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Songwriters Night #3 - Postponed - new date to be confirmed! James Liandu + Haystack Monolith + Rebecca Kidd



James Liandu

Q: What inspires you to write songs/music?
A: Everyday life.

Q: Got any good stories about a song you've written?
A: Just the other day I wrote a song in ten minutes, and it‘s probably one of my best songs I’ve written.

Q: Who are songwriters you enjoy?
A: My favourite singer songwriter is Lewis Watson. He has been a big inspiration for me musically since I first discovered him on YouTube.

Q: Some people look for meanings in songs, while others just like the feeling they make - where do you stand on this?!
A: I write music for both the lyrical content and the feeling of the tune. Every song I write has a different meaning or general idea in the song; whether it be happy, sad, about one topic or several.

Anything else you'd like to add?
I look forward to performing at this Songwriters evening at Blend. Will be great to perform some new songs and create a vibe.

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Haystack Monolith

Q: What inspires you to write songs/music?
A: Mmmmm! Many things - Satisfying word combinations, splendid sounds, over heard conversations, new instruments, dogs waiting outside corner shops, cars that look surprised etc. There are so many elements and interesting things that life chucks at you. I also love the creative process of writing combined with sound. It’s a bit like a puzzle.

Q: Got any good stories about a song you've written?
A: I make music with toddlers, which is an absolute joy. Last week we decided to have a monkey disco. I started to play a jaunty chord progression on my guitar and sing about monkeys dancing, whilst 25 under 5s danced like monkeys. Being toddlers they were bored being monkeys very quickly and started to shout out other animals to dance like. I had to come up with various on the spot songs about the different animals at the disco. So you could say that I wrote and performed around 10 songs in 5 minutes! I think all my stars had aligned that day. I can remember thinking about 2 lines ahead and being very relaxed. That’s what good freestyle rappers must be tapping in to. It was my first proper/comfortable freestyle. I don’t know if I could do it again, I think it was the power of 25 toddlers!

Q: Who are songwriters you enjoy?
A: Tom Waits, Ergo Phizmiz, Meridian Brothers, Jeffrey Lewis, Dasa Fon Flasa, Ray Davis...

Q: Some people look for meanings in songs, while others just like the feeling they make - where do you stand on this?!
A: Both, it depends where the song hits me. Sometimes I will hear a song and straight away I’m into the lyrics, but other times it’s the groove. Groove is extremely important for me!
But I’m also a sucker for poetry. That’s why I’m a huge fan of Rap.

THANKS
The Future Is Glorious

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Rebecca Kidd

Q: What inspires you to write songs/music?
A: A bunch of different stuff but usually just good and bad things that happen in life, writing it down helps to make sense of stuff.

Q: Got any good stories about a song you've written?
A: One day I was in Glasgow and a random American guy came and sat next to me at Starbucks, he was just on a flight layover but we ended up chatting in depth for like an hour about life. He was like some wise old guru who gave me some good advice, so I wrote a song about him, it's called David (his name was David...)

Q: Who are songwriters you enjoy?
A: I love classic songwriters like Dylan and Cash. Not forgetting the females, I think Amy Winehouse was a great writer and current artists like Dodie, Orla Gartland.

Q: Some people look for meanings in songs, while others just like the feeling they make - where do you stand on this?!
A: When listening to songs I don't really look for meaning but with my own writing I suppose it's more about that. I actually started off more writing poetry so it's kind of stuck that I write about stuff that means something to me.

Anything else you would like to add?
Nope just look forward to seeing everyone there:)



Coming soon : Songwriters Night #4 - Rebecca Kidd, Lonely Bones + Rebecca Connelly



Songwriters Night #2 - Friday 7th February 2020. What a great night celebrating original songwriting, with 3 exciting young Dundee songwriters: Pete Smith, Taylor-Ray + Sean Findlay



Pete Smith

Q: What inspires you to write songs/music?
A: Day to day life, my own experiences, living life. I've had a lot of stuff happen in my life, and instead of sitting greeting about it, I'd rather write a song!

