Free MISS (Music Industry Sundowner Series) Session: A Songwriter’s Tale – An Insight

A 1.5-hour panel featuring Sarah Tout as the Moderator and songwriters François Tétaz and Ricky Maymi as part of the panel. Both of these songwriters have provided a lot to think about in terms of approaches to songwriting. I got some good input from this panel that I have listed below.

Why write songs?

Tétaz likes the stories people have. He sees songs as a conversation about emotion and is drawn to them.

Maymi on the other hand is interested in the creative process as he finds it therapeutic. He is ambitious to take over the world with song.

Where do you start?

Tétaz has two ways in which he starts the process of starting to writing. He will write in collaboration with others and write kernels of ideas. The kernels do not necessarily end up in song form.

Maymi collaborates with artists when writing songs. He has the belief in the shared experience with artist

Do you know when you have written will be a hit?

Tétaz doesn’t know if he has written a hit song. He goes on what feels right, feels like a good idea. Thoughts about why the song exists and what the person is trying to express.

Does songwriting have rules?

Rules are kind of like sign posts, according to Maymi. The reality is it depends on the venture. Major record labels do implement rules for songwriting.

How do you deal with writers block?

Maymi believes writers block is a byproduct of rules. He doesn’t have writers block due to the help of collaboration.

Tétaz spends a lot of time on his ideas. As he collaborates a lot he steps into their writing process, which doesn’t allow for writers block. It puts it out of his comfort zone.

Goals to complete by the end of 2016

I have thought long and hard about what I want to complete in my music career journey over the last few months. Everything that I want to achieve or start to achieve to help me is something that has kept me up at night. Extremely frustrating when I want to sleep.

So… in order for me to successfully be able to complete each of these goals I need to be able to plan them. The goals I want to achieve are

  • Complete the Tom Hess Music Careers Mentoring Program
  • Enter songwriting competitions – The ones I have in mind are the Australian Songwriting Contest, The Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition, The International Songwriting Competition and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
  • Complete the Advanced Diploma of Music Business
  • Start a music reference library – This goal will need to have at least 100 books for me to deem it having some success.
  • Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exams
  • Complete AMEB Level 1 Flute Exams
  • Go to the WAM Conference
  • Go to the Electronic Music Conference
  • Start a publicity/ management company

To help me in ensuring that I complete all these goals I have set dates along side each of them. I came up with the table below:

Goal Date Due
Complete the Tom Hess Music Careers Mentoring Program 31st July 2016
Enter Australian Songwriting Contest 2016 *
Enter The Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition 2016 *
Enter The International Songwriting Competition 2016 *
Enter The John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2016 *
Complete the Advanced Diploma of Music Business 30th November 2016
Start a music reference library with at least 100 books 1st July 2016
Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exam First Grade 29th February 2016
Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exam Second Grade 30th April 2016
Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exam Third Grade 30th June 2016
Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exam Fourth Grade 31st August 2016
Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exam Fifth Grade 31st October 2016
Complete AMEB Theory of Music Written Exam Sixth Grade 31st December 2016
Complete AMEB Level 1 Flute Exam Preliminary Grade 2016 **
Complete AMEB Level 1 Flute Exam First Grade 2016 **
Complete AMEB Level 1 Flute Exam Second Grade 2016 **
Complete AMEB Level 1 Flute Exam Third Grade 2016 **
Complete AMEB Level 1 Flute Exam Fourth Grade 2016 **
Attend WAM Conference 7th – 8th November 2015
Attend Electronic Music Conference 2016 *
Start a publicity/ management company December 2016

* = Date to be confirmed. I need to find out the dates once published onto individual websites.

* = Discuss with flute teacher before confirming dates.