I had also learned a lot about the business and made a lot of connections. I wrote about 3,000 songs for catalogue #2. My cut ratio improved a little bit, but I was getting bigger and better cuts. Last year, (catalogue #3) I averaged more than one cut per month. I’m still building on what I learned from catalogue 1 and 2. I’m working smarter. I’m writing better. This year, I hope to improve on that average.
There are no shortcuts for writing well. It has taken a long time and lots of hard work – 6,000 songs, most of which will never be heard to get to the point where I’m having regular cuts. There have been many discouraging moments and MANY years with NO cuts at all.
Looking back, I realize that the biggest factor in my success may just have been that I never gave up. I never soured on writing when I wasn’t having any success. I didn’t become bitter and jaded. I still love writing more than any other “job” I could imagine, and I get up every day excited to write something new.
Being positive during the lean times is key. Keeping my enthusiasm for writing during the hard times has allowed me to press on when times were hard. If you get discouraged and feel like giving up, put the Winston Churchill quote somewhere that you will see every day. Don’t focus on success or failure. Just write. If you are like me, writing is the part that brings the most joy anyway.
You can give up on writing, but no one can take it away from you. If you started writing because you LOVE to create and express yourself, the music business can’t take that away unless you let it. You can always get that same satisfaction from writing whether anyone listens (and pays you) or not.
You’re in the game as long as you write!
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with 20 years of experience in songwriting, music production, mix and mastering. He has written and produced more than 5,000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.