When I got my first songwriting deal, my publisher and our other songwriter, would write 2-3 times a day. Every day. The volume of out put from our office was crazy. We were cranking out between 30 and 45 songs per week between the three of us. I had nothing to compare it to, so I didn’t think much of it. I thought every writer in town was working that hard and writing that many songs. As time went by, I discovered that most writers were NOT writing that much. I asked the other writers from our team why they wrote so much. They told me that they wrote a lot because they wanted to increase their chances of getting a cut AND because they wanted to have songs to pitch to every artist. And, they believed that writing more improved your writing exponentially.
So, when people tell me they have written 25 songs and still don’t have any cuts, I tell them to write more. A LOT more. Writing a lot more songs is probably the best way to move forward toward a career as a writer. Those songs are your practice swings.
The more you practice, the better you get. That’s the way the world works. So, if you want to get cuts, start writing more. Challenge yourself to double your output by the end of the year. Write. Then write some more.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 15 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.