I'm a guitarist and producer based in London. I have extensive experience both as a session player and as a recording & mixing engineer, as well as in production, arranging and band leading. From Funk to Hard Rock, I'm comfortable in many number of genres and will provide you with whatever your track needs, from a screaming solo to a cleaner mix.
Having completed a contemporary music degree, my knowledge of styles and theory is broad, and I'm a regular performer in London with bands or as a hired gun. Over the last few years I've had the pleasure to play with members of Razorlight, The Blockheads or Razorlight or David GIlmour's band, as well as recording with or assisting world class engineers like Liam Nolan (Michael Jackson, Paul MacCartney, Amy Winehouse) or Mike Boddy (David Gilmour, Roxy Music), at renowned studios like Metropolis or British Grove.
I'm a regular live performer, having played in festivals like Glastonbury, as well as having toured Japan, the U.S. and the U.K.
Session highlights include Phil Manzanera ( Roxy Music/ David Gilmour), Band of Skulls or Walt Disco.I also have plenty of experience in the studio, having managed the studio at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance as the head engineer and working at 5DB Studios, as well as being the in house engineer at Gallery Studios. I was also the head tech at Powerhaus Camden.
I have produced Eps for artists like The Famous Daxx and Anna Carow.
Wether you need an improved arrangement for your track, a full band production with a horn section or a groovy guitar to add flavour get in touch. I will provide you with a selection of close, ambient and D.I. takes, and 3 alternative versions. Contact for more details on mixing!
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3 ReviewsEndorse Lucas Polo Music
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Lucas recently. He made the studio feel like a really homely and creative space to work in. Nothing was ever any trouble at all which let me focus on creating and delivering the best performances I could.
Lucas was professional, efficient, kind, and easy to work with. He made me feel very safe and relaxed, which is so important when recording vocals- the recordings turned out great! He had some good inputs and constructive feedback as well. The studio was really fresh and nice, and all the gear we used sounded great and was good quality gear. All in all, Lucas smashed it - I will definitely use his services again as well as recommend him to friends!
Amazing guitar player! Extremely talented and knew exactly what the song needed to take it to the next level and to make it special. Very happy with the result. Thank you!
Interview with Lucas Polo Music
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in three different environments, depending on the requirements on the job. I have my home studio set up, with Genelec 8020 monitors, a MacBook Pro equipped with Pro Tools and a Universal Audio Apollo interface, plus a big range of plug ins like UAD Ultimate, Soundtoys and many more, plus my trustworthy, hand-wired Marshall 1974x and either a 1972 Gibson ES-335 or 1976 Fender Strat as my main guitar sound, plus a big range of standard and boutique pedals. If the job requires a full live room or a bigger selection of Microphones I have access to bigger facilities like Gallery Studios, with a big selection of Neumann condenser microphones, Neve Pre amps and lovely outboard gear.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So Many! From the classic examples of Jimi Hendrix or David Gilmour on guitar duties to production legends like George Clinton, Tony Visconti, Mark Ronson or Massive Attack.Lately I have been listening to a lot of The War on Drugs, Phoebe Bridgers and Mogwai.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was in a band called Longlight for a few years and we worked on some incredible music. I was there as the guitarist and arranger and even though the project is no more I would love the world to hear it one day
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A live mix for a 12 piece Funk band and a studio mix for an Indie Rock band, really different!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analog sounds fantastic, but the ability of creating sounds on the go with just a laptop has introduced music production to a whole new generation of people who wouldn't have access to it regardless. The right tool for the right job, they're both really fun to use in their own way.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will keep trying until I get it right and they're happy, no matter how long it takes!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That hours, days or months will be spent in something only lasting only a few minutes, but that, sometimes, that audiowave will be so powerful that it will move people. Into dancing, into shouting and jumping or into crying.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Does the track need anything else? And the answer will of course vary, but a simple, strong arrangement is more often than not more powerful than over complicating a track.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That all we do is play! Most of our time is spent preparing, travelling, thinking or doing admin that will allow us to perform the job we love to do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do they hope to achieve. What music do they love. Do they have any reference of what they believe the track needs. What mood, what message is the song carrying and how do they think I could re-enforce that?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The more you know what you want, the more I will be able to help you achieve it! There's a difference between granting creative freedom and indecisiveness. If you have a vision, I will do my best to get close to it!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacBook Pro, because you can create endless music with software nowadays. My Genelec Monitors, because music deserves to be listened to properly. My Strat, my Marshall and an Sm57!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a guitar player for 15 years now, after watching Hendrix play at Woodstock in a youtube video. I moved from my native Spain to study music, having decided there was nothing else I wanted to do more. Whilst studying my degree I also started assisting in studios as a tea boy, where I learned many valuable lessons in production and etiquette. I've worked in pretty much every area of the industry, putting shows as a promoter, helping bands rise as an unofficial manager, selling records, doing lights or stage management for a show, and of course recording, mixing and performing with many bands, in many different styles.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic, loud and hopefully rhythmic!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: George Clinton, for his relentless search of individuality in his musicians, which he then cooked together in one brilliant, colourful melting pot.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Silence can be your most powerful friend!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have a deep love for Funk, Disco and Rock music, but I currently play in Punk, Indie and experimental bands as well!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Possibly the energy in my playing!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Hopefully I bring a different approach. I try to think of the most obvious way of complimenting a track with my guitar, and then twist it so that the part is both memorable and blends with the track.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends. When approaching a guitar part, I try to be as musical as possible and serve the song. It's no good if you come up with a brilliant riff that completely overshadows the vocal melody! So I will try to find something that compliments the vocal, locks in with the bass and drums and grooves. After that I might think of a few ways of adding details that bring the part to life, little licks and embellishments, and then consider which voicing or frequency range is the most appropriate so that the overall sound doesn't get muddy. When soloing, I try to be as passionate and musical as possible. If the song requires a hectic, noisy solo I won't hesitate on throwing as much energy as required,but if I need a Pop approach I will quote the melody and look for the most harmonically balanced and simple phrases I can. When mixing a track, I tend to play the recording a few times, and discuss with the client what sound they're trying to achieve. I believe there's no universal approach to mixing, and many times no right and wrong, it depends on feel and taste, so I will send some ideas back and forth and then start trying to get a great relationship between the bass and drum track. Then I will try and fit in the other elements around them, and finally I will work to get a great vocal, sculpting the other instruments once again to make space for it. Finally I will approach the little details that bring a mix to life, like reverbs, echos, and auxiliary effect tracks, trying to be inventive with my panning and automation so that the ear doesn't get too used to what's going on in the track. The last step is to bring everything to the forefront, checking that the drums are crisp, the bass is felt as much as it's heard and the vocal is detailed.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I frequently record full bands in the London area, really often mixing and mastering those tracks so the client gets the final result from someone who understands their aims and vision from the first moment. Likewise, I'm often hired as a guitar player for the range of sounds I can produce and my energetic and enthusiastic approach.