If there's anything I've learnt recently about the music business, it's about the relationships you build.
The people and businesses I've listed on this page, I consider part of my songwriting family.
It was a sliding doors moment in the truest sense in the way I met Mary.
We met at the Australian Songwriters Conference in 2016 and I approached her with an idea for a possible co-write. I never expected her to take me seriously and we wrote an amazing song together called "Invisible", which won the Adult Contemporary category of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2017.
I have a kindred spirit in Mary and we are working together on our next song "If I light a Candle"
When I needed a producer for my debut single, Sven was the guy to go to.
Sven Tydeman is an award winning songwriter who has worked with a lot of pop stars in Australia, but when I met him, I didn't know that.
Each time I did a search on Google for producers, his business Kittygroove kept coming up. I'm a big believer in Fate and took the long trek to his studio and had a meeting with him to see if he was open to working with me.
We had a chat about taking "Black Bunny: from a dream to a reality and made a date for studio time a few months later. The four days in his studio was so incredibly educational for me, one of the nicest dudes I've ever met.
Sven recently moved his family to the Gold Coast of Australia. I have no doubt that Kittygrove will continue its magic in the sunshine state and I look forward in working with him again.
14 songs in 28 days?
The goal is simple: Write one new song every other day for the shortest month of the year. Do it because you can! This is where my songwriting really went up a notch.
I signed up for FAWM in 2013 and by then it had already been running for 9 years. Blame it on a dude called Burr Settles, the Executive Fawmlord. He's also behind Duolingo too. #nerd
It was singularly the most terrifying thing I ever did, and most of my releases have come from the first drafts I wrote during FAWM. It's a wonderful community and you won't regret giving it a go.
This guy is known for his golden ears, perfect for someone like me who has broken ones.
Send your produced music to him and hear the difference when he sends it back. If you've ever thought mastering wasn't worth it, Paul will convince you otherwise. I cannot fathom how his brain functions, while seeking the perfection of sound and its spectrum
Kerrie recently left the Central Coast for the Sunshine Coast of Australia.
I consider her one of my mentors, in understanding the performance side of a song. In the past, I would just write lyrics, not factoring the breathing of the singer, the performance of the music and the drama of delivering a line. She was the one who challenged me to get up on stage, sing badly and not apologise for it.
In 2018 we started co-writing together, with two songs called "Watercolour Girl" and "You n Me". I'm sure we'll continue to shove each other outside our comfort zones in the years to come.
I've always felt guilty about the fib I told Simon when I wanted to work with him for my wedding song.
Simon Johnson (Central Coast, NSW) is a well-respected and highly sought after Producer/Musician in the Australian Country Music industry. For over 10 years, he has toured Australia and overseas as a bass guitarist for a wide range of high profile artists, including many of Australia’s top Country Music stars.
When I was getting illegally married in Australia, I told Simon that I was doing a wedding song for friends, rather than myself. Why I did that, I have no idea and still regret it to this day.
Working with Simon was so different to Sven. Simon works by distance because of his connections all around Australia. The vocals he provided for "Heaven's Blessing' came from a female who was moving from Tamworth to Melbourne and the pianist (who I am still in awe of) was based in Perth. I never got to meet these people and shake their hands and convey my heartfelt thanks,
This challenge will absolutely do your head it, but it's so worth it.
This is the marathon of songwriting known as the 50 Songs in 90 Days Challenge.
Between July 4th and October 1st, participants attempt to write fifty songs. Songwriters will test their creative mettle by trying to create a finished song in less than 2 days every day for nearly 3 months.
You go completely insane and obsessed about songwriting during this challenge. You might not get any feedback, but you keep going, never giving up and develop your songwriting muscles (and mettle) from the experience alone.
The dude is the bomb when it comes to lyric videos.
I found Calvin via Fiverr and he did the videos for both "Black Bunny" and "Heaven's Blessing". I have no hesitation in using him again as an indie songwriter.
The power of the Internet can be a funny thing.
Georgie is one half of the GeorgieDan duo based in London, UK. We bumped into each other one night during a songwriting challenge and she was having a mini meltdown. I dared her to do a real time FB messenger co-write, one line at a time and came up with a country ditty called "Don't Call My Number" and a rock track called "Rock Bottom".
From there we built our friendship, chuckling how we're 12 hrs apart on opposite ends of the earth.
Adrian and Barb came into my life via my co-writer Mary Harrison as she had worked with them before. I first met them (by distance) at the 2016 Australian Songwriters Conference, but my shyness kicked in at the worst time and I never said hello.
Thank God Mary approached them and they took Invisible to the next level, where we won the Adult Contemporary Category of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2017.
These guys know their music and have the reputation to back it up. I can't wait to meet them again and see what they can do with our second co-write "If I light a Candle"
Wanna grow as a songwriter? You need to go to the 2018 Australian Songwriters Conference at Ettalong Beach, NSW.
If you're serious about a career in music, you’ve probably already spent thousands of dollars on quality instruments, music lessons, computers and recording programs, demo production, sound gear, and the list goes on.
You may be starting out, or have been pursuing your music career goals for some time. Either way, it's time to go out of your comfort zone, make some new songwriting friends and
Click here to register. You won't regret it!
In 2018 Nick and I started working together on a joint project. You gotta listen to this dude!
We met in the real world in the same workplace and discovered we both had a passion for music. I approached him a few years ago to work with me on a song called Brooklyn and hopefully in 2018 we will release it.