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  • Birthday 09/04/1987

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    psychology, philosophy, music, movies, writing, foreign languages...

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    I write lyrics and music.
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    Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, All Saints, Spice girls, The Corrs, Aaliyah, Ashanti, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Xavier Naidoo, R.Kelly, Oli P., TLC, Tic Tac Toe, etc.


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  1. Hey, Tom! Great article!
  2. Hey, there, guys! I´m primarily a songwriter. I started singing a few years ago, so I´m still rather new. I recently started doing some Smule covers and I would like to get some feedback on my singing. So, I will post here a song by Madonna, Secret. I didn´t practice it much to be honest. How do you find it? Is there something I could improve in my singing? I know I should probably work more on controlling the pitch. Btw, my Youtube is not that great now, I´m working on it
  3. No, you do get paid, yes, but you are required to give up on your copyright, meaning you don´t get any further percentages from the sales and they also take the credit for the songwriting. So, they claim to have written the song although they didn´t. This is what bothers me the most, not so much the money thing.
  4. Hey, guys! I wanted to ask you what is your stance on ghostwriting? I work as a freelance songwriter and I get a lof of requests to ghostwrite (i.e. give up on my copyright). I really don´t like it and find it unfair and unethical. I don´t understand why would someone want to have all the credit and profit for themselfs if someone else has helped them with it. If I´m working on a song with someone else, it is completely normal to me to name them and give them a percentage they deserve. But, I am suprised how widely spread that is. It seems like it is completely normal to hire a ghostwriter or ghostproducer. It seriously started to make me feel angry, because it seems like you get hired less if you are not willing to do that. Which I find absurd. I mean, all those self-proclaimed "artists" who hire ghostwriters to write for them should really just find something else to do where they are good at, and not do what they do. It´s unfair. Rant over, lol. What do you guys think about this?
  5. Thank you!
  6. Hello, I don´t know if this question has already been asked, but what is the best way to perform as a (independent) solo artist? I make pop/electronic music. I´ve been promoting my songs online, but I heard the best way to promote it is to play live. I don´t have a band though. I do play piano, but I think playing this kind of music on a piano would be boring. Should I find a band to perform with? Or maybe perform with a DJ (producer)? What is the best way to perform as a solo artist? Also, how do I go about contacting the venues? Somehow I feel like they won´t take me seriously since I don´t have a label nor a band. I do have a website though, that I think looks good and professional... Thanks Greetings!
  7. Well, we were supposed to play pop music and then go in direction of pop/rock and pop/jazz. Some of the songs are dance songs remade to be played by a live band, so some of them have literally 3 chords that repeat themselfs. I don´t think it´s a big philosophy. I wrote the titel of the song and, for example, those 3 chords that are played over and over again. But he wants it to be written like Intro, Verse1, Chorus, Verse2, Outro.....and how many times like :|| etc. He said, he can´t tell by my writing how much times he needs to play and he needs to listen to the song to know. Well, of course one should listen to the song. But, the thing is, i find it pointless cause it´s always the same! I was rewriting it a couple of times as he said, but he was never satisfied. Anyway, I did what he wanted AGAIN (I guess) and send it to him, but he didn´t reply. Oh, well....guess i should look for other artists
  8. Hey, guys! How important is getting along good with your band members? How important is having the same type of approach to work? I recently decided to form a band to be able to perform my songs live, but also do some covers. One of the band members has a really strict approach to work. Everything has to be written down correctly and throughly, whereas I prefer to lay down the basics and then develope things as we rehears. It kind of annoys me and I don´t know if I should go on with his requests or just find other people. What do you think? I live in a smaller city, so finding people isn´t that easy. He is pretty experienced...What is your experience on this subject? Greets!
  9. Hey, guys! This has been a collaboration between me and Adal White, a producer I met on this forum. The lyrics are written by Angela Mia Ayako. Verse 1: I do drown my tears In the words of a song I do drown my fears In a words of a song It took me a lifetime to find you And a day to lose you Chorus: Either way, Thanks for loving me I am a desert You are a raindrop Thanks for comming my way Thank you for loving me Raindrops hardly come my way Do you drown your tears In a words of a song? Do you drown your tears In a words of a song? Did it take you a lifetime to find me? Did it take just a day to lose me? Chorus: Either way, Thanks for loving me I am a desert You are a raindrop Thanks for comming my way Thank you for loving me Raindrops hardly come my way Bridge: Well, I found you And I lost you Which is better than nothing at all Thanks for making me whole Do you miss me? Cause I sure do, miss you Chorus: Either way, Thanks for loving me I am a desert You are a raindrop Thanks for comming my way Thank you for loving me Raindrops hardly come my way Hope you like it! Feedback welcome!
  10. Hey, guys! Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate it @Skylark: Not evan the DJ version is radio-ready?
  11. It´s really nice and soothing. I like the lyrics too, they have a certain depth to them Nice work!
  12. Hello, guys! I recently released my debut song, it is called "To you". I wrote it when I was 13 years old and it was inspired by Sting´s "Desert Rose". The genre is experimental pop. I´m not sure if it is allowed, but I would like to post here two versions of the song. The first one was mixed and mastered by a DJ in my city and the vocals were recorded in his studio (I made the instrumental myself). I wasn´t that satisfied with the way the vocals sounded so I mixed another version myself and mastered it over the internet. I would like to get some feedback from you guys. I honestly prefer my version, but I´m a beginner with music production and I know it´s not perfect (I forgot to use de-esser, oops! I also feel like it sounds a bit muddy) so I would appreciate if you could give me some construstive criticism on the recording, is that good enough to be played on the radio for example? If you have anything to add feel free to do so. So here is the song: Thank you!
  13. Are you still looking for someone? Cheers!
  14. Hey, thanks, John! It helped what you said! But also, a friend told me I´m supposed to by headphones with a plug in (adapter) for the interface (he said it would help reduce the noise), but when I plug the headphones in the interface I don´t hear anything, but I hear for example drums from the laptop mic when I´m trying to record the keys......
  15. Oh, right, I forgot to mention....I use Alesis iO2 express audio interface. Cheers!