It has been a good day getting back
into the songwriting swing of things. I am very excited for this new module and look forward to the amazing collaborations ahead. Starting off the new trimester with the module
February 10th, 2014
Co-writing music is a common practice in the music industry and has been for decades. Why collaborate? Well, almost half of #1 hits between 11955 and 2000 were co-written so there's one point. There are pros and cons to collaborative songwriting, however there are numerous benefits to right the downfalls. If we want to be songwriters, we have to be able to write with others.
What are the creative benefits to collaborating?
Finding others to write with can compliment your skillset(s) such as finding a pianist that can play a hole hell of a lot better than you can... Reading up on some publishing FAQs, I read that most writers either write lyrics or music and less often do both. How true that is? I don't know because I can't imagine a reality when a lyricist is writing completely separated from some sort of meter and melody.
Another plus to collaborating is increasing your output. If you find someone you write well with, teamed up with double the output compensating for halving the pay off.
With a collaborator, you probably have a writers' block deterrent as well as instant feedback at your hands at all times.
Last, but not least, MOTIVATION. If only I were motivated to write a song a day. I could be a professional by now. Having someone other than yourself to commit writing time to can drastically change your daily/weekly/monthly output. Obviously, I should work on my motivational skills to write alone because I shouldn't only want to schedule writing when I'm feeling it.
What are the Career benefits of collaborating?
Writing with others, especially others that are further in their career than you, can up your networking and your reputation tremendously.
PUBLISHING! Writing with other published songwriters is basically an interview with a publishing company!
Getting a cut of the product is another goal worth noting. When you write with artists who do a lot of performing, you have a good chance of attaining a cut and all of the above.
Lastly, its a lot of fun...
Why would artists not want to collaborate?
For starters, most splits between co-writers is 50/50, so you are settling for less money.
Other possibilities include a sense of less individuality, risk of formulaic mediocrity, and/or the feeling of achieving less.
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Different Types of Relationships in Collaboration
Relationships with an equal. This sounds like a friendly, healthy, and non-competitive environment to write in.
Relationships with someone who is better-known than you are. This can be helpful during the learning process and to attract attention yourself if necessary.
With a newcomer. Newcomers may be more green and willing to go back to the basics of simple songwriting that someone more weathered may have forgotten to pull out every now and again.
Lastly, with a contact or a 'surgeon', someone who takes apart songs and replaces the weaker parts with better things.
What are some common behaviors collaborators should practice?
- Respecting the co-writers' idea
- Replacing poor ideas with better ones
- Always serve the song, not your ego
- Be flexible in working methods
- Be prepared to delete good ideas
- Be focused and avoid distraction
- If it isn't working, finish the song yourself!
- Sascha Skarbeck & Amanda Ghost (James Blunt)
- Darren Lewis & Tunde Babalola (Lily Allen)
- Dee Adam
- Steve Robson
- Eg White
- Mike Batt
Negotiation is another aspect of songwriting that can be tricky. If something needs negotiating, there probably is a better lyric to replace it with.
Joe takes a lot of pictures of us when we're not looking... and they somehow make it into the next slides.... VOODOO
The barn was freezing today, hopefully the heating will be back online soon!
I will be working with Owain sometime this week for next Monday's collaboration! Wish us luck.
Yay for collaborating!!!