I have been playing guitar for more than ten years and I am mainly involved in Metal, but I can play several genres. I am very meticulous in my work, which is why I offer 3 reviews of it. Your satisfaction is my satisfaction.
I have the opportunity to play through the most iconographic amplifiers of all time, and this will greatly affect the final sound of your album / song. Your production will have nothing to envy to Large Productions!
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Interview with ILLUCO
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm working on my own project, you can find it on YouTube, searching for "Buddy Works". It's not my first personal project, but this one has something different from the previous ones.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Just like asking "Chicken or Beef?". Ain't no answer to that. It is just a matter of workflow and feeling while working.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm here to help you, and I will always do my best to make you happy. ALWAYS.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I really like the space this work leaves for creativity
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They frequently ask me if I am able to help them. I always answer that I'm here to help you, and I will always do my best to make you happy.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The communication is very important, and I want to be as clear as possible. In my services, the mixing and mastering process is not always included, it is included ONLY for the BACKING TRACKS service I offer. In all the other cases you will have to order it separately.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: It depends on the project they hire me for. In case of a collaboration in which I have to compose the guitar lines, I will ask for a mood, composition references, tones references, and his personal likes in music in general (just to be sure to create the product he aspected)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to talk with me. I need to talk with you to make you the more satisfied I can, as your satisfaction is my satisfaction.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Does my audio monitors counts as one? :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I play the guitar from 2008. I learnt to play with the classical guitar, but I didn't like it. I felt like something was missing, I needed something more. So, after a long time, in 2010, I bought my first electric guitar. An Ibanez that I still and always have with me. From there, I really understood that the music was my path. There can be nothing but music in my life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is really strange, have to admit it. I think I can be tagged as thoughtful, powerful and melodic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd really like to works, in spite of my favorite genre, with Steven Wilson (lead singer for "Porcupine tree", prog-rock). Steven for me is such a big, BIG inspiration. His sounds reminds me of Pink Floyd, but in a modern key. He is able to create melodies that leads you to another planet. He really nails my personal idea of what the music should create.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Close your eyes and imagine a scene. It can be a scene from a movie, a scene you have seen a few time ago or a long ime ago. Focus on that scene and with eyes wide shut put you hands on your instrument and start to play. I'm not the only one this tip works with. When there is creativity, nothing is impossible!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with heavy music. But I also worked in Punk projects, as well in Pop project. I have even rebuild songs without the guitars, where the main instruments were pianos or strings.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I always preferred to play the rhythm guitars, because I think that even the most beautiful solo of all times can't be so beautiful without a strong rhythm line behind it. I can offer my ten+ years of experience as a metal guitarist to guarantee you this result. I also play solos, of course. I really love the post production process as well. I can offer a decent mix and mastering that is close enough to the Big Productions at a fair price.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A song needs feeling, needs to be able to communicate with the audience even without the vocals. I think the most important thing in a song is to create a mood, a place and a situation in which the audience is completely involved.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the type of work required. As for the writing of a guitar line, for example, I let myself be guided by the references that are sent to me first of all. I take the time to listen and carefully study their compositional style. Then it's time to adapt it to the client's style. Finally the most important part of all, the choice of tone. The choice of tone makes the difference in a production, so I usually prefer to send several tests to the client and have some feedback. Only once all these processes are completed can the recording phase begin.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: In my studio I boast the ability to play with 10 different guitars, to cover as many types of sounds as possible. All my sounds come from my Fractal Ax Fx II which is a premp / processor for guitar and bass that contains the (ultra faithful) reproductions of a multitude of amplifiers that have marked the history of music for years. It is the most used tool by the greatest musicians, such as: Misha Monsoon, John Petrucci, Tosin Abasi, The Edge, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Metallica, Synyster Gates, Guthrie Govan, and many others.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The biggest inspiration for my playing were bands like As I Lay Dying, Lamb Of God, Periphery, and many others. But not only; I am a music lover, which is why my influences are also very influenced by the Pop and Rock genres.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: - I can record pre-written guitar lines (electric guitar, acoustic guitar or classical guitar); - Compose custom guitar lines (mainly for Metal, Hard Rock, Rock, Punk, Pop genres); - Make covers very faithful to the original song (all instruments); - Mix your Metal / Hard Rock / Punk / Pop song (or album).