Tariqh Akoni


9 Reviews (4 Verified)
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As a veteran of the LA music scene I have been fortunate to work with a diverse group of artists including David Foster, Leann Rimes, Whitney Houston, Weezer, Huey Lewis and the News, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder and many others. I'm passionate about guitars, songs and production and would love to help you realize your vision.

I am a versatile and driven industry veteran with a diverse palette of instruments, sounds and approaches. I have worked extensively in TV and Film in addition to album work and media composition

I love working with artists and producers wanting to bring their music to life with live guitar. Whether it's sound design, country rhythm, rock solos, sensitive acoustic or straight funk/R&B my goal is to help you realize your creative vision and uplift your music.

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9 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Grant
    by Grant

    Another great guitar tracks from Tariqh. Just what the song needed!

  2. Review by Grant
    by Grant

    Tariqh is a great guitarist! His experience worked very well on my song.

  3. Review by Troy L.

    Tariqh Akoni is the best! Always professional, easy to work with and best of all, the musicality of this man is first class! Any time I work with Tariqh, I know that my music will always come back better than when I sent it to him! An amazing musician!!

  4. Review by Jeppe T.

    was a very pleasurable experience to work with Tariqh, communication was easy and straight forward, and he made a really wonderful interpretation of the part, which took the song to a different level and rounded of tracking, atmosphere and mix very nicely.

    he really has the touch of a master. delivery was fast and on point, and he added a nice atmospheric track to round it off.

    highly recommended. amazing craftsmanship

  5. Review by Glen P.

    Excellent guitarist, arranger, vibe-improver and general make-it-betterer. A true professional with a deep well of musical knowledge and an uncanny sense of taste and restraint.

  6. Review by Kevin Sucher
    by Kevin Sucher

    Working with Tariqh is a no-brainer. A consummate professional and a truly intelligent musician. Tariqh's tracks help bring my productions to life. If you're looking for world-class, look no further.

  7. Review by Jeffrey Weber
    by Jeffrey Weber

    I am a long time producer based in Southern California. Every chance I get, I call Tariqh to play on my artist's recordings. He is a gift to my artist and to myself. Always engaged, always committed to making whatever he is playing on better, Tariqh is my go-to for everything guitar! Time and time again, he makes me look like a genius. Give yourself the gift of Tariqh for your projects.

  8. Review by Thom Flowers
    by Thom Flowers

    Tariqh is a consummate professional with deep reservoirs of knowledge and experience. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by David Polich
    by David Polich

    Absolutely hands-down one of the best musicians I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Skilled way beyond my pay grade, with a star-studded list of credits. I could go on and on about Tariqh as just a wonderful human being. You will not regret including him on your next project.

Interview with Tariqh Akoni

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I just finished as MD for Josh Groban's Radio City show which was recently aired on PBS. It was an incredible production where we worked with everyone from street performers and high school drum lines to Itzhak Perlman, Cindy Lauper and others. It was a massive undertaking

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I just got off the road so I'm back to production and songwriting for media

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Absolutely, Jon Button (bass), Sean Hurley (bass), Joe Ayoub (bass), Tim Lefevre (bass),

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both ... I'm typically very analog minded, but digital affords the ability to recall and move quickly and efficiently in a cost effective way, so for me, it's all about a Hybrid approach

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I'm a professional so the job is GOING to get done in the allotted time.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love creating and collaborating with creative musicians

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How do I come up with ideas. My answer is that you have to exercise creativity like a muscle. You want to be right between knowing exactly what you're doing and discovery

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That it is MY art. This is my craft in the service of YOUR art

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: 1) What is your timeline; 2) Is there any reference I should be aware of; 3) Are there any instruments you HATE; 4) Any instruments you love; 5) How would you like the tracks delivered

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Have a vision for what you're hoping to accomplish. I'm happy to help, but the clearer you are, the more we can collaborate and come up with the perfect parts

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: 1) acoustic guitar; 2) tweed amplifier; 3) Ribbon microphone; 4) Gretsch Chet Atkins guitar; 5) Laptop

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started as a touring musician. I've been a professional musician for 30 years and have been a sideman, musical director, producer, clinician, mentor, A&R rep, author and educator

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Rootsy, heartfelt, moody and eclectic

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

  28. A: Joni Mitchell. She is an artist of the highest level and I feel would push and challenge all of my skill sets

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

  30. A: I like to think in three dimensions: height, width and depth. Even when arranging guitars, everything has to have it's place

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

  32. A: Americana, Singer-songwriter and pop/rock stuff

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: My creativity. All my chops and tones are in the service of the music

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

  36. A: First and foremost creativity and a love of songwriting and music. Then it's a myriad of guitars and textures (including some ethnic instruments) and guitar arrangement concepts to uplift the music

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

  38. A: I like to listen to and chart out the song or composition and then find the primary parts (rhythm and lead) before adding any textures or transitions. Once the Mp3/mix is approved by the client, I'll upload all Wav files as agreed with the client

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: It's pretty extensive: I run Logic Pro and drive my main rig with a 2022 MacBook Pro with an M1 Max chip. I use Apollo interfaces including an Apollo Twin with unison PreAmps as well as an x16 which goes to a Shadow Hills Equinox summing amp through an analog mix bus. I have Plugins from Universal Audio, Waves, Slate, Valhalla etc and run through a three speaker system including Adam A7X's (with a Sub10), NS10's and Avantone Microcubes. My acoustics run through Neumann KM184's through either the Shadow Hills, Averill API or Unison Pre's and my electrics go through a myriad of amplifiers into a Universal Audio OX (amp top box)

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

  42. A: Buddy Miller, John Leventhal, Daniel Lanois, Dann Huff, Dave Cobb, Gustavo Santaolalla, Ry Cooder, Snuffy Walden

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

  44. A: Guitar playing, production, arranging and songwriting

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Terms Of Service

After agreeing to timeframe, price and direction, an Mp3 will be delivered for reference. Allowing two (2) revisions, final product will be delivered within 24 hours of approval in specified format.

GenresSounds Like
  • Buddy Miller
  • W.G. Snuffy Walden
  • John Shanks
Gear Highlights
  • 1964 Gretsch Chet Atkins
  • Matchless HC30
  • Lazy J20
  • Naylor SD60
  • Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic
  • DeCascia Classical
  • Universal Audio Ox Amp Top Box
  • Shadow Hills Equinox
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