Singer/songwriter from London, UK.
Singer / top-line writer.
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Interview with Calte Jones
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm most proud of a song I wrote called 'Let Go' as it really summed just how I was feeling (and to some extent still do) about holding onto the past.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and having the ability to take a song in any direction
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's all about the talent (partly true) but it is very much about persistence, belief, hustle and networking! It's not easy, even if you have the best record or vocals in the world, you still have to 'believe in yourself' so that other people will
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How does this work plan to be used?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: List everything required in detail
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: paper, a pen, my phone (to record melodies & lyrics) Shure SM58 and amp
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing a long time and began writing poetry and songs at the age of 12. I was super shy/awkward when it came to performing, which definitely held me back when I was younger. I attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts at the age of 14 and really found confidence and belief in performing. I then went onto ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) based in Guildford and began to learn music theory, history and developed my writing further. Ultimately, the main thing is to find a unique style or 'voice' and develop it. I had my own band and we gigged in and around London. I began performing acoustically at a few venues; The Troubadour, The Bedford, Jazz Cafe. I'm now writing/collaborating and looking for uniqueness in my writing - I'm a deep thinker about the world we live in/people/philosophy and want this to come through in my music, in a nice way though, not a dull, negative way..
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dark pop / soulful
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: One that springs to mind would be singer/writer Sia Furler. Her ability to tell a beautiful story through her unique lyrics is inspiring.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Work on the things you're not good at to get better - most people focus on their strengths, not weaknesses
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being creative and trying different things on a track - I often end up going back to the very first version I wrote - soon as the thinking comes into it, I end up over doing it. Sometimes the best take or version is the first!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality, a part of myself, of who I am and what I want to say
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, listen again, listen some more and start jamming/writing/singing from the first listen onwards until I get something I like.. I usually have a theme or idea in mind after the first listen of an instrumental.. The tone of it often sets the tone of my writing style. E.g. major keys - pop / minor keys - down beat or melancholy
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Rode NTA-1 microphone Sonar 7 LE production Roland MIDI keys
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are many musicians/writers who inspire me; Adele, Florence Welch, Paul Epworth, The XX, Jamie Woon, London Grammar, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Banks, Sade, Max Martin, SIA, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Portishead, Zero 7, Dev Hynes, Justin Parker, Lana Del Rey, Hans Zimmer (saw his epic, orchestral set at Coachella this year, blew me away, incredible musician/genius!)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common type of work I do is writing a topline melody/lyrics and adding my vocals over a produced instrumental. I work remotely most of the time, but for those based in London am always happy to meet and visit the studio to get that polished sound.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Various writing/vocals projects for some great producers!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How quickly can you get this back to me? I often ask when they need it and work around that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: This can vary but mainly Dark-Pop, Alt-R&B and Soulful sounds / I seem to get a bit of work for EDM tracks