One of the skills a successful co-writer will learn is ﬁguring out who they need to be in the room each day. As I start writing each day, I’m trying to ﬁgure out exactly who I need to be in the room that day in order to come out with the best song we can possibly write. The extent to which I play my role best is usually directly proportional to the quality of the song we create.
Here are roles I might play on any given day.
The editor. Some days, my co-writer is on ﬁre and is just spitting out stuff left and right. On these days, I try to hit “record” quickly and to write down the best of the best that they are throwing out. Then, my job is to help discover and piece together all of the best stuff. Sometimes on these days, I do very little actual writing. But, I’m serving the song by editing and pasting together what is coming out in the room.
The lyric guy. Sometimes, I’m the one people are leaning on for lyrics. So, I try to bring my “A” game and produce lyrics that make our song awesome.
The melody guy. Most days, this is me. my co-writer is a lyricist only, so I’m driving the melody train. This one is most enjoyable for me. I try to ﬁnd melodies that are interesting and unique so that our song sounds great to the ear.
The mediator. Sometimes, in a three way co-write, I’m the mediator. When my two co-writers can’t agree, I try to ﬁnd middle ground and work out a peace agreement. This one doesn’t happen often, but it does happen more than you might imagine.
The challenger. Sometimes my co-writers want to settle for something that’s not awesome. So, I’m the one who challenges us to dig deeper, to keep working and to make sure we knock the song out of the park.
Learning to play those 7 roles well will make you a better co-writer. In your next co-write, step back every now and then to see if you are playing the right role, or if you need to change roles to serve the song better. Remember, “The song is king”. Do whatever it takes to make it great!
Author Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 14 years of experience in music production, mix and mastering, recording engineering, live sound designing/engineering, lyrics writing and music arrangement. He has produced more than 800 and written more than 2000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.