I think for me to be involved in a festival, there has to be a strong element of songwriting and musicianship.
For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic.
I've always used songs and music and songwriting as a way to sort of let feelings go.
I attended a post-college program in L.A. for Music Business and Production. Took several courses involving Music Production, Arrangement, and Songwriting.
Well, our songwriting process is pretty collective.
I think when we were starting out, it was more about imitating our songwriting heroes. We would try to write songs like Neil Finn, or we would try to write songs like Ray Davies, or we would try to write songs like Glenn Tilbrook.
I've lived through a lot of dark environments one way or another while growing up and that has influenced my songwriting.
It's writing songs within the structure of telling a story, so it becomes a platform for diverse songwriting, for a writing process that's broader than just figuring out a song. You're also dealing with always pushing the story forward, with casting the voices, with the orchestration, with the arrangements.
With songwriting I spend a lot of time living life, accruing all these experiences, journaling, and then by the time I get to the studio I'm teeming with the drive to write.
I like songs in all different genres and types. My production and songwriting is everything from pop rock to hip-hop and everything in between.