I HAVE SPENT ALMOST 20 YEARS REGULARLY WORKING, COLLABORATING AND PERFORMING WITH OSCAR AND GRAMMY WINNING COMPOSER, A R RAHMAN ( BEST KNOWN FOR COMPOSING FOR “SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE”) AND HAVE SUNG SONGS FOR SOME BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES WITH MILLIONS OF VIEWS.
I AM UNIQUE IN THE SENSE THAT I AM NOT ONLY A VIRTUOSO GUITARIST BUT ALSO AN EXCELLENT SINGER AND COMPOSER.
MY GUITAR TECHNIQUES AND STYLE ESPECIALLY ENCOMPASS JAZZ FUSION, INDIAN AND FLAMENCO GENRES.
ALTHOUGH I HAVE HAD HUGELY POPULAR BOLLYWOOD HITS, I HAVE ALSO HAD YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SINGING IN GIGS ACROSS THE UK, PERFORMING WESTERN SONGS AND MUSIC.
I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE AN ORIGINAL SINGING VOICE AND STYLE OF COMPOSING AND AM A SELF-TAUGHT MUSICIAN.
I ALSO TRACK, PRODUCE AND ARRANGE MUSIC MYSELF ON LOGIC PRO X FROM START TO FINISH USING PROFESSIONAL SOUNDING PLUG INS AND EQUIPMENT.
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Interview with RASHID ALI
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: THERE MAY BE AND I HOPE TO FIND THEM IN TIME AS I JUST JOINED THIS WEBSITE.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: WHICH IS YOUR NEXT PROJECT OR BOLLYWOOD SONG?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: THAT I AM ONLY A SINGER AND GUITARIST FOR A R RAHMAN.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I SANG FOR A BOLLYWOOD FILM CALLED 'JAANE TU YA JAANE NA" AND THE 2 SONGS FROM THAT SOUNDTRACK WERE BLOCKBUSTER HITS ACROSS THE ENTIRE WORLD ASiIDE FROM INDIA. PEOPLE STILL PLAY THOSE SONGS AND LOVE THEM. I ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CONSTRUCTING THE GUITAR PARTS AND MAIN RIFF.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: WORLD AND FUSION MUSIC OF ALL SORTS.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: NEW MUSIC COMPOSITIONS FOR SYNCS AND A NEW SONG WHICH I HOPE TO RELEASE SOON.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: FOR TRACKING, I PREFER ANALOGUE BUT FOR MIXING, I LIKE THE SOUND OF ANALOGUE EMULATION PLUG INS WHICH STILL TRY TO RETAIN THE ANALOGUE SOUNDS.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I LOVE WHAT I DO ARTISTICALLY BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE AND THIS IS THE PRIORITY TO CREATE SOMETHING AWESOME MUSICALLY.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: THE INSPIRATION OF WORKING ON A TUNE OR IDEA IN MY HEAD AND SEEING IT DEVELOP AND BLOSSOM INTO AN ENTIRE SONG OR PIECE OF MUSIC THAT TOUCHES PEOPLE'S HEARTS.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: ASK THEM WHAT THEY ARE TRULY LOOKING FOR TO GET A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR VISION.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: THAT THEY WILL BE TRULY HIRING A SINGER WHO HAS THE COMPLETE SKILLS PACKAGE- VIRTUOSO GUITAR PLAYING, SKILL OF COMPOSING, PUTTING MUSIC TOGETHER AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF PUTTING TOGETHER ORIGINAL MUSIC.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: GUITAR, MICROPHONE, MACBOOK, UAUDIO TWIN X INTERFACE AND USB KEYBOARD.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: TO ESTABLISH MYSELF AS A SINGER, GUITARIST AND COMPOSER. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 25 YEARS OR SO.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: WORLD/ JAZZ FUSION
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: PAT METHENY BECAUSE HIS MUSIC HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO UNIQUE AND CONSISTENT.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: TRY TO PRODUCE MUSIC THAT IS VERY ORIGINAL AND NOT OBVIOUS BUT AT THE SAME TIME GRABS YOUR ATTENTION.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: THE ABILITY TO SING AND PLAY GUITAR REALLY WELL.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: UNDERSTANDING FROM A VOCALIST, GUITARIST AND COMPOSER'S PERSPECTIVE. THE ADDED FEATURE OF ADDING UNIQUE AND CREATIVE CHORDS SINCE I COME FROM A JAZZ FUSION AND INDIAN BACKGROUND.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: START WITH A MELODY OR GUITAR RIFF AND THEN BUILD A RHYTHM AND GUITAR PARTS FOLLOWED BY SOFTWARE SYNTHS AND PADS.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: MacBook Pro 16 ( LATEST VERSION ) , UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN X AND UAD SATELLITE DSP PROCESSOR USING AN ARRAY OF UAD PLUG INS, UNIVERSAL 710 TWIN FINITY MIC PREAMP AND NEUMANN TLM 103 STUDIO MICROPHONE FOR VOCAL AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR TRACKING. I USE LOGIC PRO X WITH MAINLY NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE 13 ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S EDITION FOR SAMPLES ETC. I USE MAINLY GIBSON LES PAUL CUSTOM FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR AND OVATION CUSTOM LEGEND FOR ACOUSTIC WORK. BOTH GUITARS HAVE PREAMPS, TRACE ELLIOT PREAMP FOR THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND MESA BOOGIE V TWIN FOR THE ELECTRIC FOLLOWED BY NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GUITAR RIG PRO 6.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: PACO DE LUCIA, VICENTE AMIGO, AL DI MEOLA AND PAT METHENY ON GUITARS. STING, MICHAEL JACKSON, STEVIE WONDER FOR VOCALS.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: SINGING FOR INDIAN MOVIE PROJECTS AND GUITAR SESSIONS. APART FROM THAT, I CAN TRACK AND PRODUCE AN ENTIRE TRACK INCLUDING USING SOFTWARE SAMPLES.