Photographer : Alisha McKellar

Writing music since his teenage years, Simon Illa and Unbreakable Music Group, LLC, are forces to create with. In 2001, Simon's incredibly diverse production skills brought him to Philadelphia, where legendary producer/writer Kenny Gamble (Gamble and Huff), took Simon under his wing to develop several artists.

Simon's reputation for successfully producing music within numerous genres from Pop to Rap and Gospel to Rock began to gain tremendous recognition. Simon earned an East Coast Emmy nomination for his music from NBC's "Tribute to 9/11" in 2003, was dubbed "Philadelphia's Hottest Producer" by Blender Magazine in 2006. Called "...one of the world's foremost and phenomenal music producers" by Urban Mogul Magazine in 2008.

Simon's extensive list of production credits, include artists such as Big Boi signee Vonnegutt, D. Woods (of Danity Kane), Nate Currin, Margie Chadburn, Manchester Orchestra and others, film soundtracks (American Rap Stars, Invincible, and G), tour production (Vivian Green, Floetry, and others), Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and writing/production for a handful of radio and television productions.

Simon is often recogonized from his appearance on TLC's hit television series "Miami Ink" and also a feature article in Georgia Music Magazine's Summer 2010 issue.

press quotes
  • Just google his name - Simon Illa
    Steve Lillywhite (producer of U2, Dave Matthews Band, and more)
  • ...the Illest himself is blessed with talent that makes his physical condition an unimportant postscript in his liner notes.
    Scheme Magazine Online
  • Simon is...Philadelphia's Hottest Producer
    Blender Magazine
  • Superstar Producer Simon Illa: More Than Meets The Eye.
    Georgia Music Magazine
  • Simon is my personal and professional inspiration, he knows his craft and has the charm that inspires artist to reach deep.
    Dee Dee Murray (Record Exec. LaFace and Purple Ribbon Ent)
  • Definition of a Hustler
    Urban Hitz Magazine Australia
  • It's a simple thing, really: What you expect Simon to be capable of, based on what he looks like, is so far removed from who he is. The contradiction is powerful.
    Philadelphia Magazine
  • Simon Illa is the next Quincy Jones
    George Tisdale