The Regional Sessions Western Australia headed to Albany, Busselton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Karratha and Broome last month.
Songwriters and musos of all levels came along to learn from top Australian talent including Katy Steele, Kevin Mitchell, Anna Laverty and more.
So many topics were covered: collaboration, longevity, staying positive and communication
What a time we had presenting The Regional Sessions at five stellar Western Australia locations: Albany, Busselton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Karratha and Broome last month.
The past few years have been a wild ride for music creators, and our keynotes shared their thoughts on a range of topics – the power of clear communication, longevity in the industry, the post-covid challenges, the role of technology and mixing up your songwriting approaches.
We learned about a range of key takeaways – here are our top 11:
1. “It’s communication, the whole way along.”
Whether you’re heading to a studio, collaborating or touring, pro-active, clear communication goes a long way.
To get the most out of a recording session, Anna Laverty
recommends you do your research: “before you go anywhere near a studio, talk with the producer about what you want. Give them references to songs you like that sound like what you want, and get on the same page about what you’re aiming for. It’s communication, the whole way along. Trust is important.”
Petris Torres in Broome also spoke of the producers’ role in encouraging trust with artists: “Sometimes production is not about the musical side, or the technical, sound engineering side, it’s just trying to make them comfortable and let the art come out of the artist.”
2. Have the challenging convos up front: “Talk about it beforehand”
Speaking of communication, participants were encouraged to sort out the administrative, business side of a project early on.
This is an important part of professionalising your practice, and could relate to splits, contracts, production credits, or setting clear expectations on your project.
With regards to songwriting splits, Anna Laverty notes: There’s no set way of doing it… 50 % lyrics, 50% music is one way of doing it. But then equal splits across a band is another way of doing it, for longevity. So 20 years later the band still exists because one guy isn’t driving a Ferrari and the other guy is driving a Datsun. Cause that will cause friction within the dynamic. Nothing wrong with Datsuns by the way" [laughs].
If you’re curious, check out our guide
for songwriting splits
Katy Steele (Little Birdy) recommended getting legal assistance if you’re writing contracts: “You’ve always got to have a lawyer, and read everything properly. And make sure you’ve got a good manager, somebody you trust.”
Our friends at Arts Law are here to help, if you need.