How do you start when songwriting?
Do you start with a main melody?
Or harmony? Rhythm?
For me, it depends.
If I am working as an arranger and if I already have the lyrics, main vocal melody and basic harmony from a client, then I usually start experimenting with a beat / drums.
Sometimes, even I have nothing yet, I start with the beat.
Beat is very important for me, the rhythm, vibe, tempo.
If I get a great beat, I am immediately in writing flow and ideas are jumping into my head.
You know that feeling when you head starts to bang, haha :D
So the right beat is very important to me.
And a song without a great beat / drums, is...
Not a good song :)
OK OK, I am drum-centric :D
Everything needs to be just great when it comes to great music that could make it along with 60.000 new songs uploaded on Spotify these days.
In this video, I was working on a beat for a rapper and I was inspired by Tom Morello music a lot.
More to come..
May the muse be with You!