Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Rock, Electro, Lo-fi. Top lines, full production backing tracks, co-writing & complete songs. I play a full range of instruments, write with amazing artists, helping with their songs & expressing their ideas. I am totally committed to helping you create your vision. Please see reviews for happy clients!
For me, music is art & every experience of collaboration should be inspiring & unforgettable. I can write for you, write with you, create backing tracks, top lines & complete productions to build around your ideas.
I also work in long form music & have created award nominated soundtracks for TV & Film, I work with the major production music houses on TV placements worldwide including Sony, Universal, KPM, BMG. I also helped set up Wendyhouse Recording Studios, London, owned by my soundtracks partner Jerry Meehan.
Working on Soundbetter has been the best platform I've found to share my musical skills & I've worked on so many great projects on here.
My band history was in being signed to RCA/BMG, touring globally, headlining & supporting Bowie, Radiohead, many greats, all the major festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW. I've even had a Japanese Manga Comic Strip named after me!
My interest and thirst for production/arranging always ran in tandem. I’ve been lucky to work with some of the worlds great producers, learning & exchanging ideas along the way.
I have vast network of great musicians & studio set ups in London, so can handle small to large ensemble projects. Happy to work remotely. I love making music love and I love to help others realise their vision.
Best thing is to get in touch, have a chat and see how I can help.
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104 Reviews - 21 Repeat ClientsEndorse Simon Eugene
Simon helped me on a few projects recently and was super helpful on all scores. Besides being a highly skilled pro musician/producer and a great communicator, he's a nice guy who is easy to work with.
Simon is truly a talented songwriter and musician with a high level of skills. He delivered a great job. I strongly recommend.
Simon had been fantastic to work with. He has produced 2 brilliant tracks which are everything I wanted them to be. He has been patient, worked quickly and his guidance has been great. Had an awesome time doing the vox with him in the studio. Couldn’t recommend him more! Look forward to working on stuff in the future :)
Working with Simon has been fantastic! His musical expertise and clear and regular communication make working with him a pleasant and productive experience. My songs are better because of his excellent playing and producing contributions, and I strongly recommend him for your projects.
Simon has been a great collaborator and his inclination to experiment with the resources I provided him and add additional touches to enhance my song was of great aid
Lovely production added to my song! Quick turn around, great communication. Thank you Simon!
I am delighted to collaborate with Simon on the arrangement of a song. He is a professional and tasteful arranger who quickly understands my needs. Some of the requirements are quite detailed, and he actively find ways to resolve them. Furthermore, his arrangements not only meet my expectations but also often provide pleasant surprises. The final result exceeds my initial expectations. I hope to have the opportunity to continue working with him.
The production sounds amazing!
very professional and talented. He was great at listening to what I was looking for and also making reiterations as needed so that I was happy by the end. Would definitely work with him again!
I’m very grateful to have had Simon working on my first project. He had an uncanny ability to get right to the heart of my song straight away and add exactly what it needed with instrumentals etc. great communication even across the other side of the world. Highly recommend!
I'm half way through a project with Simon and he has been absolutely fantastic. He has taken time to listen to and understand my ideas. He has given me some great ideas and advice and begun to really bring my song to life. Super excited to finish this track with him.
Simon delivers on both process and results! He is incredibly talented, puts in the work and goes the extra mile. He is also very collaborative. My project was complex, requiring Simon to apply a vast set of skills; vocal melody, songwriting, musician (numerous instruments), vocals, arrangement, production, mixing. All were done brilliantly, and with creativity and great musical instincts. The result -- an awesome, professional sounding track! I highly recommend Simon!
I am delighted again with Simon's work for me. Great communication, speedy turnover and excelent result. His interpretation of my work and my wants were spot on. Great job, above and beyond the ask, well recommended.
Absolutely love the song that I worked on with Simon. He collaborated with me at every step, making sure that it aligned with my vision and I felt good. He listened and put so much care into the song. I look forward to working with Simon again!
Simon was very easy to work with and did exactly what I had asked him to do in a timely manner and very well. I asked him to do 3 more!!
Working with Simon was great. I will definitely be reaching out anytime I need instrumentals.
He is timely and communicative - not to mention a brilliant musician.
Working with Simon was a great experience. He understood the song immediately and initially created a more powerful arrangement to compliment it. Simon used his own innovation and creative/technical skills to bring the song to another level, which brightened my day. I highly recommend working with Simon, as he is certainly nothing less than a pro and also a great mentor.
Simon helped us with another song. He is an absolute pleasure to collaborate with on projects. His musical talents and vocal range are incredible. He really turned this song into something special that we wouldn't of been able to achieve on our own. I highly recommend working with him on any musical projects. And we look forward to working with him again in the future.
Simon was superb to work with. He was able to execute & facilitate exactly what I needed (mixing, playing some parts, lining up a great drummer, and co-producing). He worked fast, kept me in the loop every step of the way, and the end result was top notch! I'd highly recommend Simon.
Receptive to my needs. Top quality and professional.
