In the first video, Mark spends time looking at how he approaches production as part of the songwriting process and shows you the importance of listening to a song to understand how each section works as a part of a finished record. Mark then focuses on breaking down the rhythms of different songs to see how they work and how you can build your own.
Mark continues to show his rhythm building techniques in this video. He uses a variety of quantising and MIDI tricks to give a built drum line more groove and swing, helping to add that extra level of polish to your track.
Mark takes a break from the keyboard to give some pointers on how to listen to your music objectively. Pulling yourself away from the song for a while can be a great way to hear mistakes or areas for improvement and Mark gives you a run-down on why this is so important for your song. He then continues to show creative ways you can reshuffle your rhythms to give your song a completely new feel.
Mark and Tom carry on building up the song’s drum beats, adding a mixture of samples and MIDI drums to add more life and colour to the track. You’ll also see Mark adjust small elements of the beat to completely transform the feel of the song, without changing much at all.
Mark looks at MIDI automation to draw in crescendos and add other effects to a song to give it another layer of depth. He also looks at the different types of loops that you can include in your song, including pre-recorded and pre-built MIDI tracks which you can edit later on.
In this video, Mark moves on from building drum beats to look at a fully-built song and pull apart individual tracks. You’ll see how he used a basic piano and drum beat as a base to work from, used a delay effect as a drum beat and much more!
Mark now looks at vocal takes. Vocal fatigue, tiredness and other problems can make it difficult to get a good vocal track in one go. Mark looks at the ways you can get a “perfect” take by chopping up and using the best parts from multiple attempts.
Mark looks at effects that can be put on top of a vocal to give it a better, warmer overall sound, as well as a variety of other creative sound tricks to help the song sound smoother. He then answers a variety of questions from our course members.
Mark looks at one of his previous remixes and gives a breakdown of what he did to make it sound as good as it does. He shows you one of the key Artful Dodger techniques of using a vocal part as a rhythm instrument, as well as continuing to work on the bass and drum lines.
In this video, you’ll look at a variety of extra techniques that Mark uses to fill the sound of the track with. From using a specific plugin that reduces the cold, robotic sound of digital instruments, to limiters that help remove clipping and distortion, you’ll learn it here.
In the last video, Mark and Tom speak more about their experiences as producers, how they got noticed and how they continue to work in the industry. They also answer a variety of questions from our course members.
Absolutely amazing, inspirational, insightful session today
Finished yet another epic, inspiring and all round fantastic 1-2-1 with the awesome Luc Floreani So exited for the plans we’ve got cooking up…
10/10 Excellent! Really informative and enjoyable
I have had the most amazing mentoring session with Martin Sutton. So inspirational and energizing! Thank you Martin, you Rock!
When I look back to last April, when I attended TSA’s Introduction to Songwriting, my life has changed immensely for the better
An enormous amount of information and tips to take away, digest and act upon!
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
The day went far too quickly
Very engaging, high energy and motivating content and delivery. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Great organisation and inspiring evening
Wonderful uplifting day restoring faith in my path
I’m so freaking excited to be on this songwriting retreat!! Have written with some awesome people so far and have created some beautiful songs already! Yesterday’s was incredibly emotional
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
Another superb mentoring session today with @lovesongwriting “I really like the emotion and honesty in the song” 🙂
Thanks for a great day & for inspiring me to #makeithappen along with discovering some crazy improve skills!
Just had my first mentoring session with Martin Sutton, what an amazing experience, so grateful and ready to face my first exercise. Thank you Martin.
epic PR mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night!!!!!
Feeling thoroughly inspired after a mind-blowing chat with Luc Floreani of Floreani Management. So thankful that he’s willing to share his enthusiasm and give me some new ideas.
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
I’ve finally found myself and my confidence has come back! That is down to what The Songwriting Academy has done for me and given me the boost I needed. I can’t thank you enough
10/10 – Well worth the travel. I would do it all over tomorrow. I feel a lot more confident now with what I’ve learned.
Just finished an awesome mentoring session with Charlie Charlie Dore what an inspiration you are Charlie. Thank you for all the excellent advice and guidance.
Had a great and informative mentoring session with Mark Cawley, nice guy, had some interesting left of field ideas for me to try. Thanks Mark
Great atmosphere and great for meeting other writers
If I hadn’t have come I don’t think I would have believed in myself. you and the course have inspired me and sparked something inside of me to pursue my dream.
10/10 – I really enjoyed the day and look forward to the Bootcamp
10/10 – The one day course far exceded my expectations. Full of useful information backed up by eveidence. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in the process of writing a song
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
Just when I thought it could not get any more inspirational, I have another mentoring session with Luc Floreani!
Absolutely brilliant! Informative, fun, engaging, great opportunity to network with like-minded people. Great atmosphere!
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people
Thank you so much for this weekend, really was such a fantastic experience. I’ve learnt so much that I wasn’t able to sleep all last night thinking about it.
I also had a great 1:1 session with Charlie Dore. Very helpful practical advice and thoroughly lovely person 🙂
Thought the course was so good and inspiring, have signed up for the Platinum Mentoring Program!
Just completed my first mentoring session with Mr Martin Sutton … got direction .. critique ..structure .. ongoing goals and targets …lots of advice and a real motivation boost !!! AWESOME !!!
Brilliant. Entertaining. Humorous. Good for business.
Thank you Martin Sutton for your continued excellent support during the monthly 1:1’s, general encouragement, and kicks up the rear to keep on improving.
Another incredible mentoring session with Charlie Dore tonight! Really great feedback. So so much to work on and a good challenge but excited to get working on it!
Dominic King… Absolutely Inspirational!!!! Almost did not take up this session, wanted to play it save, but thank God I didn’t !!! Risk aversion you’re a bloody thief. Thanks
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational