Music is about human being. You have to serve the music not yourself.
Snipets playlist of my productions (different styles) :
I have my own studio in the suburb of Paris where i produce most of my stuff. I love vintage gear and modern too. I try to use the best of both worlds.
What i do :
-record keys , Talk Box, program,
-produce your track
-arrangement (strings , brass too)
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any question
Let's work !!!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Isma Hill is one of the most versatile producers I've ever worked with. We've done ballads, hip-hop, jazz, funk, reggae & afro-beat (crazy but check my catalog and you'll see!). Because he truly listens he's able to build incredible arrangements that perfectly suit the vocal and turn into classic records. I've had the pleasure of playing live with him all over Europe and his skillset is so unique that on one of my most important shows at the Apollo in NYC his presence was a must. It's important to mention because this gives him a perspective that takes his work to another level.
Interview with Isma Hill
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My Collaboration with Darien Dean , because we produced few tracks together on his project and mine. We're true friends now..We meet few beautiful people in this adventure . His second album we worked on "Detours" came into The Billboard charts and then we played together @The Apollo NY. Quiet cool for a french Man ;)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: my New personnal album in my name : Isma Hill, A full album for a french artist (production/arrangements), one album to mix (i already produced). One movie soundtrack to finish.(most is acoustic piano)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: of course. I take the job when i have the skills/ knowledge to do it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, i want the best ! you have good in both ;)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: it's gonna be "Pro and well made". Somme people will love it and some wont, but nobody will say it's Sh"""""t.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: it changes everytime, each new project. You share with different people different cultures.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: DO you think it's gonna be a hit ? i don't know !!! the public knows..;)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes when you do something quickly, produce in a day or 2, people think it's easy. What they don't know , It's years of work to be efficient like this.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: i try to know what their influences are ?, what the project is made for ? the kind of public they want to talk to? etc..
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: THe most important and to take time to be sure that he can give you what you expect. He must have the culture, the knowledge. Human being is important too. We do music as we are in life.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: acoustic piano, pen, paper,
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: since 2004, it's my job. Before i was working as Consultant for financial purpose.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: it's a mix of all the music i have been listing to, eating..since my early age. I learn from each production/collaboration
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: without hesitation : Stevie Wonder, because he is the one ! He influenced the most all the modern music . I learned so much from him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: yes of course, i do some master classes sometimes in Paris. Transmission is fantastic ! that's what music is .
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: actually i have no particular style. I started by producing afro-american music but now people call me for anything except Hard rock/metal..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: my capacity to offer few possibility and produce quickly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My knowledge. My culture and love of the sound. i'am known for that. I can go very far if needed. i love working on re-harmonisation, and mix vintage with modern...i work the same for myself; i want your song shine. If it's shines for you it shines for me ;)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: first of all we need to exchange to see if i can bring what you expect. usually i use references with examples then we know both what we're talking about. Then i start to work on a snipet. After validation start the full process depending if it's keys only, arrangement, composition...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Protools ultimate & Ableton 10/11 for daw, Orion studio synergy core as main interface ADC/DAC. Focal Trio6 monitors, mics : SHoeps , sennheiser, neumann, stam audio, royer, shure. Dw drums, Fender rhodes suitcase 88, clavinet duo, moog micro and mini, prophet 08..steinway upright piano, preamps : AML 1073 channelstrip , UA 610, EMI redd47 clone, ANtelope preamps, Vst's synths and Fx's, Uad-2 , Melodyne...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder, EWF, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Vince Mendoza, kaytranada, Maw, Robert glasper, Vulfpeck, ANderson Paak, John Wiliams, Bach, the Beatles, Aretha, George Clinton, George Duke, Bill Evans, Kirk Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Toto, Nate smith, Pino Paladino, D'angelo, James Ingram, Witney Houston, Maceo, James Brown...