Guitarist, Producer

11 Reviews (4 Verified)
Yohann on SoundBetter

I would love to work with you on your music ! I am a session guitarist at FFWL, Paris (France), I have worked with popular french artists from The voice France, as other mainstream artists and some more unknown talented french artists... If you are looking for top notch guitars, professionnal relationship Contact me.

My main focus when I track is to play the right parts, "less is more" is one of my moto, this way I am sure not to overload your track, let the space for other instruments and be as efficient as possible.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, I will be glad to hear from you.


Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

11 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by June
    by June

    Great professional tone, great communication, great feel!

  2. Review by Emanuele F.

    In no time, Yohann has leveled up my project with his creativity, taste, musicianship, and, most importantly, a proficiency with both guitar playing and production which is very rare to come across even among the utmost skilled music professionals

  3. Review by Zachary W.

    100/5 stars. Yohann was the absolute best to work with. His attention to detail and his incredible talent to understand what the I wanted to hear and then translate it into a multi-track recording has brought my project to life. He really is a phenomenal guitarist with a great feel and groove. He helped give my track the funky inspiration it needed.

    Definitely work with him if you're considering it.

  4. Review by June
    by June

    stellar tone, great communication, funky playing. I reckon Yohann has probably one of the tastiest guitar sounds you can get around here on this site. He gave me multiple options of guitar tones and lines to choose from.

  5. Review by Bjo Steink
    by Bjo Steink

    Yohann is a great musician, I'm working with him on a few tracks. He is patient, a great listener and he really understands my goal.
    If you need any help for music purposes you should really get in contact with him. He has great artistic ideas and technically he is awesome !

  6. Review by John Henry Sinapati
    by John Henry Sinapati

    I have been collaborating with Yohann on several projects since the early 2000s. He is an accomplished musician-sound engineer and a very devoted, versatile and hardliner professional. I highly recommend him to develop any of your musical endeavour ranging from 60's psychedelia to electro jazz and classic rock. He always has the right advice coupled with the right gear and/or the right sound effect. + his studio is extremely well furnished with high-end top quality material!!

  7. Review by Laurent Rebours
    by Laurent Rebours

    I have hired Yohann for music for websites and little graphic animation, he has been very responsive with lots of ideas and the amazing quality tracks I have received satisfied me on all levels and even exceed them. I highly recommend him for any musical purpose.
    Laurent Rebours (webdesigner)

  8. Review by Cris Oriol
    by Cris Oriol

    I've been doing Skype sessions with Yohann for six month and he's knows everything about the sound, how the studio works.. And on top of that he's a great professional, musician and human being.

  9. Review by François Fanelli
    by François Fanelli

    I work with Mr Abbou since 15 years and the least I can say is that beyond the obvious qualities of his high skills in the musical domain, his openness, his technicals knowledge, his mastery of digital audio technologies and more generally his apprehension of the studio as a creative tool, his most striking qualities are his enthusiasm to manage a musical project and his integrity.

    François fanelli, Sonics mastering (Gypsie Kings, Tigran Hamasyan, Arthur H, Magic Malik, Piers faccini, David Linx, Gabriel Yared …)

  10. Review by Simon Prouveze
    by Simon Prouveze

    Yohann plays great funk guitar and outstanding solo or even replace keyboards with special chords and sound in a band where we played together.I have also played jazz and be bop standards with him, incredible repertoire. Right now I follow all his projects especially his electro quartet with tasty chorus and atmospheric chords on these incredible jungle beat he composed.
    I always ask him for my composition, guitar tricks, guitar gears, and mixing advises, he is a great guy, I highly recommend him for any gig or session.
    Simon Prouveze (professional guitarist and singer in PARADE )

  11. Review by Damien Ossart-Villanova
    by Damien Ossart-Villanova

    I had the opportunity and the pleasure to work with Yohann Abbou for many years.
    He is an accomplished guitarist, composer, educator and sound engineer as well as a soulful human being.
    I would highly recommand him for any of these gigs and I am honored to be part of his musical journey.
    Damien Ossart-Villanova

Interview with Yohann

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

  2. A: Do you need someone who follow your instructions note for note? or do you need someone that craft the part for you? or do you need a bit of both? Would you like to have several instruments at your disposal? guitar? bass? keyboards? slide? lap steel? mandolin? uke? Which tracks has influenced you fo creating this one? Which guitarist would you dream to have on your track? Do you hear a special tone in your head? Do you want to live a great experience, have fun and enjoying the recording process of your track?

