There's a lot of talent present at this year's ESC. I've taken the time to listen to all of the tracks to help you decide on which ones you might want to listen to. There's a lot of great songwriting to be found in a lot of these songs and with each mini-review, I want to give you a little insight into why I think this song is great or why it's not. …continue reading →
Every songwriter loves metaphors. That or people literally want to give their hearts to their crush, which is slightly more disturbing. But what makes a metaphor shine, how can you set yourself apart from other writers with your use of metaphors? That’s what we will talk about now! WARNING: The…continue reading →
You're a songwriter/producer and you want to know how to write sexy bass lines? Here's 3 pro tips:…continue reading →
“How Lyric-Less Storytelling Can Transform Your Songs Into Audience Magnets Step-By-Step” Tell me something (and please be honest here): Are you scared shitless of not being able to make a living with your music? Of not being able to support a family or pay off your debts and rent? What…continue reading →
I’ve been a student of songwriting my whole life. I’ve had guitar lessons since I was 5, went to 2 different conservatories, studied jazz guitar, classical and pop music, I’ve written for bands, orchestras and big bands. And with all of this experience I also learned a thing or two. When I listen back to my first songs I can hear that I didn’t understand a couple of simple concepts that I now use all the time. Listening to your contributions on Feedback Friday (my youtube show where I review your songs for free) I now see that I’m not the only one with these problems. There really are 3 things I hear amateur songwriters do repeatedly that tell me they don’t know what they’re doing. …continue reading →
We all secretly dread lyric-writing, don't we? There is nothing harder than writing some lyrics to an existing melody without completely messing up your groove. I used to spend weeks on writing a few lines and even then I wasn't happy with what I had.…continue reading →
The science of writing a great chord progression is still very much in its infancy. We all learn about the ii-V-Is and the turnarounds, but what are your chords actually doing with your audience? If you want to be able to create any emotion you want, in this article I will show you how. …continue reading →
Last time in our little Chord Progression Workshop we talked about how to create any emotion you want, now let’s take a look at your next big decision: Deciding whether you want your song to have drive or not. This decision comes down to the balance between Direction and Color. (Btw, the same thing happens in Melody - check this article here) …continue reading →
Probably the most undervalued factor in becoming a professional songwriter is speed. Being able to write a song in a day or two dramatically increases your output and therefore possibilities.
- The more songs you write, the more artists you can write for.
- The more songs you write, the more you can upload for your fans.
- The more songs you write, the more you can sell (hey, we all gotta make a living, right?)
- It simply feels great to be able to write a song quickly.
- There's no overthinking things, you have to rely on your intuition, meaning your songs don't mutate
- You are always the first to be heard in pitches if you can send in your songs first.
Growing up with my parents's favorite bands such as the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, I recently noticed 3 major changes in how songs are written now as opposed to 30+ years ago. Understanding these 3 major changes in the songwriting industry is important because the consequences are very present in which songs make it to the radio (thus, your audience) and which don't.…continue reading →