I can write an R&B song for you that vibes, or get on a song and smash a rap verse or 2! I have spent decades writing songs and making music, and would love the opportunity to share the experience I have gained with you. I've even had the privilege of working on songs with veteran song-writers and artists such as Mickey Shiloh.
I spend a lot of time making music from my perspective, but I've also had the opportunity to work on songs that are written for other artists. Although my personal sound is predominantly Hip Hop, I also have experience writing R&B songs and it's actually something that I love to do. If there's a melody you have in mind and just need lyrics for it, I can definitely help you there. If you need help with the melody itself, that's not an issue. We can address that as well. I LOVE doing features for different projects, so feel free to reach out if you have a project that calls for an original rap verse that vibes well with your track. I look forward to working with you!
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Ali's ability to grasp an artist's "essence & flavor" left me with such a great first impression that we are now working on our 5th song this week! With Ali's high quality performance and delivery turn around time I have a feeling we are going to be collaborating on some of the biggest hit records to come! Ali is definitely an asset and cheat code for anything she is part of. I am excited to see what we come up with next!
Interview with Ali Givali
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I had the chance to work on some projects for Mickey Shiloh recently. She came up with the melodies for the songs, and a select group of song-writers all pitched their ideas to her. I'm happy to say she loved what I came up with!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment, I'm working on several personal projects as well as quite a few projects for other artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not just yet, but I will keep an eye out.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I don't have a preference.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver quality services that were not only well-thought out, but that turn into something that I would actually want to listen to in my free-time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The business of it all is necessary and I enjoy that too, but my favorite things is actually going full in on a song and turning it into something that no one expected.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make a song that is appropriate for all audiences? The answer is YES
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception about what I do is that I only rap. Even in my own songs, there are a lot of melodic elements. But I also enjoy writing songs that are meant to be sung out fully.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want the song to be about? What led up to this song idea? Are there any melodies you favor for it? Do you already have an instrumental for the song? Would you prefer your song to be clean or explicit?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be shy about asking for exactly what you're going for in the song. Also, whatever you have to start out with is fine. We can easily create a full song from something as simple as a melody or concept and an instrumental.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop (which includes Pro Tools) , my mic and pop filter, my headphones, my interface, and a very large external drive....then I'd have to come up with some way to get some electricity going.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been making music all of my life. I spent some time in the military, but chose to leave that way of service to provide a different type of contribution through music in 2013.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style has come from so many different things that have influenced me. I grew up in the South, so that's definitely a part of it, but even more so might be what I picked up from East-Coast lyricists like Eminem and Notorious B.I.G.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: That's a tough one. There's so many great artists out there that I'd love to work with. I don't think I can pick just one.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Save yourself a ton of money and get a good mic and a Kaotica Eyeball. No one will be able to tell that you recorded at home when they hear the song (as long as it's mixed well). TRUST ME!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: These days I'm splitting my time between Hip Hop and R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: It would have to be between my lyrical ability on any song, or my personal approach to songs I perform on.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A variety of styles and sounds. Fresh ideas that aren't overused in music. Personality, lyricism, and flow. My specialty is to find ways to make original sounding music while still appealing to the ear of the listener and keeping them engaged.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start off by listening to the beat then I freestyle melodies over it in Pro Tools. The concept is usually already in my mind when I hear the instrumental. Once I've decided on which melodies to use, I spend some times writing the lyrics to match it. Still making sure that the lyrics make sense of course.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Right now I'm using a Kaotica Eyeball around my mic for a perfect studio sound, I have KRK Classic 5 studio monitors and Audio-Technica headphones which helps me to ensure my vocals are crisp. I also have a Launchkey beat machine and Scarlett interface. I ALWAYS record in Pro Tools which I have a variety of plugins for.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Weeknd, Kehlani, Eminem, J. Cole, Drake
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Both writing lyrics for other artists to sing and featuring on songs as a rapper.