October 16, 2017
Article

EDM Songwriting Basics

Every music fan and beginner musician has fantasised about writing a hit song. While, of course, there is no secret receipe, nor guarantee, on how to write a breakaway hit, there are few hints and tips which may, just may, increase your chances:

Brainstorming a song title and topic: Create a phrase of one to six words that sums up your song’s message. A song should answer a question. Start by asking yourself what you want to say about your title. Make list of questions such as: What does my title mean? How does it make me feel? Put your questions and answers right in your lyrics. You’ll need three to four questions.

Vocal-driven EDM Song Structure: Many of the greatest pop songs use the following structure: Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus. However, while vocal-driven EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is simiilar in structure, most tracks work as follows: Intro / Verse / Chorus / Breakdown / Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus / Outro.

Vocal-driven EDM's format offers a lot of flexibility within its most common structure. Maybe your track will have a thumping bass line through the whole song that never changes. But the parts on top shift and change. Or maybe you keep your lead the same and turn your percussion sections into a verse, chorus, etc.

Chorus or Hook: Select the question you want to answer in your chorus. What emotion are you describing? How does it make you feel?

Melody: Find the melody in your lyric by choosing the lines you like best for your chorus. Say them out loud. Then say them with lots of emotion and now exaggerate it. Notice the natural rhythm and melody of your speech when you say the lines with lots of feeling.

First Verse: Choose a question to answer in your first verse. Make it one that will pull the listener into the situation.

Connect your Verse and Chorus: After you have a verse and chorus, create a transition between them. Chorus melodies are usually in a higher note range than verses. When we get emotional our voices tend to rise. The chorus is the more emotional part of your song so it’s higher, while verses add details about the situation.

Second Verse and Bridge: To build the second verse and bridge, you’ll need to choose another one of your questions to answer in Verse 2. Your second chorus will have the same melody and lyric as your first chorus. Now you just need to add a bridge. The bridge section adds a peak emotional moment to your song. Try two or three lyric lines to sum up what you hope will be the outcome. The melody should be different from both verse and chorus. A bridge isn’t a requirement but it can add a lot of strength to your song.

Here's to your hit! Good luck!

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October 13, 2017
Noisehive

Interview with Justin Doncevic

"I think Paul Kelly would be ...

We had a chat to Noisehive's pizza loving Label Manager about his new single Girl on the Train

Tell us about ‘Girl on the train’. There’s a bit of talk in the office about the inspiration behind the song. Set the record straight. Who is she?

Well it's not a story written from my own personal experiences, so to be honest I don't know who the girl is.

Where I get inspiration from is a hard one to pin down, I can get it from listening to music, reading something, playing guitar or just totally out of the blue. As for who I can get inspired from, just any well written song, all my major influences are songwriters: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul Kelly

So with songwriting in mind, what song do you wish you wrote?

'Going Home' by Leonard Cohen, the lyrics are just so raw, full of humour and emotion.

What’s your “scene”? And what would we find you doing on any given sunday?

I'll go to any gig really as long as there is a good act playing. On a Sunday a sleep in is always great, then just chill out for the day, going for a walk or a hike, or just playing and listening to music.

If you could write a track with any artist dead or alive, who and why?

I think Paul Kelly would be great to write with, he is always working with a wide variety of artists so I think that is something that he thrives off. Would be great to see how he goes about writing with other artists.

You’ve had a shitty day and you want to chuck on an album that you know will chill you out. What is it?

An album of late that has been on rotation for me when I just want to chill out is 'Unclassified' by Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Just the tone coming from Randolph's Pedal Steel guitar instantly relaxes me.

If you could curate a festival with unlimited funds, who would your three headliners be?

Well last year a festival probably already did my perfect lineup! Desert Trip in California, the line-up included Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Who.

Ooh! Good choices. But wait…God forbid you stuff up the line up times at your own festival and have to choose only one of those acts to see… would it be Dylan?

Absolutely I would have to choose Dylan if I could only see one!.

In three words how would you describe your music?

Blues. Rock. Jams.

And lastly do you have any helpful hints/tips for young musicians entering the scene?

To not feel the need to play every gig that you get offered. When I first started playing live I would play any gig I could, which most of the time were run by scam artists to looking to get a couple of bucks out of young artists that don't know any better. So definitely don't play any pay to play gigs!

'Girl on the Train is out TODAY and available through all good digital music stores.  > READ MORE

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October 9, 2017
ARTICLE

The Importance of Music In Our Development

Music induces some kind of response for most adults and children whether that’s singing, humming, tapping or a dance routine. Music stimulates the whole of the brain and is multi-sensory, fun and engaging. Because of this, music teaches us many skills without necessarily realising we're learning.

