Comments on the last post

Hi guys,

Thank you so much for your comments on the last blog post.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading through them & getting a perspective regarding the songs title & content. You don’t always get to have such dialogue about the way in which your work is recieved as a songwriter. There’s always the comments section on youtube, but Im not trying to get my feeling’s hurt this early on a wednesday morning, so it’s nice having this forum to exchange with you.

A few things occured to me which never did prior to reading the comments & it’s such a blessing to be able to put it out there & hopefully get some real meaningful & new perspectives on the way people listen to & internalise music. I’ll start with a quick back story of what I do…

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

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The ‘Sex 4 Breakfast’ recording session with K Stewart @ Rollover studios London

Generally I tend to write in the studio with an artist/group & producer who will either create a piece of music from scratch or will play a selection of tracks they’ve created prior to our session (studio sessions are when & where we write & record new music).

WHAT I LOOK FOR IN THE MUSIC

What I look for in the track creation process or listening part (before I start writing) is the emotion of the music. What emotion does it evoke? What story can I tell over this music? What does it feel like? Do the chords feel euphoric? Fun? Sexy? or Melancholic?

This is the reason why songs are able to transport us back in time or to a feeling, create moods or shift your energy. If you’re sad & wanna cry, or sad & wanna get happy just throw on your favourite record & bang! Vibe changed. Wanna run for miles at the gym? throw on a work-out  playlist. Or when its date night with your significant other you might break out some Jodeci to set the mood.

I really believe music is powerful, we wouldn’t use it to teach children or in places of worship if it wasn’t. My mum told me the only things in life that speak to the soul on a level that cannot be controlled are love & music. I really believe that!

PROFESSIONAL SONGWRITER

I’ve been a professional musician since 2002, a published writer, writing for other artists since 2008 when I signed to Sony ATV & then later signing with BMG music publishing.

When you write with other artists/writers you have to find an emotion or human experience you share, find melodies & lyrics that articulate that emotion effectively & most importantly honestly. When you’re writing from autobiographical place it’s literally like having a superpower,  songwriting is cathartic & you can sometimes unlock your subconscious & work through personal things in a way that people that might not be creatively inclined may not.

I’ve spilled my guts crying whilst writing & pumped my fist in the air with shear joy when I’ve hit a flow & everything you feel & want to say comes out perfectly. At that point you feel like you are channeling directly from God, & it’s glorious.

Then there are other times when nothing comes together, the chords feel disjointed, you can’t find the pocket, you’re overthinking, maybe you don’t have the same vision for the song as your co-writers, the label don’t like it & say they’re looking for ‘something else’ (usually naming the most recent hit record) or sometimes you just have an off day. Heaven forbid, it’s writers block, but it happends.

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I got to meet, play songs & listen to my all time hero Diane Warren @ realsongs L.A

 

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Working with my other hero Lindy Robbins @ Paramount Recording Studios L.A

The most fulfilling part of being a songwriter is when you write something that touches people lives. Theres no better feeling than for someone to have a life defining moment to something you’ve written. Someone told me that their relative requested my song played at their funeral, that hit me hard. Other times it’s not as serious, but if it defines a summer, a wild night or any other memory for someone I’m grateful for my job!

So here goes ….

Questions

I really wanted to understand the source of shock at the title of ‘Sex for breakfast’.

Was it the title? Was it that a woman was expressing herself in a way in which society doesn’t always expect? Is it an example of current society? Hyper sexualisation in the entertainment business? Is it generational? Im really intrigued.

I started answering comments back as these questions where coming to me. I referenced Prince’s ‘Sex in the summer’, Marvin Gaye’s ‘sexual healing’ & ‘I wanna sex you up’ by color me bad as songs I heard growing up with Sex in the title. Granted they were sung by men, so does that change the shock value if it’s a woman saying it? Im genuinely intrigued…

Please do let me know your thoughts & opinions on this it would mean alot to me.

Have a happy hump day

Happy construction!

A x 💋

 

 

 

Sex 4 Breakfast

Happy Monday folks,

I Hope you had a great weekend & didn’t you didn’t clutch your imaginary pearls at the name of todays blog. Honestly it’s not what it looks like. (No need for a NSFW disclaimer!)

‘Sex 4 Breakfast’ is the provocatively titled new single by the talented K Stewart.  It’s produced by the Canadian production duo Banx N Ranx & is co-written by yours truly, the very dope emerging writer Grace Tither (Sigala) from U.K  & one of my favourite humans Adam Baptiste (Katy Perry/ Enrique Igelsias/Swedish House Mafia) from Sweden.

