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Sing ’it: Niskerone & SFR’s advice for writers

Niskerone and SFR - 2011-09-07


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

We usually start off by constructing a simple drum loop to find a groove. Once the groove is found, we use it to create a bassline rhythm. Often the original drum pattern gets changed the further into the track we get. Once we've actually created a 32-bar loop we start adding melodies, which gives us our theme, and then we start basing lyrical content on that.


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

We write dance music, so the way we structure everything is centred around how it will affect a dance floor. Usually we bring in the lyrical content through the intro and into the build-up of the track. Once the main section of the track drops we pull out all the lyrics out to focus more on the groove of the track and only later on bring back the vocal hook. Having said that, every track is different and sometimes a track with full vocals throughout the mix works well.

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

It's a difficult thing deciding when a track is finished. We often pass our tracks along to fellow artists and test them out on dance floors at our shows, and this gives us a feeling of whether the track is done or not.

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

When writing lyrics for a song, it's best if it's something that people can relate to and remember. At the same time, your lyrics need to be given a bit of depth and avoid being cheesy at all costs.

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

We don't really have one particular topic that we've always wanted to cover. We usually create a track first, and then base the lyrics on the vibe of the track. Based on how the track turns out we take into account what has happened recently in our lives and what mood we feel, and try include that into the track.

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