Every song is different, every tune more appealing and every word from my heart to yours
I am a singer/ songwriter and recording artist. I do radio and tv voiceovers, advertisements, jingles and gospel music. My aim is to converse with my heart more than my mouth.
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Interview with Reay Kimemia
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2017, I did a voiceover for an advertisement on a huge real estate project in my country (Kenya) that ran on TV for a month on prime time (just before the news). Whenever I pass there I feel proud because even though I did not get any monetary value from it, it opened doors to more VOs and the homes are fully occupied.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a single and I am hoping to release it soon.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new here so I will answer this later but I am open to suggestions and referrals
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because many more people are reached in a short time span.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise excellence, commitment and value till the end of the project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to meet people from all walks of life and I get to learn and unlearn things. I also get challenged by people who do different genres from those I am comfortable doing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How are you able to sing so effortlessly? My answer: I practice everyday so as to perfect what I already have and add what I don't. Why do you prefer doing gospel music while secular music pays more? My answer: My satisfaction is drawn from how many people I affect, not how much I make.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think bgvs are not as important as other services offered by instrumentalists and producers so they tend to underpay or prefer to do away with them to 'save' money
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What insires you to write music? If I was the one seeking your services, what would you expect from me? Who do you want to reach and why? What gap are you filling with your product? Where do you want to get? Who is your mentor?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for openness, authenticity, a listening ear and most importantly a passion for growth.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A recorder, notebook, huge water bottle, a pen and my Bible
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording for fun in 2010 but later became more focused on perfecting my skills by listening to more diverse music as well as practicing different voices.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I think I am an all round person from reggea to rnb to hiphop to any challenge thrown at me.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jonathan Mcreynolds definitely, because of his writing skills and vocal execution
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always make sure you own your song no matter how many people give input in the project. Never lose authenticity.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Gospel music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring passion and authenticity to every song I do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually I get a call from a producer or artist to go do background voices. I learn the song in the studio, after which I record and get paid before I leave
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Simple studio with an open Mic and microphone stand, monitor speakers, microphone cables, headphones, audio interface
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am greatly inspired by Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Mcreynolds, Israel Houghton, Indie Arie and Kierra Sheards
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do background voices, jingles and voiceovers for radio and television advertisements