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

  4. A: Niles Rogers, Bruno mars, bjork, radiohead, Nils peter molvaer, I understand deeply their music.

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

  6. A: Pretty hard to answer at the studio I have played on everything you can imagine, rock,reggae, rap, pop, EDM, jazz, funk...As an artist my music is based on electronic hip hop rock and jazz.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Rythm and tone

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

  10. A: energy and depth !

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

  12. A: After I have received the track, I listen deeply and read the advices from the composer, I listen to the influences if there is, read the charts, choosing the right guitar, match the tone first, then the main part. I am recording and when I am convinced it is the best part I could do on the song, I sent a first draft. I like to have a fast turnover between the composer and me as I am used to have the artist in the studio when I do the takes. Then I do a shot on the whole song send the draft, have a discussion on which part feels good and which does not. we do this until we have a draft for all the parts. During all this send an back mailing I ask as many thing I can to be able to catch his ideas and on what he focuses the most. This way we work on each part until he is satisfied If the composer is happy for the main part, then, I do a backing guitars, arrangement phrases. Once everything stacked up I send it back for validation. And finally I send 3 tracks per take 1 with the Chandler RED 47 microphone, one with the Royer R121 and one Rupert Neve DI if whenever the mix engeneer needs it.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I am currently recording my guitars with various combiantion of amps and microphones going straight into Neve Shelford 5052 into a 5060 console, sometimes I can compress with my neve 5254, then through the DAD AX32 converters in Magix Sequoia, Pro tools or ableton. I am able to deliver from 384 khz/DSD to 44 khz pcm wav files. When I mix I use neve hardware and the UAD plug ins, I rely on my main monitors, Prosodia zephyr and sharrav (sub), all cables are vovox. The acoustic has been made by Acoustic Field.

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

  16. A: I usually play and record electric, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, rhodes, keys, srings it depends of the project. I also compose or arrange songs, i mix also songs from other artists.

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

  18. A: lespaul, Super reverb 64, Chandler red 47 Microphone, R121, neve console and preamps.

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

  20. A: I am a professionnal musician since 1998 first gigging, then studying in music schools and conservatory and specialising in the recording music field as a musician and producer.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: I have the chance to have played and study music in a lot of bands, building roots in blues, funk and jazz. Then working with different artist as a studio guitarist I have the pleasure to play guitars in every genre from jazz to electronic music.

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

  24. A: Usually it is more a problem of knowing what they really need...the classic one is they need a producer for their project and hire me as a guitarist waiting that I do the job of an arranger, producer, guitarist. Each of those roles can be done together but the thing is it is not at the same moment in the project, knowing your place at the right time is essential to be efficient in the role you are doing.

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

  26. A: Yes even 2 ;-) Understand deeply which groove you are playing on and always having the perfect tone for the part you are playing before any treatment, you have 99% of the tone which you desire, the engineer could then do his job better and less time is lost.

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

  28. A: Can you do something of your own and I happily say yes;-)

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

  30. A: I am very proud of my 2nd album Between Landscapes, because I have done everything on it from composing, playing, tracking all musicians, mixing, arranging and mastering.

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

  32. A: I am currently composing my 3rd album as an artist and record some guitars at the studio this week was an epic metal symphonic theme for a soundtrack.

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

  34. A: not for the moment

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Both! I am really into mixing those 2 sides at each level, as a guitarist and as a producer. analog because the core tone is here and digital for its accuracy.

  37. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  38. A: You will be more than satisfied with the result of what you have ordered.

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

  40. A: It is creative

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

  42. A: feel free to ask anything that is relevant to your purpose we will manage to find a way to make it happen.

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

  44. A: First, respect; I know how it is damn hard to be involved in a creation process and managing to deliver the music we have in our head. Second hapinness, always glad to be a part of a project and meet new artists

Djay Koi/ Fil Straughan

I was the Electric Guitar/ Electric bass in this production

Terms Of Service

I like to have short turn around time, it keeps me fresh and dynamic. The price depends on the number of instruments/tracks you want me to play on, let's get in touch for details

GenresSounds Like
  • Prince
  • Bruno Mars
  • Nile Rodgers
Gear Highlights
  • Gibson Lespaul R9
  • Fender strat 61
  • lapsteel
  • Martin OM28
  • Rhodes(73)
  • Super Reverb (64)
  • Abalone amp (Dumble style)
  • Neve 5060 console
  • 5052 preamps/eq
  • 5254 comp
  • Chandler Red 47 mic
  • R121
  • Prosodia audio
  • Vovox cable
  • Acoustic Field room treat
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