BIRMINGHAM SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Birmingham Songwriting Competition feedback
Birmingham Songwriting Competition: The Future Music Birmingham Songwriting Competition held its first round of the competition in front of the judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham this weekend. Birmingham’s best songwriters performed their songs in a bid to impress a music industry judging panel.
The judges for the Birmingham songwriting competition were;
- Tony White, a professional songwriter with Born in a Barn recording studio.
- Dutch Van Spall, co-director of Big Help Management.
- Big City Radio presenter Paul Masters.
- Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston.
Birmingham’s Songwriting Competition: It isn’t possible for all songs to receive feedback so find selective feedback below. Please be aware views expressed by judges are opinions and subjective to that particular judging panel. These views in no way reflect the views of Future Music, and are published with a view to being beneficial to the performing acts and their songs. Please take the feedback on board with a view to helping in the future.
Birmingham songwriters wanted to impress the judges, check out more feedback.
Birmingham Feedback for Future Music Songwriting Competition
Steed Bennett – Your song incorporated an interesting combination of melody and rap but you need to concentrate on forming notes and controlling the power of your voice. At times vocally there is too much happening which can feel like it saturates the performance and becomes a bit over bearing. You have a good strong title however we felt the song was generally lacking a hook or memorable chorus. Click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus.
Georgina – Your song had a nice melody but the performance required clearer vocal diction. We felt there could have been a more obvious hook and the structure appeared to meander slightly at times. Click here for more information on the importance of structure when writing a song.
Sophie Harris – Ground; With better dynamics we believe you could drive the hook of the song through more. Although there was a lovely change to the chorus the hook comes in a bit too late. Untouched; Like ‘Ground’ we felt this song would benefit from more variation in tones and delivery volume. Click here for more information on live performance opportunities to help you perfect your delivery. It had a catchy verse melody but didn’t feel like it progressed to a memorable chorus which could be potentially hard for an audience to connect with.
Melissa Severn – Poisonous; An edgy song, we felt the lyrics were clever but those at the start and in the chorus could be reworked slightly to give more impact. Although there was a good hook in the chorus, the melody took a long time to get to the pay-off line. However the concept of the song was good and one which many people will be able to relate too. Hurricane Mouth; Like with ‘poisonous’ we felt this song had a good concept and use of lyrics. Haunting and with an ‘Americana’ feel, we liked the contrast between the softness of the song and the subject matter. We did however feel it would help if the song progressed somewhere after the 2nd line of the 1st verse rather than the 4th as it is all a bit on one level and needed a lift slightly earlier in the song. Click here for structuring tips when writing a song.
Roger Lines – In Love with you again; Your song had a well-crafted structure and competent lyrics, however at times if felt a little safe and predictable. You have combined a lovely chorus and nice hook to create a cheerful number which flowed well, although the style was a little dated and cliché. Melanie; The lyrics in this song were touching, with a nice build in the verse and a bridge that delivers. However like ‘In Love With You Again’ it was very safe, with a familiar ‘Roy Orbison’ feel about it and we felt you needed to include some surprises or bit of a modern twist. You could potentially look at getting another songwriter to help you bring another dimension to the songs. Click here for more information on song writers – working with other song writers.
Birmingham’s Songwriting Competition – Feedback
Ben Sidaway – We liked the story-telling in this song and the message conveyed, however we felt it required a bit more development and use of dynamics to drive through that hook.
Jasmin – This song had good lyrics, however it would benefit from being less repetitive and having a more stand out chorus. Click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus.
Robert Braithwaite – We liked the chorus in this song and felt it had been worked well so that it flowed. It was lyrically different with some nice, poetic turns of phrase included. The structure was strong, with a nice contrast from the verse to chorus, however we felt the subject matter could have been clearer. To help perfect the lyrics you could consider working with another song writer. Click here for information on song writers – working with other song writers.
Roy – You combined a good title with nice lyrics in this song, however we felt the melody would benefit from being more complex. Click here for technical tips when writing a song.
Derek Gilbert – Sweet Elaine; We felt this was a nice song and enjoyed the simple, albeit familiar, melody but believe it would work better with stronger lyrics. Perhaps you would benefit with another songwriter to help strengthen these. Click here for information on song writers – working with other song writers. Until the end; We felt the lyrics and melody in this song would benefit from a stronger hook and clearer chorus, whilst the performance could be improved by working the dynamics more. Only you; This song contained the strongest melody in the verse, however it the structure would have benefitted from having more direction. We enjoyed the use of repetition in this song. In general the songs are well written but could potentially benefit from being more thought provoking.
Katie Lyle – Fallen Leaves; We felt this song was delivered excellently and had a lovely chord progression but would benefit from a ‘pay-off’ line or chorus rather just the ‘ooohs.’ Although the topic and title were simplistic it flowed nicely and was pleasant to listen to. Lock & Key; An intense song, both the chorus and hook were good but we felt it would benefit from being more focussed throughout. Click here for structuring tips when writing a song.
Michael – We felt this song had a good structure with some nice twists and turns in it. Now just continue to perfect your performance. Click here for more information on live performance opportunities.
Birmingham Songwriting Competition Feedback
Bjorn – We felt this song would benefit from having a more ‘stand out’ chorus along with additional light and shade. Click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus.
Lavinia – We felt the melody was a little difficult to follow in this song and it would have benefitted from a clearer chorus. To help perfect your chorus click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus.
Katie Powdrill - 25 to Life; This song would benefit from you having more distinct harmonies and a clearer distinction between verse and chorus. Click here for tips on clearer structuring when writing a song.
Charlotte Swarbrick – Winter without you; The bridge to the chorus was excellent and gave this song a real lift however we felt it would benefit from a more defined chorus. To help perfect this click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus. Don’t stop; This song has a stronger chorus and a nostalgic pop feel to it.
Steven – Cute and nicely naive lyrics with a simple chorus. Continue perfecting your performance. To help do this click here for tips on live performance opportunities.
Denise – Nicely constructed for a feel good song. Well defined chorus and a good use of repetition.
Tom Heath – Settle Down; We liked the way you packed in the lyrics to pick up the pace. We feel that ‘Tongue Tied & Twisted’ could potentially be a stronger title for the song. Higher; This song would benefit from a clearer structure. Heading West; We liked the tempo of this song and felt it was a shame that you broke it. This song could potentially be improved by simplifying it slightly and clearly differentiating the chorus from the verse. Click here for tips on structuring when writing a song.
Birmingham Songwriting Competition
The Birmingham Regional Winners of the songwriting competition will be asked to perform at a Grand Final showcase in London on the same stage that has hosted the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters at Dingwalls,
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