Hugh Reilly-Smith

Indie/Pop Mix Engineer

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Ft. on Radio 1 playlist, video game Pro Evolution Soccer, global Citreon ad, as well as internationally acclaimed TV shows on the BBC and Amazon Prime plus 1mil+ Spotify streams and counting. Primarily working on Pop, Indie Rock I can provide additional prod + mix. Drop me a line, and let's do this!

Ultimately as an artist primarily myself, I understand the obsession for perfection that comes with this line of work; and so I'll do my utmost to ensure we make the most important piece of music possible.


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  1. Review by EDWARD SANSOM

    I always love working with Hugh. He is a great songwriter, producer and a genuine down-to-earth guy. I have collaborated with him on projects and produced some awesome songs. I'd take any opportunity to work with Hugh again. 10/10 recommend.

Interview with Hugh Reilly-Smith

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Digital emulations of analog gear - all the original love but with automation etc. But then I think there's something beautiful about not being able to go back and change things sometimes - so in that case analog.

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

  4. A: Being able to create new and exciting worlds every single day.

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

  6. A: Music is a desk job. For me at least.

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

  8. A: Do you want to make the best possible song?

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

  10. A: I've always worked better with people I get on with. The main focus on making something beautiful, everything else is secondary.

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

  12. A: Right now: Laptop. A Mini Moog emulation. A Juno 106 Emulation. Usb Mic. Electric Guitar. That'd do me a few tunes. But in general, I think the most exciting things come out of trying things you haven't done before. So ideally I'd find some bongos on the shore or something.

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

  14. A: I've been producing since my teen years, and have lost hours in the world of music production every day ever since. I've primarily a performer, and an artist throughout that period, but creating something permanent - records that can be played over and over again; creating something out of nothing, is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Indie bedroom pop, imperfect but vital.

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

  18. A: I've recently listened to a lot of Bleachers, I'd love to work with Jack Antonoff as he just comes across as a genius.

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

  20. A: Perspective.

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

  22. A: I love Pop music. There's something beautiful about a good pop song - that it's unique, and interesting, but also doesn't sway too far from what's expected. It's like a delicate balancing act, that's almost impossible to put your finger on. But more literally - I love song that have something to say, that's the most important thing to me.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Knowing when I'm wrong.

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

  26. A: I bring an obsession for creating something unique, and important. I've worked in countless other jobs in my life, and would still be doing them if I cared about the money. I just want to make things that are bold, courageous, and make a difference.

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

  28. A: Pulling my hair out trying to find a vibe for a song, finding that vibe, losing days perfecting that vibe, existing in it for a little, and then finalising the details.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I work from my home set up using Logic Pro X, primarily working in the box I have a vast selection of virtual software instruments in order to capture any sound I'm after - between that and my huge sample selection usually it gets the job done. However, sometimes the software instrumentals just feel a little false, I've found recently that layering an acoustic kit on top of drum machines, e.g linndrum, sounds pretty tight. Between that and re-amping VST synths (or just layering them with something real, e.g grand piano) creates something unique.

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

  32. A: Anything that feels different from what's currently going on in the world of Pop - but still fits in. I'm constantly inspired by producers such as Jack Antonoff, Ian Kirkpatrick, Kenny Beats.

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

  34. A: Writing/producing indie pop songs with edge.


I was the Writer/Producer/Mixer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Holly Humberstone
  • The 1975
  • Tove Lo
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro X
  • Pro Tools
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Programming
  • Midi Keyboard
  • Acoustic Drum Kit
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  • Love Island UKSep 27, 2021

    My cover of 'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne, produced and performed by yours truly was ft on Love Island UK.

  • BBC Radio 1 PlaySep 27, 2021

    First BBC Radio 1 play for my new artist project 'Cat Marina'