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.
Fantastic mentoring session with Martin Sutton today, thank you Martin! Great feedback as always
Just had a fantastic mentoring session with Martin, my first on my platinum membership! Feel completely boosted and grinning away ready to take this year by the horns! Positivity all the way
Excellent thought provoking and inspirational
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
So enjoyed my mentoring session with Mark Cawley yesterday – from now on I will be hanging out in bookshops looking shady – thanks mark x
It is an amazing academy you have established with a true ethos of care and support coming straight from the top and filtering down through its ever increasing family – I am so proud to be part of it !
Thank you so much for an amazing Platinum year !- I have loved every minute or it, have learnt so much and feel very excited for 2018.
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 was going to write “you can’t beat Martin Sutton”, but that would sound all wrong. 🙂 So just saying am very happy with mentor session from Superstar Sutton. Virtual hugs all round.
The passion of all the lecturers was amazing to see. The sharing of their life experiences that enabled them to get a career in the industry was inspirational and has made me reinforce in my mind it’s truly possible for me!
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
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.
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!
epic PR mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night!!!!!
Amazing and inspiring to be around wonderful like-minded people who live, breathe and love music like I do
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Charlie Dore. Great suggestions and inspiration, along the lines of possibly becoming a ‘superwoman’!
I also had a great 1:1 session with Charlie Dore. Very helpful practical advice and thoroughly lovely person 🙂
Brilliant. Entertaining. Humorous. Good for business.
I am SO totally buzzed that I took the plunge and committed to this program!
Feeling so blessed to be a part of this songwriting family! Thank you for creating this wonderful community, a place for us all to be creative, passionate, supportive and talented!
What an incredibly life changing experience, on sooo many levels!!! It’s so difficult to put it all into words!!!!! Beautiful friendships gained and definitely the beginning of something monumental.
10/10 – Excellent and superbly presented, fulfilling, educational and inspiring
rocket fuel for the soul
Wonderful uplifting day restoring faith in my path
Great mentoring session with Luc Floreani last night! Really encouraging and so many good tips for upcoming events!
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…
The day went far too quickly
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.
Very engaging, high energy and motivating content and delivery. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Just when I thought it could not get any more inspirational, I have another mentoring session with Luc Floreani!
Another superb mentoring session today with @lovesongwriting “I really like the emotion and honesty in the song” 🙂
I have had the most amazing mentoring session with Martin Sutton. So inspirational and energizing! Thank you Martin, you Rock!
Just had an amazing mentoring session with Danny Roberts. He knows his stuff. So much for me to go away and get started on!
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.
Great atmosphere and great for meeting other writers
10/10 Thoroughly enjoyed this course, lovely group of people, fun and informative
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.
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
Such a great day enjoyed meeting everyone and learned so much!
l’ll never forget this songwriting experience. I’ve learned so much from everyone. It was great meeting all these talented lovely people