My name is Kara Ali and I am a singer/songwriter living in New York City. I specialize in session vocals and songwriting and have worked with various bands in collaboration and on my own projects. My work has ranged from background to lead vocals to writing songs for movie soundtracks and web series.
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Interview with Kara Ali
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use multiple mic setups. Whether you are micking a guitar or vocals, it's important to experiment. For vocals, always use a pop filter to prevent plosives and make sure to get at least a scratch track to guide the rest of the song's musical elements even if you plan to retake for the final cut
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whether you are writing a song from scratch, or looking to have help with fleshing out the hook or adding extra flair, I am a vocalist and songwriter who plays both guitar and some piano in order to help fully flesh out the bones of the song. If you've got a melody, I can help with lyrics. If you've got lyrics, I can put them to a melody. If all is done and you just need some vocal harmonies or pads, I can do that as well.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I can either take direction well from a producer or the artist who wrote the song, or add my own flair using artistic instinct and my ear. When I'm working on my own songs, I frequently stack close harmonies and can work to get the right sounds that the track and the producer/engineer need to fill the space.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Lianne La Havas, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mayer Hawthorne
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Background Vocals, Songwriting collaboration