Hey Future Music Moguls, hope you’re psyched for tomorrow. Here’s our Agenda :
We are spending our morning in workshops designed for the performers and the producers in our class, with Clive Davis Institute faculty/living legends/special guests, Richard Barone and Bob Power, respectively. Will be a blast!
During lunch, we will meet and chat with Emilly Williams, a Clive Davis Institute student/businesswoman who will share with you what she’s up to…
And in the afternoon we are in the Lab with our amazing production instructor Abhita Austin, working with audio mixers and learning how to record vocals in time for our studio sessions coming up!
We are thrilled and excited for our friend and class guest Ebro Darden, Program Director and Morning Show Host of HOT 97, as he, his entire team, and the behind-the-scenes of what goes on, at the biggest urban radio station in the world, will now be seen by the whole country on VH1’s new show “This Is Hot 97” premiering March 31st at 10:30PM EST. Tune in!
Glassnote Entertainment Group is excited to introduce the newest addition to the independent label’s roster with the signing of New York based Tor Miller. Tor Miller also joins Insieme Music Publishing in a worldwide deal.
Tor Miller is a 19-year old New York City native who spends…
Great day in the production lab this past Saturday!!! You all displayed an outstanding level of diligence while still having fun with the songwriting process. That’s the best way to work! Keep rising!
Vocal intro, verse 1, prechorus a, chorus, verse 2, prechorus b, chorus, bridge, chorus, piano outro “Explosions” was written by Ellie Goulding along with John Fortis, who is also the producer. The song is performed by Ellie Goulding (vocals) and Kirsty Mangan on the violin, and is from the album Halcyon, released in October 2012. At the beginning of the song, all we hear is a chorus of vocals, and as the song continues Ellie comes in with lead vocals. The primary instrument is violin, the secondary instruments piano and drums. Something interesting about this song are the pauses of silence between some of the sections, which help build up to the chorus. Also, the song starts off with vocals and continuously adds instruments, which creates more impact. There is some rhyme in the verses and pre choruses of this song, and repetition of the first word of every two lines of the bridge. The title of the song is the first word of the chorus, which comes after a pause of silence. This gives the effect that there is an explosion of music, which makes sense because the song is called “Explosions”. I believe the title also has the meaning of being able to make yourself be heard, and the chorus catches my attention every time because the explosion always gets bigger, just as her confidence gets bigger throughout the song. This song stands out to me because the lyrics in the chorus are easy to remember and the melody line is sung gorgeously by such a unique voice. The story that this song tells is of being left for something better, but then rising again to reclaim one’s self. It talks about not being good enough for someone when “lacking the things they need the most”, and being trampled by their superiority. The message is that although it is okay to be afraid, you will benefit more from standing up for yourself and being able to catch yourself when you fall than succumbing to someone out of love, because in the end you are the one that has to be strong for yourself. I absolutely love this song because I think its message is very powerful and the way that the sound and lyrics match up is very clever. I also like that it starts off so simple because it gives the song a lot of room to build up.
Song Format: Verse, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus Song
Information/Credits: Written, performed, and produced by Annie Clark. From her self titled album “St Vincent” (2014)
Arrangement Notes: There’s these drums that are off-beat throughout the entirety of the song. This is a really airy and hazy track with a laid-back groove that compliment St Vincent’s vocals really well. There’s also a guitar section that’s heard in the background behind the drums, but comes alive for the chorus and really matches up with St Vincent’s vocals for the chorus. I think St Vincent does a great job with this track as far creating the atmosphere and tone that matches up with her lyrics. The creative use of the off-beat drums, and then the sick guitar during the chorus all compliments her vocals.
Lyrical notes: There is a heavy theme throughout the song of finding yourself as a person, and being tired of following the crowd/ being afraid of being different. I think where this really strikes out at the listener is with some of her lyrics throughout the verses, such as “You wanna be a son of someone”, “By now I know just when to stand clear.When all your friends and acolytes are holding court in bathroom stalls.” With wanting to be a son of someone, she’s saying “Prince Johnny” wishes to be accepted by his family. With the use of the word of acolytes and holding court, you get the sense of followers and a mass gathering for a discussion. Then by saying in bathroom stalls it could mean a variety of things, it could be a callback to the mention of doing drugs in the first verse or possibly just providing an image of this figure Prince Johnny speaking in the bathroom possibly gossiping and speaking in secrecy with his “friends and acolytes”. I think the most crucial aspect of the song is in the chorus with her saying “So you pray to all, to make you a real boy” which brings the Pinocchio comparison, and adds tremendously to the theme of wishing to be accepted and wanting to just be real.