It has been shown that music and communication are closely linked and there are many skills that are common to both. Research shows that exposure to music from an early age is beneficial for communication development both in terms of spoken language and literacy skills.

In particular, music plays an important role in early communication. Almost all parents sing to their children from the day they are born. Most of us will be able to name at least one song our parents sang to us as a child.

Here are some of the communication skills we learn through singing or being sung to as children:

1. Concentration– singing is very engaging and makes it easy to pay attention for long periods of time.

2. Anticipation– music and songs lead the brain to expect or look for the next notes in the melody. Songs often have a predictable, repeating pattern of words and/or actions which makes it easy for us to learn to anticipate what’s coming next as well as supporting maintenance of concentration.

3. Taking turns in communication by learning to listen and then respond within the song.

4. Using non verbal communication and eye contact – many children’s songs have accompanying actions which encourages the development of watching another person, copying them and co-ordinating gestures with words.

5. Vocabulary development - repetition of words and rhyming.

6. Sentence development – hearing the same sentence structure over and over again is essential for learning to say new and longer sentences.

7. Phonological awareness – awareness of alliteration, rhyme, syllables and rhythms are essential skills for later learning to read and write as it supports the ability to break words down into sounds, work out what those sounds are and put them together again to make new words.

8. Sequencing – Like music, all language follows a sequence whether it’s the order of sounds in words, words in sentences or information in a story.

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October 2, 2017
Article

Music Saves: How Music Can Improve Memory

Our relationship with music begins at birth and plays a key role in the formation of our identify when we are young. A heartfelt organization called Music & Memory has created personalized music playlists for nursing home residents with dementia who use their mobile device to hear it. Eyes light up and bodies start to move with the rhythm as the music awakens their memories. There are hopes that this movement could greatly improve the mood and happiness of many people.

As we all know, music is profoundly linked to personal memories such as hearing a song associated with a first love or leaving home. In fact, our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory.

For persons with severe dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, memory for things—names, places, and facts—is compromised, but memories from our teenage years can be well preserved.

Favorite music or songs associated with important personal events can trigger memory of lyrics and the experience connected to the music. Beloved music often calms chaotic brain activity and enables the listener to focus on the present moment and regain a connection to others.

Persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.

Because music is stored in many areas of the brain and is a basic part of what makes us human, using music associated with personal memories helps reach and engages the person with dementia even as memory fails.

Using personalized music can help increase overall quality of life. Research shows consistent results:

1. Participants are happier and more social.

2. Relationships among staff, participants and family deepen.

3. Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.

4. Staff regains valuable time previously lost to behavior management issues.

There is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.

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September 28, 2017
Drumb

Interview with Sweet Potato

"What I'm most keen about is ...

We took five with Sweet Potato to ask what it's like to be the nation's favourite electronic music making vegetable. With his debut EP 'Welcome to Erth out now, we dug below the surface as best as we could with this elusive tater to ask what's about to sprout.

Ok, firstly - How long have you been a potato?

Roughly five months; the standard period of maturation for a healthy tuber.

Your debut EP has just come out on Drumb. What’s is your favourite track from it?

They're all my babies; some of which I began as a sketch of something about a year ago, maybe more... but I think 'Everest' best represents where I want to take this potato train in the future. Its got blowout dance flows and chill jams, builds and drops. All that. I've been really keen on getting vocals into the mix of things as well, which I'm told is generally regarded as a rare ability for a hybrid vegetable/artist.

What or Who inspires you to be your starchy best?

I haven't really ever experienced any hyper-terrestrial activity or sound, so I draw a lot of influence from such things as the dank, soggy earth under which I have been maturing for the last few months. Believe me, it's moist in here. I live for anyone who can get weird and experimental but bring it back and keep it real. Fourtet, bonobo, jamie xx spring to mind.

What song do you wish you wrote?

Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National. What a twist, you didnt see that coming. Seriously how about that new album though am I right?

What are you most likely do be doing on a sunday?

Lying very still

What is next for Sweet Potato ?

Producing tight, musty jams in high proportions, and avoiding harvest. Im living in a veritable mountain of remixes at the moment and loving it, some new stuff due in the next couple weeks, so stay peeled for that one. What I'm most keen about is the potential for collaborating with a human person, so im currently putting the feelers out for artists and songwriters to hole up with in my damp studio and get musky.

Welcome to Erth is out now on Drumb. Expect to hear a lot more from the Young Spudly. Mashtag Beats Mashtag Trap Music Mashtag Musty Jams.  > READ MORE

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