"SOUNDS GREAT!" ~BILLY JOEL (2013 @ The Bitter End, NYC) Sarah Siddiqui is a seasoned Toronto based singer songwriter who creates folk rock music. Sarah approaches each song like a painting. To date, Sarah has released 3 full length albums and multiple singles, one of which has been placed in 2 films, Word of Honor (2003, starring Don Johnson).
-Classically trained vocalist with a big vocal range experienced in singing pop, rock, soul, r n'b, folk, indie, alternative, jazz, and many more styles
-Sing multiple layered backing vocals for your song or take the lead if needed for your song if your writer and need a vocalist
-Co-write, arrange, or play acoustic guitar on your track
-Artist development services as well to up and coming talent as I have been in music professionally for 23 years
I have been hired as a session vocalist for many Canadian bands and artists for both backing vocals and lead vocals. My clients have included producer, Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Weaves), and instrumentalist, Jesse Cook. I was an EMI Publishing-Artist in Development.
Contact me and I'll be happy to help you make your music and songs sound wonderful. Rates will be discussed according to your project needs.
Should be discussed and included if writing melodies/guitar lines/ lyrics
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Interview with Sarah Siddiqui
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was asked to sing vocals for a band on their record. They are a Mexican rock band called Chikita Violenta. I sang backings on 2 of their rock songs. The producer is Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on an electronica trance song for a client, singing lead and backing, co-writing
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: thorough completion and satisfaction of project
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to do what I love, which is songwriting, singing for clients
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Time frame of project, budget, out of pocket or from a grant/label, description of project
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and then it will be easier to assist you
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: guitar, mic, amp, laptop, hand drum
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for 23 years. I have 3 indie albums out plus multiple singles. I have songs placed in tv and film. I have played in Canada and the States.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: soulful folky rock
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Chris Martin because of his writing and soulful vocal styels.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Trim the fat because less is best. Let the song shine.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Although I am an original artist of folk/rock genre, I don't have a usual that I sing on because I sing on most genres like current pop, pop/rock, soul, indie rock, r n'b, soul, house, electronica, jazz, trance, world.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Singing, songwriting, and coming up with strong hooky vocal melody and backings.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A singer can sing and apply technique, but I do more than that. I have a unique tone, and edge. I sing with passion and I don't overdo it. I give the song what it needs. My voice tone is not generic which would make your song stand out. I have a lot of soul.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll typically get to work right away by listening to the song that I need to sing on whether that be lead or backing and find something in the song that emotionally connects me to it. After that, I'll flesh out vocal melody or back up ideas on my recording app before hitting the mic. Then I'll lay down layers of backings, hitting multiple octaves to give the client options. For a lead melody if asked to write one with lyrics I will provide 2 ideas.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro-tools with the latest equipment
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Kings of Leon, Cold Play, Annie Lennox, Soul Asylum, as well as pop music with Sound Design production.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I sing lead and backing vocals for clients of pop, rock, singer songwriter, folk, house, electronica, and r n'b. I also write and co-write for artists.