I love this song, I was blown away once I first heard it due to what I mentioned before St Vincent made great use of her lyrics to enhance the theme. I loved how for the last verse and chorus she spun the perspective onto her, bringing new meaning to the song. Alluding to the fact that what she criticizes “Prince Johnny” for could be said for her as well. I thought that tied things together perfectly, putting a fitting end to what takes you on a trip through very atmospheric production and great songwriting. I also like the message of wanting to be yourself, and tired of putting on a front due to fear of not being accepted. There’s also a sense of sympathy for Prince Johnny for him feeling this way and it’s really effective in making the theme powerful.
Key Production Moves: The off-beat drums, the background guitars leading up to the chorus during the verse, the guitars coming to the front of the action during the chorus along with St Vincent’s powerful chorus.
Key Songwriting success: Referencing becoming a real boy, which brings up the themes of Pinocchio which relate to the song. Bringing the song back to being about herself after focusing on Prince Johnny. Great use of vocabulary with lyrics like “holding court in bathroom stalls”, using friends and acolytes, and then the way she raises her voice for the chorus for what is a mostly soothing, laid-back song really adds to the powerful effect on not only this being so important that he is praying for this, but the Pinocchio real boy reference is also enhanced through this.
The Party & The After Party was produced by Abel Tesfaye, Jeremy Rose, and Rainer Millar Blanchaer. The writers were Abel Tesfaye, Alex Scally, Jeremy Rose, Rainer Millar Blanchaer, and Victoria Legrand. Abel Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd performed the song. It was originally from his mixtape House of Balloons as well as his compilation album Trilogy. The song includes many instruments and sounds. It opens up with a bell-like synth with subtle drums which then leads to a louder Moug synth and louder drums. The hook contains a sample of Beach House’s Master of None. The outro is basically another song that contains no specific song structure. It includes a similar guitar pattern as the one in the begging of the song. The Weeknd harmonizes as well in this section. I love this song due to its transition. The second half sounds similar to the first half of the song but it’s different to a point where it’s its own song. The lyrics in the end are more darker than the ones in the beginning. I love the fact that there are two different ideas in both parts of the song, both lyrically and musically altogether. I don’t necessarily care for the lyrics but I don’t mind them. The second half of the song is about sex and I think he’s using language to get certain listeners (girls specifically) to be more attracted to him and the song. The language entraps the listener (or it is supposed to). I personally like the song just because of how it sounds. I think it’s genius. The three key production moves that make the song pop are 1) sampling, 2) transitions, and 3) a change in drum patterns and drums. Three key songwriting moves in this song are 1) sexy lyrics, 2) harmonies, and 3) the use of extreme falsetto at some parts.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI-zb_aP0Sohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI-zb_aP0Sohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI-zb_aP0So
Intro, Verse 1, Pre Chorus (Held Out Chord), Verse 2, Pre Chorus, Chorus 1, Verse (No Vocals), Verse 3, Pre Chorus, Chorus 2, Outro
I chose this song because it is one of my top 5 favorite songs of all time. This song was released on February 27, 1992 and was written by all members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Antony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Chad Smith and Flea). What is interesting about this song is that it has a gradual build throughout the entirety of the song. Each section has more instrumentation than the last. The lyrics were mainly written by Mr. Kiedis during a time of his life when Heroin was taking away all the things that he cared about in life. He used to get his drugs “Under the bridge” in Los Angeles. I love the lyrics to this song because you can actually feel Kiedis’ emotion throughout the entire song. The lyrics are catchy but yet don’t feel annoying. The production of this song is interesting because it sounds very live as opposed to a lot of music which seems very over-produced. I think this song grabbed a lot of people’s attention because it was the beginning of a new direction for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They had left their punk rock roots in pursuit of a more relaxed style and I think that it stuck a right chord (Pun intended).
This song is the perfect blend of “catchy” and “heartfelt”. I think this is especially due to the use of a large choir during the “under the bridge”s of the outro. It really emphasizes the point of the song.