Passionate about creativity and very opened to other cultures, I compose. With African rhythms and jazz influences, I can give an originality to any song. I participated at The Voice (Afrique francophone)
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Interview with Elie Mannuel
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working as music director of Saraahda
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Your music is going to sound original. Above everything I’m more concerned about how you appreciate your own music as first fan before myself and any other person
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Knowing the final product (how the music will sound at the end) before starting it’s amazing. Especially the fact that you have to design the partition to be played by every musician just like a puzzling game, of which you know the image to put together.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Arrangement or music direction is like architecture. It takes the architect to conceive (design) as the master planner who knows the end before the launching anything. Some clients aren’t patient and confident
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have an idea of your song , how you want it to sound like? Any reference ? Or you can mimic the melody or rhythm section that sounds in your head?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing piano at 7 while going to school. Now in to music completely as arranger, pianist and vocalist.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Afro fusion or jazz fusion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Afro fusion, jazz, folk, world
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arrangement (harmony and rhythm) and improvisation Vocal harmony as well Exploring fusion music is my passion
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Originality, musicality, aeration, my personality
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the client’s ideas about the song Work on the arrangement of the song (structure of the song, various parts of the song, partition of every musician) Execution of the various parts
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Workstation External Sound card Keyboard controller , synthesizer Isolated Room with Microphone for recording
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Richard Bona, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Esperanza Spalding
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music direction (conceiving various parts of every musi Arrangements Piano and keyboard inserts Backup vocals