Versatile Songwriting, Flexible Prices
I'm an artist/songwriter specializing in Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop genres (but open to all genres). I offer clients a process rather than a service. When clients book with me, I'm there at each step helping with lyrics, melody, and overall direction for the song and/or project.
My rates reflect the cost of recording in a professional studio, but I will send multiple drafts before booking and recording at said studio.
Open to working with a wide array of genres and songwriting styles. Let me know if you're interested
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Interview with Mawi
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think being an artist or musician is a "chill" hobby and often don't understand that the artist workflow is time intensive and that creating the actual music is only half the battle. Artists who can view their craft like a small business are the most successful, which requires attention to areas like Marketing, Budgeting, and Strategy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to know how fast your want to finish the song, since sometimes my schedule might be busy with other previous requests so I want to keep an open dialogue about how much time I can give you. If I'm not able to meet your deadline, then you would be free to find another person who could.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tory Lanez. If you've seen his workflow, it's insane because he can literally freestyle a song within a single session and boom a song is done in 45 minutes. Working with someone of his caliber would be such a learning experience while also an opportunity to "keep up" with his workflow and test my songwriting abilities.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My three main genres are R&B, Pop, and Hip-Hop. I'm open to working with all genres, but these are the three I have the most experience on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Honesty. Sometimes services providers like myself tend to give work that they don't believe in because they want to appease the client or prevent any sort of conflict. Personally, I think being honest and providing feedback is healthy for both our working relationship and the project we're working on. It does none of us any good if I'm not giving my true opinion and letting you do something in a song that I think could be heavily improved. I never mean any disrespect, but I'm not someone who will sit back and just do what I'm told. I'll digest and analyze the song at hand then give my opinion on both what you want me to write as well as any other verses/sections you're working on as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a high-quality sound for a reasonable price. I'm also an independent artist so I understand that budgets can be an issue, which is reflected in my prices.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I have clients email me the instrumental and any lyrics/ideas they already have written. I'll listen to it and see 1. If a melody or idea comes to mind and 2. If their lyrics fit the instrumental at hand. This gives me a base level idea of what I'm working with and from there I set aside a day or two to work on the song. This does not mean I'm knocking out the song in that time, but I want to give ample time to sit with the song and see what I can come up with.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record at professional studios mainly in the New York or Philadelphia metro area. Before I record any session I let my clients know what studio I'm going to so the client can trust that the studio is of high quality. My previously recorded tracks speak for themselves.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My work largely consists of songwriting, so often I write hooks and/or top-line melodies for my clients. If my clients have lyrics already written, whether it be the hook or another section, I review those lyrics as well and offer my opinion and what I think sounds great and what I think needs to re touched. Seeing my client's work often helps me rather than giving a blank track because I can offer assistance in the direction of the song and how it can play into a larger album or project.