Today we’d like to introduce you to Simone Sello.
Simone, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born and raised in Rome, Italy; I started studying music in middle school, and I got my first professional gigs at the age of 16. Eventually, people began calling me to play guitar in their bands and recordings, and by word of mouth my clientele became larger and more consistent. By the age of 20, music had become my job! After playing in the Sanremo Festival Orchestra for four years, I decided to move to Los Angeles; it was 1997, and by then I had played with many Italian artists and I was writing articles for music magazines (“Chitarre” being the main one). Besides guitar playing and journalism, I got more and more interested in music production: so, through a referral by guitar legend Steve Vai, I started working with bass ace Billy Sheehan. As of today, our collaboration has lasted over 20 years!
Meanwhile, I got calls for live touring: in 2000, I joined the band of Aaron Carter, who was about to become a sensation in the pop world. I played guitar with him for years, we toured most of the US and Canada, and it was a fun and successful experience! Meanwhile, I’ve always kept a foot in the music production, and at some point I started getting involved in the music sync world: as of today, a big part of my activity consists in delivering content for TV and movie productions: LA is a very special place for this kind of thing!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been a smooth road: by definition, the professional entertainment world is quite bumpy… Mine has not been an exception, even though I must admit I have been quite lucky overall. Los Angeles certainly offers many opportunities, but the competition is very high; plus, most of the music gigs have a limited life span, and each time you’re finished with one, you have to start over with nothing in your hands, out in the field looking for the next opportunity. I would say that determination, luck and a fair dose of unconsciousness are the necessary ingredients if you want to pay your bills with music!
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My clientele has always been quite diverse, so as time went by, I eventually developed some sense of understanding of the clients’ needs. Making music is not that hard if you’re somewhat good, but communicating with someone who maybe doesn’t have certain technical or language skills, and/or is not sure about what they want can be very challenging, indeed… So, at some point in my career, I thought I would try offering an online music production service: at MusicDemoProducer.com we use our experience to cater to whoever needs their music ideas to sound like records! With today’s technology, this is possible: the client sends us a rough idea of their music, we discuss it until we agree on a general direction, and we start arranging it. Usually, with 2 or 3 emails back and forth, we can achieve a good result, 100 percent remotely!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My music activity is split in different areas, and so are my future plans:
– As far as my guitar playing goes, I’ll never stop studying and learning: that’s a never-ending journey!
– For my music sync career (Film and TV), I want to keep working with my current clients and expand the roster.
– I also want to pursue more of my own personal music compositions: I like to combine experimental music and videos such as https://vimeo.com/270244717
– Last but not least, I would like to expand MusicDemoProducer.com so that more people can learn and appreciate the value of music production.
- Our most popular package is #2a: with $1000 you get your song produced like a record (vocals not included).
- Website: http://musicdemoproducer.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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