Participant (1 of 16 Composers) at Silk Road Project Inc organized by Cello superstar Yo-Yo-Ma, Member of ASCAP and Russian Composers Union. Member of the International Royal Academy of the United Nations. I also performed on violin and piano in Library of Congress, Washington DC and United Nations. My music has been performed in over 35 countries!
I am an active composer of acoustic, electronic, hip-pop, R&B, techno, techno, jazz, pop, and classical contemporary music. My output also includes orchestral works; chamber instrumental, vocal, and choral music. With master's degree in Composition & Theory from Moscow State Conservatory, and 20 years of experience, that allows me to do all in music in all genres. I work fast, efficient, professional, with high quality.
Mr. A Latif-Zade has written for and received commissions from numerous professional, ensembles and performers; his compositions have been selected for national and international performances, music festivals forums and conferences. Some of his compositions have been published in prestige publishing houses of USA, France, Russia and Belgium.
Latif-Zade actively has pedagogical practice as well. He has developed his own method and approach of teaching composition, theory, arrangement, piano and violin, in which he demonstrated in his 20+ published books.
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Interview with Alisher Latif-Zade
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: As an arranger recently I completed two albums of (26 songs) in different genres
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: am writing one opera and musical.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, there is.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on task.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100 % result's satisfaction
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am only very satisfied when the work is completed. Even if the client is happy and has already paid. I can write to him that I have to complete something somewhere.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: As usually new customer ask for me to show my works of that genres we are going to work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My main misconception is that it's useless to prove to a client (especially one far from music) that his decision to see the song slower than it should, or the instruments he chooses, are very wrong. This is not only my delusion, but above all a great disappointment.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1)Which style, genre do they prefer to be their song or composition.2) Which instrument they would like to here at their songs. 3) Then I propose my vision of a song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think the main advice is: The client, before asking for help, must clearly present his task: to see his goal - what he wants and what he needs.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Big Blank score, 3 Pencils and eraser
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 35 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My real style is a combination of Eastern-Jazz_Classical-Contemporaru directions.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sting, Sade, Usher, Teylor Swift, Beonce,
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My tip is unlikely to please those "composers" who have learned to use a music editor without any primary or at least secondary education.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: For a professional, it makes no difference what style or genre he works in. I work in parallel: I did the arrangement of the song, and also wrote an opera in one language and a musical in another language
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Harmony, Structure, Orchestra Driving.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Regardless of the genre of the song, I try to add breath, unusualness to the song, But the main thing is that I try very hard to avoid primitive routine patterns of two or three chords
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: At the very beginning, I try to "align" and "clean up" the material (if necessary) When the "lame melody" has leveled itself out and has gone harmonious, I note down (Sibelius) .3) the process of harmonizing the melody begins; 4) The rhythm is selected, etc.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Logic pro X, Sibelius, three Monitors,AKG headphones, "Alesis" Speakers, Sennheiser e 935 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone, KeyboardsN/A : Yamaha W5, Yamaha S-710, Baby grand piano, Violin, Steal Guitar
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Amon Tobin, Deadmau5 , Aphex Twin,Prodiji
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composing : Opera,Musical,Chamber-instrumental music, Choral,Arrangement in R&B ,Tango, Pop,World,Cinema (filmscore), Theatre music