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Sing ’it: Bittereinder’s advice for writers

Bittereinder - 2011-09-07


Where do you begin writing a song/finding lyrics for a song? The chorus, the first line, the overall theme, etc?

Tricky question, but I’m pretty sure most songwriters will tell you that each song has its own story. Sometimes a melody arrives from nowhere, sometimes a lyric and a melody together, sometimes an instrument leads the way, sometimes just a few words. In Bittereinder’s case, every song on our first album was created in a different way between the three of us.

What does a typical song structure of yours look like – how many lines, where does the chorus fit in, etc?

If you have a typical song structure, you should stop writing songs. Honest advice that, and very useful. But (especially with Peach at the helm) every song structure is painstakingly calculated and continuously refined.

How do you know when a song’s lyrics are complete?

With rap it’s difficult, because you’re already writing a lot more lyrics than the average song from almost any other genre. Here’s a free one-liner to answer this question: When the train of thought reaches its destination.

What do potential songwriters need to keep in mind when writing a song for the competition?

Avoid clichés! Avoid clichés! Avoid clichés! And if you don’t avoid them, use them in a brilliant way. This might be very difficult, but if you can dream it, you can achieve it. And then I woke up, and it was all a dream.

What's the one topic you've always wanted to cover in a song?

I’ve been thinking about the concept of “mouth” for a while now, I think a song might take shape out of that pretty soon. It sounds dumb if I don’t expand on it a bit, but then again I don’t want anyone to steal the idea. Or maybe I do. I don’t think there’s one specific elusive topic that’s been lingering for too long, usually I take care of the lingerers relatively swiftly.