Songwriting

Songs are often born from strangely understood, hidden places, with no map in or out. These posts share songwriters’ insights, approaches and stories about their craft.

TV Heads - Pyragraph

What’s Your Deal, TV Heads?

Pyragraph Staff

Sean: “I really love ambient and post-classical music, and I listen to a ton of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Stars of the Lid and things like that. I was able to see synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani a few months ago and it was mindblowing.”

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Juan and Ayala - Pyragraph

10 Ways to Survive as a Musician in London

Guest Blogger

The music industry is not going to end, of course. In fact, I feel positive that it could become the biggest it’s ever been. The demand for music is high. So what needs to be done to get there and how can musicians like me survive in the changing times?

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Kat Downs - Pyragraph

Shit Will Get Done, and It Will Be Fun—2017

Kat Downs

One human artist with all the feelings and occasional depression and anxiety cannot—CONSISTENTLY—do all of those things in 12 hours. What you CAN do is figure out how to use your time without burning yourself out. You will get done what you can get done and let the rest go. This is the only way to break the cycle.

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half-glass - Pyragraph

Five-Step Pep Talk

Monica Schley

If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will either. Do your work with conviction and authenticity, and what is more, be true to your word. You don’t have to be a perfectionist, you just have to do what you say you are going to do.

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Cloacas - Pyragraph

Music Makers: Cloacas

Guest Blogger

We began the piece in an atonal modal G# minor which happens to be four whole steps down from the actual key of the song. After a collective “gasp” the entire wedding party demanded that we be removed from the ceremonies.

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Iska Dhaaf - Pyragraph

What’s Your Deal, Iska Dhaaf?

Pyragraph Staff

Try to find something real and honest within yourself and share that. Don’t be what you think people want you to be. Be prepared and rehearsed but don’t use the pre-packaged obvious stage antics. That shit is tired.

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Aaron J. Shay - Pyragraph

The Musician and The Performer

Aaron J. Shay

When there are established expectations, you can use that expectation as part of your art. You can distort it. You can reject it. You can play with it. An audience’s expectation of you is material you can shape, and you don’t have to follow the instruction booklet.

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Gabrielle Louise - Pyragraph

Music Makers: Gabrielle Louise

Guest Blogger

Tracking this way leaves you very little control for editing or fixing later, since there ends up being a lot of mic bleed between the guitar and vocal mics. You have to just be happy with the humanity of it.

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