Secret of Songwriting (Write songs that your fans will remember forever)
by Yannis Kapa Throughout my music career I have learned certain things that most of today’s songwriters never realise. Ways that really get your message across to your fans in a very simple and creative way that makes them remember your songs for a very long time.
Here are the secret songwriting rules:
Secret of songwriting #1:Bius: Nothing connects more to the audience than a song that comes from real life. Remember when was the time you got hurt by someone or some situation? Or the one time when you got so infatuated by a girl that you lost all sense of reality. A trip…? or a phase of life that made you realize something. How did it make you feel? Describe this experience in simple words.
Secret of Songwriting #2:Don’t think….feel: It all comes down to emotion….the emotion will open your creativity and the words will start flowing, remember vividly an intense experience regardless of emotion (pain, love, happiness). Relax and let your self free to write.
Secret of Songwriting #3:Be philosophical: Worldly problems, personal problems, anything that troubles us and people around us makes it great material to write songs about (love, family, being broke, alcohol, drugs, war, politics, etc).
Secret of Songwriting #4:Simple and Direct: Keep each sentence within 3-5 words. And 3-4 sentences in each verse. The more simple it is, the faster the message will get to the hearts of the audience. Describe in simple words what kind of a message do you want to send. Nothing too fancy or too complicated.
Secret of Songwriting #5:Creative: Write lyrics simple yet catchy for their ears, dont use words or lyrics that they have been used million times before…e.g. “ I know you want me…you know I want you… I love you, I miss you….etc”. People have heard these types of lyrics over and over ….it doesn’t impress them anymore, it is now boring. When common lyrics come into your mind, erase them or change them, give the meaning in a different way that noone has used before, as long as it remains simple within a few words.
Secret of Songwriting #6:Cohesion: Verses and words do not necessarily have to always rhyme but the meaning has to connect between them and throughout the song.
Secret of Songwriting #7:Listen to songs: There is no virgin birth in lyrics, all your favourite songwriters listened to other songs and had their own favourite songwriters.
Secret of songwriting #8:Read poetry: Poems of your culture and international ones, you can adopt words and expressions from other cultures and incorporate them into your own, but translate the meaning in your own way….don’t translate just the words.
Secret of Songwriting #9:Pen and Paper: Always carry a notepad and a pen with you wherever you go, inspiration is unpredictable, it comes even during your sleep…so wake up if you have to and write it down.
Secret of songwriting #10:Write, write, write: If you don’t know how to start, write about anything…e.g. “I went to the store today”, “the book was a good read”. write about whatever you like, whatever you feel, funny stuff too, inspiration doesn’t come on its own.
The secret of songwriting is NOT about just sitting down writing songs all day….Make sure they are heartfelt, they come from your own experiences, problems, happy moments that touched you deeply. Then your songs become alive. People will listen to them and thank you for making them. So get inspired by living your life.
Why having your own professional music website makes you stand out as a musician
by Yannis Kapa Every musician aspiring to become professional needs to have a a professional music website. I am writing this blog today based on my encounter of a european Rock/Metal band that I bumped into last week selling their CD’s at a train station here in Switzerland. I cannot offcourse reveal the title of the band due to confidentiality but I will share my story with you nonetheless. As I was switching trains to go back home to London a young lady stopped me asking to buy her band’s CD’s, which made me really curious and I started asking her questions. -How come you guys are selling your CD’s here at the train station?
-Cause our manager’s promotion sucks and she cant find any other way to promote them…
-Do you have a website? -No, but we have a facebook page with 7,5 K fans.
-Wow…!Sounds like you guys give large concerts, how big are they? -Well usually we perform in front of 10.000 people and this is our first big European Tour that will be held in a stage big enough for 100.000 people…
I was flabbergasted when she told me that, cause it seemed very ironic that such a successful band would have such bad promotion…and I am not even going to talk about the CD package cause it was made out of a very cheap material that didn’t look good either. But going back to the main topic I asked the young lady if I can see the band’s CD and so she showed me a copy. -So….how many songs are in the CD?
-”Fifteen songs…” she said.
-And how much do want for this CD?
-”20$ for each copy…” -It seems to me that I am paying much more than I am getting…so how many songs are quite good? -”well 4-5 of them are really good and the rest are ok…” Its a good thing she was being honest with me or else I wouldn’t have bought this CD, and I did buy it only cause I felt their struggle…
I tried to be honest with her that bands don’t sell their music too much on CD’s nowadays but mostly through the social media (Facebook, Cdbaby, Itunes, myspace) noone will buy a whole CD when they can actually listen to it on the internet or through the band’s music website, people now prefer to listen to the songs and then simply choose the ones that they really like. If you buy a CD though…you don’t know what you are really getting… and what happens is that most CD’s have 10-20 songs from which two or three are only good….so basically the buyer gets way less value from what he/she is paying for… That’s why today’s bands need a professional music website and not just a facebook page…you need to be easily accessible to your fans and look professional also by giving better value with your music. Supposedly you have big fans and they start telling their friends about your music….then their friends will simply try to check out your website and see what you are all about. People will not bother too much searching on the internet to find you after one or two unsuccessful mouse clicks.
So key points for a professional music website: 1.A professional music website makes you look more professional compared to other musicians that dont have a website 2.You are easily accessible to your fans worldwide 3.You get to promote and sell your music globally (therefore always remember to put .com on your website) 4.What you will sell is what you will put your most passion and creativity into and this gives better value to the people that buy your music. 5.Make sure you connect your music website to the social media and search engines (facebook, myspace, twitter, and also on google, yahoo search engines)
And these are the basic rules on how and why a musician needs a professional music website. Thanks for reading.