Q: Got any good stories about a song you've written?
A: When my daughter was wee, there was a time she wasn't able to sleep, and I took some time to settle her back down. Some words came to me so I sat with my guitar, played some chords and began putting them together. This became a song that got airplay all over the country. Pete also has loads of other stories about songs, including prison and more: come along to the gig to hear more...

Q: Who are songwriters you enjoy?
A: Storytellers, eg Mark Knopfler, he tells stories with his words and the way he plays guitar. Michael Marra. Robbie Ward! (Robbie appeared at our first songwriters night in December, and since Pete heard him there, he bought Robbie's CD).

Q: Some people look for meanings in songs, while others just like the feeling they make - where do you stand on this?!
A: Depends how you're feeling when you hear it. A song could bring you down, or lift you up.
Usually when I hear songs I like, I'm thinking how I can steal something from it!!

Anything else you'd like to add?
Music is medicine - Pete started a music group in the community to help people learn to play guitar and sing songs, and in the past 7 months he's set up more groups across Dundee.

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Taylor-Ray

Q: What inspires you to write songs/music?
A: I'm inspired to write songs by everyday experiences, I've written songs about nights out I've been on, relationships, "not-quite" relationships, the physical affects/emotions felt when dealing with anxiety, I even have a song about my star sign.. I find inspiration everywhere and I feel like people relate to them too!

Q: Got any good stories about a song you've written?
A: I had an experience where I had to go to a&e because I had a panic attack before I knew I was dealing with anxiety, and afterwards I wrote a song called "feels like lightning" about how it made me feel, I always look back at it and feel proud at how far I've come.

Q: Who are songwriters you enjoy?
A: I'm a Miley Cyrus super fan! I think she's great shes so positive and her vocals are so underrated! Maggie Rogers is an amazing songwriter and I like to take some inspiration from her, I also love Mallrat I love the way she writes her songs.

Q: Some people look for meanings in songs, while others just like the feeling they make - where do you stand on this?!
A: Songwriting is another form of art, if you can take something away from the a song you've heard or relate to it that's great! And if you just enjoy listening that's great too! Music is so universal and varied there's something for everyone!

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Sean Findlay

Q: What inspires you to write songs/music?
A: I always start with the music. Usually my inspiration kicks in when I stumble upon a melody and chords I like. I then usually sing whatever words come to mind fitting with the melody. Often the lyrics I get with this technique are actually more meaningful than I think at the time and come out as reactions to life events. I often write a song and I can't figure out what it's entirely about until a year later when I realise I was talking about something which happened just before I wrote the song was written. It's a way I express things often before I've made sense of them. Other times I write songs because I have a line which I think sounds cool so I add a riff and a groove to it. Inspiration usually doesn't happen often though and I find that patience pays off. I have written thousands of songs which I have chucked away because I didn't think they were that original enough. For every hundred songs I write I tend to get one I like.

Q: Got any good stories about a song you've written?
A: I have a song which I wrote years ago when I was 15 in one of my old bands about a fellow band member. We had fallen out over something (I can't remember) so I wrote a song making fun of him without stating it was about him. We played the song at loads of gigs and some of our fans even figured out it was him. Perhaps a bit immature of me at the time but got a good song out of it at least because I'm still playing it today!

Q: Who are songwriters you enjoy?
A: The Beatles songs are pretty hard to beat when it comes to songwriters in my opinion. I'm constantly blown away by their ability to write so many diverse yet great memorable songs. The best songs sound like they have always existed. Absolutely timeless and I think The Beatles were great at writing songs like that. I like loads of music though. I think if someone is able to hit me with a good chorus I appreciate that because it's hard to do.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for getting me involved in this event. Dundee has some great musical talent and something like this is well worth coming to see!

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Songwriters Night #1 - Friday 6th December 2019. We had an awesome launch at Blend - with a cosy atmosphere, appreciative audience and magical story-telling songs from Robbie Ward + Ed Muirhead



We will keep on showcasing songwriters every couple of months, and providing a place where you can hear exciting original music in an intimate setting. If you would like to get involved, please drop us a line: gigs@facemusic.co.uk.