Interview with Simon Eugene
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The one previous to this, I helped a Chinese artist to create a beautiful Celtic Folk track. I loved doing it, it even had bagpipes!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm helping an artist develop the toplines on his tracks. He has the backing tracks and is humming the vague skeleton of a tune into his phone and sending it to me and I'm helping bring the whole thing to life.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't personally know anyone else on the platform but I have been recommmending that friends and colleagues sign up.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital now. I love analogue and if I have the room, the space, the money and the patience I would also use hardware BUT software has got so good now and with it you can record, arrange and mix on the go.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will listen to them, understand what they need and then, if I can feel I can deliver it, will absolutely promise they will get the very best out of me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love making music. I love getting a vague idea and making it sound as inspiring, or as beautiful or as energised as possible. Whatever the project, it allows me to get lost in the world of music and that is my favorite place to be.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the idea I've been sent as soon as I'm ready to work on it, not before. Then I let an initial wave of ideas coming, without thinking, just allow it to happen, record whatever comes out, on a phone now. before maybe on a dictaphone. Then I create the document in Logic and just dig straight in!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually the main areas of focus are either to help with the top line melody or to create an arrangement for the track. I think there is always a grey area when it comes to song splits and publishing, like if you write a melody for someone then technically you should definitely take a stake in the publishing. So common questions would be about that.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't know that there is a misconception or any ambiguity to the service I provide. Its basically to help people make their song sound as amazing as possible! I very rarely run into misunderstandings.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'll ask what you have so far, whether you have any sound reference examples I can hear of what you are aiming for, what you need from me to help you finish the song. Is there anything there that you haven't expressed sonically that you would love to include. What is it you are trying to convey, how much or how little do you want changed, added to, built upon.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust. Feel absolutely free to communicate what you need, enjoy the process, know that what you will get from working with me is a realisation of what you are looking for, I wont take on a job if I don't feel I can do that.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my EAR 660 limiting amp, my UAD Apollo interface, my Ensoniq ESQ1 keyboard, my Tokai strat guitar and my Fender Precision Bass
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've doing this a long time now, 25 years. I was signed originally to RCA Records with my band Out of my Hair and i released a couple of albums with them and toured around the world supporting bands like Radiohead, David Bowie headlining my own tours, playing festivals. I worked with a lot of great producers and I learned from them but I also have followed my own sonic path so to speak, Whilst that was going on I moved also into production music because i loved the challenge of working in different styles and genres and continue this to this day. I worked with a lot of artists, writing and mentoring them. Then I helped my good friend Jerry Meehan set up the very successful London recording studio Wendyhouse. I moved into writing film soundtracks, traveled around the world, spent time in India playing music there, continuing to release my own material to this day. Music addict.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Its a slightly hard question to answer because I move around a fair bit stylistically. At heart I make very melodic music that is gently psychedelic, often very acoustic without quite being 'folk'. Thats my own stuff but I go all over the place, I love programming beats, I take inspiration from hip hop and R&B productions in the sheer quality of the sound creations, I love indie music, I love loads of music. Because I play a lot of instruments and write so much music I'm able to really move across a broad spectrum of styles. I just know that I will leave dance music in general to people who love it more than I do.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, because I love where he is at sonically and feel very much in the same ball park.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Go for simplicity. Let the song and the vocal shine through and build the track around it. don't clutter with two many idea. Think of the tracks you love-they might have one distinctive sound in there you always remember. Not 5, just one. With so much technology at our fingertips we have to sometimes consciously remind ourselves to just go back to the simple.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love classic styles, acoustic rock or folk, melodic pop and rock, psychedelia is also a favourite, and sometimes bringing in touches of different genres, cross relating them.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding people, listening to what they want even if they are not sure themselves, seeing beyond what you are immediately presented with. Allowing people to express themselves fully, because that's where the real joy of making music is. Feeling that you have really expressed who you are or what you wanted to get done. There is no better feeling.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Music, structure, form. I love to hear where the beautiful bits of the song are and bring them out, develop them, maybe edit things down a bit and concentrate on the strengths. Listen to the lyrics or help with them, again try and accentuate the strengths, help with a discerning editing process, bring out the imagery, the importance of evoking pictures in the listener's mind. Allow the production to compliment and not interfere with the track. Songwriting to me is quite a holy process in a way, such a beautiful process, allowing things to happen, making the space for them.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Well I used to be a real gear head and had a lot of vintage outboard gear, EAR compressors, Neve, Altec, Klein and Hummell. I loved this stuff! But as i can became more mobile I downsized and now, because of the improvements in digital technology, for the first time I feel my current set up is as good, and as 'earthy' as my pld one. For this I have to credit two companies, UAD and Acustica. I have a UAD Apollo interface which sounds fantastic. I still keep hold of a lot of my old vintage synths. Mic wise I'm enjoying the Aston products which compliment my Neumann collection. And I have my trusted NS10s still with me.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Right now Kevin Parker from Tame Impala inspires me because there is so much kinship in the way that he works. I love his attention to sound sculpting and everything he does sonically is kind of where I am at. I have a love of psychedelia and his forward thinking approach opens up new territories that are endlessly fascinating. I am also really enjoying the work that John Parish has done with Aldous Harding and would say that this is my most favorite album of the last couple of years. It is in one way simple acoustic music but there are beautiful subtle twists that turn it away from the norm and compliment her distinctive voice and songwriting.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recently I've done two full soundtracks for a couple of BBC film length documentaries, meaning a huge variety of styles from single songs to orchestrated recordings, Persian music, modern classical. Really inspiring to stretch yourself in these ways. Mostly I specialise in classic pop/rock/folk productions, writing is my greatest strength alongside producing up full backing tracks. Everything basically. I don't drum! But I programme them very well and have a fantastic network of some of the top musicians in London to call upon when the occasion demands.