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The Regional Sessions: 5 questions with Beatrice Lewis

Story Published Friday 13 August 2021
Beatrice Lewis will lead songwriting workshop: The Regional Sessions.

UPDATE (2 September 2021)

Due to the current public health guidelines, The Regional Sessions Victoria program scheduled to be held during October 2021 has been postponed and will now be held in March 2022 (dates to be confirmed). Ticket holders can hold onto their tickets for the rescheduled dates or request a refund via [email protected].

Tickets will be put back on sale at a further date, and we look forward to when we can all get together and connect through the art and craft of songwriting.

Producer, songwriter and artist Beatrice Lewis will lead workshops at The Regional Sessions in Bendigo.

We asked her why someone should go to The Regional Sessions, how to prepare, what to bring and more.

Want to find out more about The Regional Sessions? We wrote about 10 things you need to know.

The Regional Sessions Victoria kicks off in Gippsland, and winds its way through Wangaratta, Bendigo, Dandenong and finishes in Geelong.

Attendees will participate in two songwriting workshops, led by that location's guest speakers.

Beatrice Lewis of Haiku Hands, Kardajala Kirridarra, Beatrice, GO SKY will be a guest in Bendigo. An expert collaborator, producer, performer, vocalist, and, of course, songwriter, Beatrice is an experienced workshop mentor and has worked with music creators at all career stages.

Get ready for The Regional Sessions with our Q & A with Beatrice.

1. Can you tell us why a songwriter should attend the Regional Sessions?

For me the greatest benefit of these sessions is getting to collaborate and work with other artists from your area. You can get and give feedback, create networks of people to work with, collaborate with, remix etc. And mainly just get inspired by all the amazing music that people are making in your community.

Also, in my experience, sometimes the only way I hear my music is by playing it to other people and hearing it through their ears. I’ve often played mixes and ideas to people and heard it totally differently! I have found their feedback to be really helpful in deciding what I want to change in my songs and what I what I feel really strongly about and want to keep.

2. What can someone expect from a Beatrice Lewis songwriting workshop?

I work in a bunch of different projects that cover a whole range of genres and styles. In a workshop, I like to share ideas and tips from my songwriting experience with all of those different projects, for example how to collaborate with people, how to finish your songs, when and where to get to your tracks mixed and mastered, and how to release music, amongst many other topics!

There is SO MUCH I would like to cover but I mainly tailor it what the people in the session need exactly for their next steps. For example, what are the most practical steps that each participant can take to get their songs done? And, what steps can we take to make sure that the process of songwriting is as easy as possible so you can keep writing as a life-long practice?

3. Do you have any tips about how to prepare for a songwriting workshop at The Regional Sessions?

If you have written songs I would bring as many of them in as you am comfortable to play to the group. I would bring the best version of those songs that I have -- this might mean working on them before the session or just being happy with where they are at and being open to feedback. If you don’t have them recorded I would bring the instrument you play them on. I would also have a bit of a think about what I am happy with in the songs and what I am willing to change.

If you haven’t written any songs yet I would bring in your instrument and a pen and paper and possibly even something to record ideas on, like your phone! If you haven’t written any music then this could be a particularly scary/exciting adventure and you should definitely jump on in!

4. As someone who has collaborated with an array of artists, how has connection and meeting new people helped you as a songwriter and producer?

It’s probably been the single most influential part of of songwriting and production journey. I have written with so many people and you learn something from everyone! Everyone has something cool they do or how they think or their story, it’s amazing to see what comes out of people. I feel like everyone has something special in them. I would say that collaborating has been and still is one of my favourite things to do in the world.

5. Lastly, what is your advice for getting the most out of the day?

Definitely show up! It can be very intimidating to take those first steps but showing up is definitely the first and most important one. Then it’s being as brave as you possibly can in those moments that are terrifying, like showing your lyrics or singing your melody ideas, it’s good to remember you only have one day to really go in, so it’s worth taking those extra steps.

Bring an understanding that creativity ebbs and flows, sometimes you have heaps of ideas and sometimes you have none, not stressing if it’s one way or the other but just trusting that you have good ideas and they will come! Also drinking water, I always forget that one.

Haiku Hands - Super Villain

Kardajala Kirridarra - Ngurra (Rain Song)