Click here to stream & download ‘Sex 4 Breakfast’

 

Channel Trailer

Hi guys,

Here’s a quick 30sec Channel Trailer, please have a look, like & a subscribe will be more than appreciated. You can Click here to become a subbie.

*Let me know if you have a channel don’t forget to comment & I’ll sub right back (especially if your subscription settings are on private). Totally excited to started building a community to learn & share our experiences.

Happy Construction

A x 💋

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I conquered my fear of Youtube!/ SongExpo2017

Hi guys,

It feels like forever since I posted last! How are ya?

Well, Im currently in Norway on a writing trip at the Songexpo2017.

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Songexpo 2017, Trondhiem Norway          

This is the 7th year of SongExpo & writers from all over the world get together for a week of creating records. Many songs from past SongExpo’s have been cut, released & have charted so its an amazing opportunity to be a part of.

 

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Che Pope, Grammy winning producer &  Fmr President of G.O.O.D Music (Kanye West)

 

 

I got to work with Che Pope from the US. Che is a grammy winner who worked of one of THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME (in my opinion) The mis-education of Lauryn Hill so I was super excited to write with him

 

 

 

 

 

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The super talented Singer & writer Martin Mulholland 

 

I also got to write with dope singer/writer Martin Mulholland & incredibly dope Korean Producer Called Deez. I Honestly  made the stink face (when the beat is just nasty) so many times. Listening to his music You would  think  Deeze grew up in a black church somewhere in America instead of Seoul Korea.

 

FINALLY

I finally did something i’ve been alittle scared to do for a long time, & thats make a youtube video. The crazy thing is, I actually love it. I’m that super subscriber, who learns everything from nerdy tech stuff to hair tutorials! (Not to mention I love a good family Vlog Jamie and Nikki is life).

I bought a point & shoot & a DSLR camera a while back & fear put the brakes on me posting any of the pics & footage I’d shot. I literally came to Norway purely with the intention of writing so I left my camera equiptment at home & headed to Gatwick.

YEAR OF YES

Ok so I’m doing the goodreads reading challenge & really trying hard to hit my target this year & I’m currently reading ‘Year of yes’ by Shonda Rhimes, (whom Im a huge fan of) & the weirdest thing happened when I got to page 79. The words

 

                          DITCH THE DREAM BE A DOER NOT A DREAMER

 

Hit me as if she had pointed a gun & fired the words directly at me herself. They aren’t particularly profound words, but they resonated with me. & I finally got up the nerve to do my first youtube video. It’s not the greatest quality as I was unprepared & shot it with the selfie camera but the point was just to do it. Now its done, I no longer fear it.

I have this bad habit I’m working on braking, but I build something up in my head until it creeps me out & haunts me. Today I conquered this youtube monster with the help of my gladiator in a suit Ms Rhimes, now i’m actually excited to start this experiment & conquer the next fear. Here’s to day 1 of a Year of yes!

Happy Construction

A x 💋

Check out my impromptu video oh & as the youtubers saySubscribe-PNG-6

 

The Four agreements

FOLLOW THE SIGNS

This book came to me, entirely via synchronicity. Suddenly everything I was seeing, reading online & conversations I was having, came around to this book. So not being one to fight the signs presented by the universe,  I went on Amazon with a quickness & purchased my copy. The book was just so effortless to read & was a complete page turner (It’s also a short read so that helps). You know when something just resonates with your spirit & you end up answering back at the book like you’re in church!…Yeah that happened.

Since then I have bought a further two copies for friends & will continue to recommend this as essential reading when you need that little spirit tune up. I can totally see myself revisiting this jewel, when I need it.

I was drawn to this book knowing it was drawing upon ancient wisdom from the toltec people of Mexico. My interest in South American sprituality stems from having travelled to Brazil many times to sing, but more so since my trip to Peru, to experience drinking  Ayahuasca with a shaman a few years back. (I’ll do a post about that trip actually). However you don’t have to be particularly religious or curious to reap rewards from this book.

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My interest in ancient south american spirituality started when I travelled to Iquitos, Peru with my best friend (this is us, at the retreat)

 

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best                                                                                                                                  Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

I Recommend it

Not to over sell it, but I meditated after finishing it & was one of the best ones i’d had in ages. You know the saying hurt people hurt people…Well what I got a sense of peace from, was Don Miguel Ruiz’s ability to remind our souls that we don’t have to be in agreement with the abuse of ourselves, by ourselves or by others. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, & if you do pick it up, drop a comment & let me know your thoughts.

Happy Construction

A x 💋