II). I use Logic Pro X.

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

  32. A: I was very inspired by the session drummer Josh Freese, by "The Edge" from U2, Brian Eno and Brendan O'Brien.

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

  34. A: I am frequently asked to arrange songs starting from a very simple demo (for example acoustic guitar and vocals). Once I find the direction, I record all the instruments needed and I do the editing. Then I like tracking the vocals with the singer in my studio and suggesting back vocals. Then I mix and master the whole thing.

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GenresSounds Like
  • The Killers
  • Foo Fighters
  • The Weeknd
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Legacy
  • American Standard Precision Bass
  • American Standard Jazz Bass
  • Thin Line Telecaster
  • Stratocaster
  • AD Orange AMP
  • Focusrite Clarett 8 pre X
  • AKG XL II
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