What Makes a Song Catchy?
[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Hunter Farris and originally appeared on Flypaper – the Soundfly Blog.] “Why do we like the music we like?” That has been the overarching question of all of my musical studies for the past few years. I’m constantly seeking to figure out why some songs just stand out […]View Post
Is Songwriting a Talent or a Skill?
[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Shaun Letang, founder of Music Industry How-To. MIHT is a resource for musicians and music industry professionals.] At times, you’ll be tempted to look over at your neighbor and wonder how it is that they’re able to write so many incredible songs. “They must be naturally gifted”, you […]View Post
Why Writing Songs Everyday Can Make You a Better Songwriter
[Editors Note: This article was written by Hugh McIntyre. Read his piece on the benefits of collaborative songwriting from last month, too!] Songwriting is simultaneously extremely fun and terrifying. You may feel you have so much you want to say and so many emotions you’d like to express…but where does one even begin? Too many […]View Post
5 Reasons Collaborative Songwriting Is a Good Idea
[Editors Note: This article was written by Hugh McIntyre.] Many songwriters are initially scared to write with others for a number of reasons, most of which are completely valid. Putting your feelings down on paper, (and then perhaps singing them out loud), is tough for many, and it becomes even tougher when knowing that not […]View Post
Songwriting Tips: Embracing Boundaries and Scarcity To Unleash Creativity
[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Though most people know that more doesn’t necessarily translate to better in life, it’s a notion that still somehow weedles its way into the psyche of many songwriters. If you’ve ever found yourself waiting to create the music you know you’re capable of making, one of […]View Post
The 5 Common Denominators of Successful Songwriters, Composers and Producers/Engineers
[Editors Note: This article was written by Gary Gray.] In music, success can seem very elusive. Some songwriters, composers, and producer/engineers just seem to attract success, while others struggle along, fighting an uphill battle, going nowhere but down. The truth is, success in music comes to those who are working HARD and SMART, and from […]View Post
Self-Expression or Listener Alienation? The Delicate Balance of Writing Music For an Audience
[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Why do you make music? This seems like a simple question, but it’s really not. Some artists do it in hopes of getting love, money or admiration and others do it simply because they feel like they have to. Not two artist’s motivations for creating […]View Post
5 Concepts Songwriters Should Always Keep In Mind
[Editors Note: This article was written by Joan Selby.] Writing a song that captures our feelings and conveys them to an audience is often more difficult than it seems. Sure, it is easy for us to understand every metaphor and to relate to certain emotions that our lyrics describe, but will a perfect stranger […]View Post