“I want more than anything to get one of my songs recorded by a major artist on the radio.”
Funny part for me was that almost half the music are written and release under my own name (you should check them out!) are classical and I still do not believe pop or rap music (even mumble rap) sucks or whatsoever! Each genre of music has its own audience and no matter what you write, there is one person somewhere in the world who would enjoy that music at a point of time. But of course with that one person’s joy, you as a writer can’t make a living and you need to write something which the majority of people would enjoy.
Let me suggest this: if you find yourself hating the music that’s being played today, then getting one of these artists to record your song will most likely NEVER happen. In fact, almost all the successful writers that I work with waste little time complaining about music they don’t like. They are too busy creating new music, working on their own sound, and talking about the cool new music they’re currently into. If they don’t like the latest Luke Bryan record, they simply don’t listen to it longer than it takes to understand why other people DO like it. It’s really about FOCUS and INTENTION. If you can’t stand radio, you’re not going to create music for the radio. And that’s okay. But, know your goal. If it’s to create music better than the radio, then find the artists that do those kinds of songs and spend your time pursuing that goal. Every second we spend complaining about “Radio,” steals our energy away from doing what we love. If your goal is to get a song on the radio, then I challenge you to immerse yourself in the songs by radio artists that you like. Even if it’s only 10 songs this year. What makes those songs special to you? Can you soak up what’s good about those songs? Strive to write songs of that quality or better.
The bottom line: be clear about what you want for your life and your songwriting. And chase that positively!