Theophilus Akai

Session Guitarist, Composer

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West African Guitarist with a unique style for your modern music! Credits with Liam Payne, Cheat codes, Philip Lawrence + more!

Born in Ghana, West Africa, my guitar technique has been infused with a certain panache that is indeed worldly. Afrobeats, Reggae, Bachata, and Soukous are some of the worlds I've lived in for fifteen years. I am also able to bring a unique vocabulary to melodies and progressions to pop music. I'm easy-going, enjoy communicating, and I'm very flexible. I speak Ga natively so don't be shy to ask for personally recorded phrases in your next project. Let's add something fresh and unique to your music, overdubs, or pitches!

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Interview with Theophilus Akai

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

  2. A: Nile Rodgers because his ability to think rhythmically as a guitarist is infused into every project he touches. He has a very subtle and simple approach to playing. THE POCKET!

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

  4. A: When recording a guitar rhythm, record it twice and hard pan them left and right. It makes for a very full and robust sound!

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

  6. A: World and Pop music.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: My strongest skill is the ability to extrude melodies that are out of the box.

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

  10. A: I bring a unique flavor of melody and chord arrangement due to my African background. I tend to bring a sense energy and happiness to most projects.

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

  12. A: I start by listening to a project all the way through to catch the vibe and essence of the artist. I then cue 20+ empty tracks where I begin to lay idea lines, tones, and melodies. Sometimes my kids come into the studio to pass judgement haha.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I use my Kemper Stage for most of my guitar tones and sounds. I also use Bias FX 2 and Guitar Rig as plugins when recording with Ableton Live. My Mac Mini is linked to a UAD Apollo Twin X with a pair of Adam Audio 5 inchers - Perfect size for guitar!

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

  16. A: Nile Rodgers, Taylor Swift, Israel Houghton, and pretty much any musician who tends to write from a guitar point of view.

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

  18. A: 95% of the time, I get the call to add unique guitar sounds, especially of the African variety, to projects. I also tend to get calls to compose chord progressions, toplines, and other melodies for singers.

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I was the Guitar Producer + Vocalist in this production

Terms Of Service

Turn-around time is 24-48 hours. Same day delivery is an option with additional fees. I will revise projects 3 times to your tastes. We can discuss any more revisions if necessary.

GenresSounds Like
  • DaVido
  • TobyMac
  • Nile Rodgers
Gear Highlights
  • Kemper Amplifiers
  • UAD Apollo
  • Adam Audio
  • PRS Guitars
  • Papin Guitars
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