Paradise was one of the first tracks I finished for my album. It really encapsulated the sound I'd been trying to get at for a long time and was my first release. This is the story of how it came together.
Something I get asked as a songwriter ALL the time is: 'How do you write a song?!' Non-writers are FASCINATED by this process, but writers also ask me this question a lot, because there's always something we can be sharing and learning from one another. Something I do regularly is breakdown the latest pop song I love, and see what the chord progressions are... listen to a review of a track to see how it was made (e.g. Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" supersmash writing process was SO easy, but still had a process!) and it MAJORLY impacts my writing. You’ll also hopefully see that writing isn’t as daunting as it sometimes seems; it can actually be fun and easy!
I was fascinated by being a musician from the early days of my youth. The truth is, I am already a musician; every day I pick up an instrument, practice every day, or write something new every day. But I want to be a working musician whose work is heard. After graduating from college, I found flexible jobs so I could pursue my passion for music. Now I wonder if I should have gone so deeply in debt just to get a job that is fairly easy to acquire. But I think that getting a formal musical education is beneficial for aspiring musicians.
A self produced musician is when you make music and support yourself, in the form of booking agents or managers from a major company. Do you do it yourself if you hired someone who is promoting your tour? Are you ready for the road trip? What if someone has helped book you? Do you play at traditional music venues or play hard at home and non-commercial shows? Does your project depend on external help? I am often asked to share my advice on how artists plan their tours, so I wrote it down, to share some of what I learned on the road. These tips will allow you not only to have your full creative control, but also to maintain the same level of professionalism as any major artist you find while traveling.
When studying voice, it is highly encouraged that you record your vocals. Whether to easily identify areas needing improvement for improved practice, or to use for demos, auditions, or possibly even recording your own music, if you happen to write songs, recording your voice is a great way to further your music education.
As someone who just started college and has just started to be thrown into the real world of music, I was shook up a little bit when I first got to college but I actually have done better than other freshmen because of these patterns that I memorized in high school. So, if you are looking to continue music into college or just looking to learn how music works, here are some patterns in music that will help you succeed from a theory perspective which is very important in college and also the real world.
Since the decline of purchased music started with the advent of the mp3 in the 1990s, and now with the prevalence of cheap streaming services driving down the value of popular music, independent recording artists have struggled to compensate for a shrinking music marketplace. One income source indie artists have turned to for survival is the placement of their music in films, television shows, and commercials.
Music, it's beautiful and creative. Sadly, we all go through struggles when writing a song. We end up giving up after we write a few words due to it not being good enough to us. That's not the case though. You can write a song, but first you need to follow these steps in order to write a song. Put down that pen because it's time to learn to write a song!! (Cue the inspirational music).
As a local musician in a relatively competitive location, especially with electronic music, I know you might be discouraged on your music career if you haven’t started. But with most small artists, there seems to be no reason to start. “It’s too hard” or “I won’t do well.” But frankly, that’s not true. Anyone can make music!
The more we do something, the better we get at it. That’s no secret, and the craft of songwriting is no different. But what is to become of those early lyrics we’ve all jotted down and stashed away in a drawer?