I want to write those songs that annoy you. Help?
September 9, 2010 1:05 PM Subscribe
I think I have a knack for writing really catchy, radio-friendly pop songs. How would I go about getting, say, Britney Spears to sing one?
posted by The Pantless Wonder to media & arts (9 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a classically trained musician, but in the past years I've honed my songwriting skills and as it turns out I'm pretty good at writing radio standard type things. Cheesy, dance-y, mainstream stuff.
I don't have an interest in performing these songs myself, and in any case I'd do a lousy job at it. I just want to compose it and pass the score along and get a royalty check.
I know that big music houses like Sony or other big entertainment companies like Disney employ staff writers who do a lot of the writing for their pop stars/musicals/etc. The behind-the-scenes music staff. I know some of these writers are successful pop stars in their own right, but some of them are just music nerds like me working from a studio.
I realize that this is an incredibly competitive industry. So let's pretend for the purposes of this question that I know full well that this is not an easy market to break into and try to avoid answers that aim to dissuade me. I got a feeling the world will take care of that.
So where do I start? Is this the kind of thing where I could write the songs, produce a demo using, say, ProTools, score out a piano/voice orchestration and just...send it in? What would make a good demo for this purpose? And send it to whom and where? Or do I have to strike out on my own and hope to get "picked-up?" How would I best position myself for that to happen?