How to become a Songwriter for ArtistsBecoming a songwriter for artists?
Twelve things I'd like to know before I became a songwriter
There is no need for any kind of musical training. Sometimes a songwriter thinks he has to listen to a piece of musik or even plays an organ to do what we do. Producer sends me songs - all the songs, no words - and I just scribble and tape them myself to fill in the number.
You need to have a sense of sensitivity, and you need to work with other folks who know the mechanism of sound, but you don't need a big piece of musik to do it. It' s very hard to tell how much you' re going to make with a particular track.
So the way Songwriter makes a living are royalties: When you play a track on the air, license it for a movie, or download it from Apple, you get a very small proportion of that cash. However, you don't see the cash for long because it will take weeks for the track to be tracked, published and eventually performed.
You can sometimes get an up-front payment from a publisher where you can get the cash to actually work. For about seven years I worked in old people's houses before I could settle my rental with song writing alone, and it took five years after I got a contract before I really "made it".
"Three, don't say what's on the air. Just tell us what you want to hear on the air. It' good to be following the latest fashions, but when thousands of folks send a song to great artists like Rihanna, it has to be the one who notices. That means getting inspired from everywhere and not just hearing what's already on the chart-cap.
There was nothing like it when I was writing "Rude Boy" and "S&M". That'?s why Rihanna took them, and that'?s why they turned out to be a hit. There are 1,000 tracks for every single track recorded that goes nowhere. But before a track gets to the fan, so many folks - the artists, the producers, the record company - have to make up their minds whether they like it or not.
I' m quite fast at songwriting - I can compose tens in one single days, but I have so many who have never seen the light before. Usually I hear all types of tunes, but also TV ads, TV-instros, radioskits, horn honks in transport, everything. If I see something that could make it a track, I just take it down or I' m recording it right now.
Sometimes I have an artists idea when I write a track, but most of the times I just let my imaginative juice run and then, after the track is composed, I hear it and decide: "Hey, this may be a dose for this musician. "6 "6. Get a portable recording room so you can shoot from anywhere.
There' three places I make songs: I' ve got a home studios, a small home theater and my "backpack studio", which is just my notebook, mic and headphones. Can put together a track whenever and wherever. While I was on the sets for Pitch Perfect, I was still doing this kind of recordings and sent audio tape to make voiceover for movies like Ice Age.
If I' m sending a track, it's just a sample of what the track could be. They listen and decide whether they like it and want to take it into their own hands. Things don't have to be right - it shouldn't go on the air - but nobody will take your tune if it doesn't really resonate.
Usually you don't want to take something you have to make a bunch of changes to, so every single words has to be just right before you do it. Sometimes when an artists records a track, it is complete. On other occasions, the musician wants to go back to the recording studios to personalize the music.
but you have to work unbelievably hardwork. Songwriting is like being in college: There is a great deal of celebration, but there is also a great deal of study to teach you how to make a good one. What is strange about songwriting is that all the artists you work with know who you are, but the general audience usually has no notion.
So I went to the recording studios last night and everyone - Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, everyone who was there - said: "Hey Ester! There''s a whole bunch more than just album music. I wrote for Broadway and Eurovision Song Contest tracks; I did the singing and playing in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.
I' ve also written a track for the animation movie Ice Age and expressed two characters: Essentially, knowing how to compose and sale a great track doesn't have to stop at album music. There' s nothing like listening to a fan who knows all the words in your songs. It' a Rihanna tune for the crowd.
You didn't know I was writing those words. When you hear a lot of all the words you have been writing - or are in the clubs, when folks dance to the tune you have been writing - then there is nothing like that. Dean Ester has composed for Katy Perry, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Usher, Beyoncé and others.