Ronja Maltzahn

Multilingual Singer Songwriter

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I write songs in 7 languages, and have just released my second album "Worldpop", produced with argentine Grammy award winner S. Perkal, and I have a Masters degree in Multilingualism in Pop Music. I speak and write songs in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian, and I also translated songs to Swedish and Dutch.

I started writing songs and singing when I was 12, but after my travelling life started when 17, I also started learning new languages, and eventually my songwriting was influenced by this.
I can write and sing in 7 languages (well, I sing in a couple of more, but I don´t speak them fluently), and I just graduated from ArtEz conservatorium in The Netherlands, as a Master of Music, focused on the Research of Multilingualism in Pop Music.

As a singer, you can find me on Spotify and everywhere else, with my new album Worldpop, with an intimate, airy tone, that can shift into a powerful drive.
As a songwriter, aside from my published songs, I have over 200 compositions, including a series of songs-on-demand that I have written for my Patrons and Crowdfunders, from love songs for their life partners, to business compositions, passing through lullabies for their kids, and reggaetons for their non-that-kids-anymore.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Ronja Maltzahn

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: On my last album I worked as a musical and artistic leader together with 32 musicians and 17 collaborating visual artists to illustrate an individual artwork for every song. The motto was: It takes teamwork to do dreamwork. I love bringing people and their inspiration together. The album is called #worldpop and features 16 songs and one poem in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I give myself daily songwriting challenges in the current lockdown times. Eventually I want to work towards a third album, prepare single releases, multilingual featurings and artist collaborations.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Andres Mayo

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: First analog and then digital. There are so many languages to use. I am open for them all.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I put my full heart into this work.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: It brings me the deepest joy and inspiration. I want to create art and transform emotion. This life is too short and precious for meaningless work without a higher purpose.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "Which information do you need for your song from me?" "Anything that is important. Choose a keyword, a language, an instrument or style if you wish. Point me in a direction and then let me travel there freely."

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I am not just a singer. I am a creator.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Which music style do you like? Which instruments do you want to have included in the song? In which language do you want to the song to be written?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Looking for a special gift? Let's write a song for your loved ones.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A laptop, interface, microphone, something to write and a guitar.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I write my own songs since I am 12 years old. I released my debut album in 2018 and started living as a professional musician, touring and playing Germany and its surrounding ever since, together with a music partner and different sized support bands. I studied my bachelor in music education in Münster, GER, then a master of music I at the Pop Academy in Enschede, NL.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Singer/Songwriter. Acoustic Pop. Worldpop.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Producers, DJs and instrumentalists looking for vocal and hook lines, using my abilities as a multilingual songwriter, multi instrumentalist and singer. Fellow songwriters looking for horizont expanding and co-writings. Songwriting beginners looking for feedback, support or coaching.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Whomever you write a song for, make it yours. Write from your heart.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Acoustic Pop.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Soothing vocals/backings that create emotional ambience.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Emotional depth.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Lyrics and music develop hand in hand in my songwriting. Sometimes I start with a scrap of text as a main idea, sometimes a melodic/harmonic riff of guitar/piano/vocals comes first. In the process of finding the heart of the song, in sound and meaning, I go through a first process of try-outs, lyric association and music improvisation exercises, writing down and recording first snippets. To fully dive into the writing process I need to be emotionally captivated, then the songwriting becomes most authentic.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Taylor Koawood Mini Acoustic Guitar. Taylor Gs-mini Acoustic Bass. Ortega Ukulele. Eartrumpetlabs Edwina Microphone. Classical Cello (handcrafted early 19th century). Clavinova E-Piano. Tama Drumset. sbip-instruments electric Cello. MacBookAir Logic + Recording Interface.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Zaz. Frances. Aurora. Of Monsters and Men. Friedemann Findeisen (Holistic Songwriting). Glen Hansard. Hayley Williams. Brendon Urie. Bukahara. Billie Eilish. Kina Grannis.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I love transforming creative sparks into songs. For my patrons I usually let them choose an instrument, language and keyword, to have a crystallization nucleus for my songwriting. It's important to know a rough direction and have creative space at the same time. Then I write a song, in the style range of Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Pop with elements of Jazz, World, Folk or Rock. I play guitar, piano, cello and (very basic) drums, I sing and write songs in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian and Italian. Most of the songwriting jobs so far would count as ballads. I love challenges and experiments! Feel free to feed the creative monster in me :-)

Emma by Ronja Maltzahn

I was the Singer, songwriter and producer in this production

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Gear Highlights
  • EarTrumpet Labs Edwina
  • Neumann u47 Clone. Taylor GS Mini E-Koa
  • Taylor GS Mini Bass
  • Handcrafted early 20th Century Cello. Ortega Ukeleles and Guitarleles
  • Paraguayan Harp
  • Yamaha Pianos
  • M-Audio CODE61
  • Apple Macbook Air (i7/8gb).
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