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Interview with Kalea Tuifua

What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Musicians/ producers/ singers that inspire me include: Leemai, David Kirkwood, No genre, candace wakefield, Marlin Bonds, Brian Ramchuran, Daniel Almonte, kAui, Ro Roman, MIQ verse, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Boygenius, Philharmonik, and Stevie Wonder.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I guess my 7 albums set to be released at the same time this year would be my proudest accomplishment. My role, make everything by hand and complete it.
What are you working on at the moment?
7 albums, produced, written, recorded, and sung by myself. My audio engineering needs work, so I might have to outsource for that. But aside from that I am trying to make everything myself.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I just started Soundbetter, so I need some time to get to know fellow singers and producers.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Digital waves are square and discrete. Analog waves are smooth and continuous. A balance of both is the key.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise is that I will have clear communication with you on your track, in terms of when it will be done, what words/ direction you want it to go, and if our collaboration will be for the betterment of your track or not. The last thing I want to happen is for a producer to have to pay for vocals/ words he does not want for a song. I think it would be best to sing a hook and go from there.
What do you like most about your job?
I love learning about music and improving. I just want to improve every day by 1%.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make a track and then sing over it and complete the song??? YES I CAN!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Biggest misconception is that I want money to sing over tracks. I am more interested in making timeless music. However if we can get a placement and make money that would be awesome. But right now I don't know any artists I would submit to.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
When do you need the track done? What direction do you want to take it? I don't swear, so if you need lyrics with swearing, I'm not your singer! Do you also sing/rap over your tracks after you make them? If you do, lets collab!!!!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
My advice is this: I am looking for awesome tracks. If you have awesome tracks than I'd sing over the tracks according to your budget. I am more interested in helping a producer in collaboration, more than making money. If the track can be made better by my talents, than I'm happy to help. If the song is not better with my talents, than i would much rather refer you to another singer than myself to help you and I both come out with a great product. If I can contribute to the track itself with drums or melody, I'd be happy to.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Good question: hmmmm.... Computer, Logic, Speakers, Mic and Water.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been doing this since I was 6 years old. I grew up in a family musical group for 15 years. Then when I was in my 20s, I graduated with a Biochemistry Degree and began branching out into Electrical Contracting and business start ups.
How would you describe your style?
My style is chill, yet very productive. I live in Hawaii, so I would say its work hard, play hard.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I wouldn't like to work with any artists just yet. I am trying to complete my albums (all 7) and then I would like to concentrate on working with producers to learn how to make better tracks.
Can you share one music production tip?
Normalize your vocals and use compression!
What type of music do you usually work on?
RnB, Hip hop, pop, rap, soul, classical, Electric, Dance, and elevator music.... lol.
What's your strongest skill?
Singing.
What do you bring to a song?
The beat or track, the words, the singing.
What's your typical work process?
Start with drums or melody, then write words and sing them over top.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Logic (DAW), Mic, Piano, Speakers, Room.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually sing over their tracks. If producers need help with beats I also make tracks a bit.