Avila co-founded the music group Food for Feet in 1981, and played with them until 1991.
In 1984, he joined Oingo Boingo, replacing bassist Kerry Hatch. He played with Boingo until 1995.
Avila has worked with many other musical acts including Psychotic Aztecs and Neville Staple in his backing band “The Hitmen”.
Avila owns and operates the recording studio, Brando’s Paradise.
He is currently the bass player in the Los Angeles-based multi-media group the Mutaytor.