Hey, my name is Gathuru Gitema. I have worked with Grammy award winning artist signed to Universal Records, Sauti Sol, Bensol and Nviiri The Storyteller who were featured in Burna Boy's album Twice As Tall as a songwriter and performer. I have been working professionally for the last 5 years gathering as much experience as possible. I love music.
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Interview with Gathuru Gitema
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Latest project was a song I did with a company called Spikenard. I got to collaborate with various artists and engineers and it was awesome.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on my EP. Its coming out on Sep 1
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mutoriah. I worked with him a while back and I saw his gig. He delivered beyond my expectations.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because that's what I'm used to but I'm willing to learn new techniques and gear if the opportunity arises.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will use every resource in my disposal to get the job done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I am constantly creating is absolute bonkers. I enjoy every moment.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do it? Of course I can. Do you enjoy what you do? Yes I do
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What was your idea? How do you expect the song to look like? Do you have any references?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be scared to dream big. People like me are here to help you see you vision through. For me, it gives me immense joy to see an idea turn to reality.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic guitar, A solar powered generator, A laptop, An interface and a mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I decided to be a singer songwriter 20 years ago and I have been working diligently toward that goal ever since. I found music production 5 years ago and I learnt the skill as a necessity, so that I can make what I am thinking.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am eclectic. My inspirations are from anywhere and everywhere.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lauv. I think he is super creative and honest. He makes music that speaks deeply to my heart. I would love to add value to his next projects.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink it. If it feels right, then it's right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Afrobeat, EDM, Pop, Alternative Rock, Indie pop and indie folk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am insanely creative. I can write and arrange basically any song in any genre or style. I bring my years of experience working with multiple artists.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I prefer having a story first, then building a chord progression on guitar or keys. Afterwards writing out the parts and arranging the song. Then moving to ableton and creating a track from the ideas laid down.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use, a Lewit LCT 440 mic, MAudio Air interface, MAudio BX5 Speakers, Sony MDR7506 headphones, Shield, Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, Effects pedal, Yamaha Keyboard, HP Folio 9470 Corei7 Laptop, Ableton 11 suite, FL Studio 20.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Max Martin, Lauv, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Finneas, Sarz
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly create an entire song from scratch based on their ideas. I will create melodies, write lyrics, arrange the song on either guitar or piano then produce the song on either Ableton or FL Studio 20