AKARA ETTEH at SENCHAL MUSIC
Incredibly catchy and smooth production
Over the last couple of years, Akara has turned his hand to full-time production and it's paid off: multiple Radio 1 plays, 10,000 spins on his personal Soundcloud and 25,000 including those with collaborators.
A recent partnership with Earthworks studios has him working there 4 days a week, with access to fantastic microphones and monitoring, as well as a live-room where he's always ready to track drums and bands. These rooms have seen the world's finest producers, writers and vocalists pass through, working on their next hit record, including contributions for Zara Larsson, Jazzy Jeff and Roger Sanchez.
1 Crane Song Avocet-controlled monitoring (Barefoot Micromains, Yamaha NS10 + Avantone cube) + talkback mic, dual video monitors, Universal Audio Apollo Firewire I/O, Juno 80 synth, Moog Sub37,
Akai Advance keyboard controller, AKG/Shure microphones, Neve 1073 preamp, Portico II master bus compressor, 6 core Mac Pro with 28GB RAM + SSD, full Waves package, NI Komplete 10 Ultimate
Behringer monitoring controller with Yamaha, Avantone and Haffler monitors. RME Fireface I/O. Access to same microphones, similar PC.
An upbringing on Nigerian gospel music combined with a hip-hop aesthetic and an ear for pop hooks makes this piano-playing-producer sought after whilst still being approachable and easy to get along with.
Experimenting with hands-on production techniques and recording goes in partnership with great vocals and great songs.
Past bands/ clients:
Mickey Lightfoot, Jean-Mikhael, EBSON, Lucy Whittaker
Special Powers/ Skills:
Hooky, emotional, hip-hop influenced beats & songwriting
If I could, I would make everything sound like:
James Blake meets Ray BLK