They say I have a great tone & write great songs. Harmonies are fire too. ;-)
I am a singer/songwriter and often write songs for other artists and feature on songs for other artists; this stems from singing full verses and choruses to just backing vocals needed to add that extra touch to a song.
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Interview with L.A. Cartier
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I often perform at events, write songs for other artists and feature on songs for other artists and music producers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Beyonce Knowles inspires me because of her amazing work ethic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have a small setup up in my house that allows me to record demos. I go to a professional studio to record projects properly.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I do not have a typical work process as I work differently all of the time. Sometimes I have to adjust to work with other people and the way that they work. I also work differently depending on if I am writing a song for myself or created music for others. I can work either to a time limit or just go with the flow.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my own sound, powerful vocals and also different perspectives via my writing.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I feel as though I have many skills, one that I always get complimented on is my ability to write to a variety of different genres. My harmonies are also often praised.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the projects that I work on are of the R&B genre but I tend to feature on songs of all genres.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always show versatility, nobody likes a song or project that is monotonous.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Kanye West because I love the way that he works and thinks out of the box. I feel that he is a musical genius.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I always try to write differently and produced songs of different styles so I couldn't describe my style.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began singing as a child just because I enjoyed it; when I got to around 6 years old my dad bought me a karaoke machine and from then on can I have sang. I started performing in all school concerts up until the age of 16 and then continued to perform at events in college, many different events around London and at university. I first entered the studio at around 14 years old singing verses and choruses for popular MCs of the time. I began recording my own songs at around 15 and had my first single signed by Ministry of Sound at the age of 18; by then I was performing all over the country and also abroad. I then took a break from performing to have two children but always wrote for artists during that time and also continues to recorded demos. In 2018 I came back to the music scene releasing a single entitled No Games, that was followed by my EP, Eight. I continue to work hard on my music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My mobile phone, Laptop, Headphones, Microphone
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open-minded
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the end goal? What exactly do you require from me?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is hard work. I love what I do so I find it easy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you write to 'insert genre'? ... I can write to whatever you need me to write to you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy being able to touch people with both my voice and my words.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to try my best to give you exactly what you are looking for any then something that you never thought of but love.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because it's quicker. Analogue because I love raw real music.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, sorry.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working on filming visuals to go alongside the EP that has been released. I am also working on projects with other artists as a featured artist.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The first ever funky house song that I wrote got played on a major radio station on the day of release. It was the first of my songs to make it to a major station. The next day after release I got the call from Ministry of Sound letting me know so that they wanted to sign the song and use it for one of their major projects which would be out in all major record shops. I wrote and sang that song. I was 18 at the time.