What kind of song have you always wanted to sing? Sometimes this reveals some hidden nugget of info that steers you toward a great song that you never would have written if you hadn’t asked. Some of my coolest artist co-writes have resulted from this question.
Would you say that? Sometimes artists will throw out a line that would make them look really bad if they said it onstage. Asking this question can bring them back to reality. I’m continually checking in to see if the song we are writing fits the artist and what they want to say.
What is the best way to present our song to your team? Some producers LOVE work tapes. Many of them have a hard time hearing a “hit” through a work tape. Asking this question can help you avoid missing out on a cut because you didn’t present your song in the best possible way.
When writing with an artist, ask a lot of questions and do a lot of listening. But, remember that YOU are likely the best writer in the room, so don’t give in and accept bad lines just because they are the artist. Your name goes on the song too and you want to be proud of the end result.