AS: When I’m co-writing as opposed to writing alone, at its core I feel the added responsibility to put my best self forward and to be there for the other writer in the room, because suddenly it’s not about me anymore, it’s about creating a song out of thin air with another person.
Co-writing is a very in-the-moment feeling, and the accountability of not wanting to let the other person down causes me to get out of my head and not be so precious with holding onto ideas, which in return, I think, causes me to open up and come up with different kinds of melodies/lyrics I wouldn’t have thought of alone!
™ program, neither young songwriter knew quite what to expect.
For a little over three years, the series has been a fertile launching pad for collaboration, pairing up-and-coming writers, musicians and producers with each other in an initiative to get BMI’s affiliates networking, branching out and collaborating with like-minded individuals.
While keeping lots of the punk aggression letlive are known for, it takes elements of new wave, rock and even some hip hop production elements to create something sonically interesting and adventurous and I totally recommend it.
letlive are touring Australia, starting in Brisbane on January the 8th 2017, and hitting New Zealand for one show only at the Kings Arms on January 18th.
MR: I’m not actually sure what I thought would come out of it. I made a three-minute edit of a couple different songs so people could get a wider sense of where I came from (folk) and what I was working on at the moment (electronic). For some context, I was running late from my internship in midtown, and everyone was waiting to start when I got there.
Today's interview quickly got interesting, as Jason talked about society, and growing up mixed race in America and indeed what that experience was like in the hardcore scene, which, for all it's often progressive politics is very white and male dominated.
How does the process of songwriting differ when you’re co-writing?
MR: I’m pretty particular about lyrics and love being involved with the production.
I was looking explore the world of co-writing and writing for other artists when a friend connected me to the New York team.
Andy Seltzer: I think I had randomly signed my pop-punk band up in high school when I was 16 without knowing what the company truly did.