Co-writing: The art of sharing your heart felt ideas with another person and trusting the 2 of you will create songwriting magic. This can be tremendously rewarding and often frustrating. But there are some guidelines to make this experience often a great one. If Moses came down from the mountain with a tablet or two on co-writing perhaps this would be chiseled in the stone!
You shalt put nothing else before the song. The Song Is King. Leave your ego at the door. Let the song develop as it wants to develop and not as you are determined to force it.
The internet is a place full of endless music promotion. It can be easy to get lost in the commotion on popular music sharing platforms, such as SoundCloud and Spotify, but there are many other avenues for self-promotion. Spotify streams and SoundCloud plays are important, but you can look to other platforms for sharing your music and growing your audience.
Below are 10 non-traditional ways to share your music in 2018.
So, you’ve written your latest great song and you want to take the next step and record a demo? Understanding what producers and publishers need to hear in a demo is crucial. Here are some questions every writer should ask his or her self before and after the demo process.
Who will be listening? If you are playing your demo for an experienced producer or A&R person then a simple professional production will often suffice. If you are playing your song for a just-out-of college A&R rep, then they may not have the experience to hear the tune through a simple work tape.
We have a choice to be “problem” focused or “solution” focused. Fright or fear comes from focusing on problems, real or imagined. If you identify the problem for even a second, then switch to solutions, things often improve right away!
People won't like me. Re-frame the thought to “What can I give to my audience?” or “What can I share with them?” or “How can I help them have a better day?” Perform to individuals with eye contact and share the meaning of the song. Become the actor or better to say, become the character in the song.
The chorus is the most important part of a song. It’s the piece that (hopefully) people will be walking around singing for years to come. So, spending a little extra time on this section can make your song much better. Here are some things I always try to keep in mind.
Producers are the power of music industry. They are some of the most influential people in the music industry because they set the sonic landscape by creating new sounds and pushing the culture forward. In a level can say they are “The Brain” of the music industry and “The Heart” of the studio sessions.
There are so many ways a Songwriting Day can be stalled by roadblocks. You start out with good intentions to write a new song and then the phone rings, or you remember an errand you forgot, and there’s that email you need to answer. Before you know it you’ve spent the whole day doing anything and everything else but writing? Here’s some tips on how to stay focused and start a new song!
Make an appointment to write with a co-writer. This is the top thing that helps me show up to write. By making a commitment to write with someone at a specific time and place, it is twice as likely to happen. If you’re home by yourself there are projects around the house that need attention, emails to answer, etc. All easily become distractions that keep you from writing today.
How do you make the most of networking opportunities and workshops to learn and network?? Oh, you can attend, show up at the start time sit by yourself, take a couple notes, not talk to anyone OR You can show up at these events in the future at least 15 minutes in advance of the start time. Check in with the host, talk with people in line with you, ASK about THE OTHER person and what they do, where they are from and see what similar interest and goals you may have in the music business.
I have had enough of bad/weird co-writing experiences that I think I’ll write a book about them someday. From my vast database of material to draw from, I’ve come up with a list of things NOTto do in a co-writing session…