My Melodies and lyrics are locked in and I know how to write a hit (in multiple genres). I can write a top Billboard song across the board. Give me the opportunity to show you what I can do, you don't want to be the person who says I should have hired Vonni.
My name is Vonni Akoma. I am a Nigerian-American songwriter. While growing up in Detroit and Atlanta, I was exposed to soul, country, pop, trap, latin and afrobeat. Emerged in diversity, my ear became accustomed to different styles of music and made transitioning between writing different genres effortless. Consider the attached as an audio business card and sample of what I can do.
My objective is to write for artists. I have a good ear and know how to write a hit. The artist doesn't matter. It could be from Chris Stapleton to Shakira to The City Girls I am familiar with a lot and very comfortable with different sounds.
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Interview with Vonni Akoma
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Chris Stapleton. Because I wrote a song intended for him. He has soul, a beautiful voice and walks the like of country and soul and I write emotionally evoked songs that someone like Chris could do justice. Country is about storytelling and soul is about feeling I fit in with both and so does he.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A collection of songs that I basically use as an audio business card to showcase what I can do, simultaneously, I'm using it to give to a publisher to have them shopped.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I finished a collection of songs that I'm giving to a music publisher so they can shop these songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, only because of time constraints. Things move a little faster with digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I would give you the absolute best that I got. And it will be on time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I am doing something that is authentic to me and that brings me much joy. Songwriting is like wandering the world trying to find a place and you finally found your home, you finally found your tribe, this is the only place I belong.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That people who are phenomenal in one area or genre can't possibly be phenomenal in an area that is very different from that one. People are limited in their scope on other peoples talents at times. Imagine saying you wrote a song for Dolly Parton and turned around and wrote a song for DaBaby and then a spanish song for Marc Anthony (because I speak spanish to) that is all hard for some to grasp. I just never want to be denied an opportunity because someone can't see the full scope of my abilities and label me as one thing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Honestly....How soon can you send me the track? (And) if there is a direction you have in mind for the song where do you want it go?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open minded and dont be skeptical because I write multiple genres. I write them all very well. None of them are lacking and I am in the pocket with all of them as if I grew up with it all simultaneously...because I did.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, mic, interface, keyboard, pen and paper
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Ive been songwriting for years. Doing it professionally for over 2 years now.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a songwriter...I am simple and to the point. I say more with less and try to evoke deep emotion as well as make it very melodic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen with a fine tooth comb for mistakes continue to fix what needs to be fixed let your ears rest and come back and you can still hear something that can be improved.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Country, RnB, Trap. I have written afrobeat and Reggaeton.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can write hits, hooks and catchy tunes. Also hamonies are a strong skill as well as storytelling.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: If its not the whole song itself, then storytelling and lyrics being in the pocket. Melodies and counter melodies. Harmonies. Hits - if I connect with a track I make it a hit.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the track and immediately start writing. I don't listen before I am prepared to write because many ideas come at once and usually the best ones in the beginning. I record the melodies on a recorder so I won't forget them. I go back to pick the best melodies for each part of the song and write lyrics to it if I haven't sung the lyrics in the recorder already. I lay the song down, give the lead a few takes all the way through. Then take the best parts to make one take. I listen with a fine tooth comb for pitch and also timing. After that I stack backgrounds. Lastly I mix the vocals then send the song off.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Its a simple set up with a laptop, interface, microphone, speakers, and ableton. It is set up for me to lay down and mix vocals for the client who I wrote the song for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I will say songwriters and genres that inspire me because I am a songwriter. A few are Babyface, Chris Stapleton, Marc Anthony but genres that insprie me are Country all the way to Trap and international sounds like Latin, Afrobeat and Carribean.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting, Vocal arrangement