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Songwriter's feedback provided at the Reading UK Songwriting Contest

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Reading UK Songwriting Contest: Future Music’s songwriting competition came to Sub89 in Reading this weekend for the Reading UK songwriting contest. Songwriters came from the Reading area to showcase their songwriting skills at the Reading UK songwriting contest.

Reading UK Songwriting Contest – Industry Feedback

Reading UK Songwriting Contest: 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.

The judging panel played host to:

  • Sabrina Findlay, a vocal tutor
  • Gary Gardner, tour promoter
  • Louis Sellers from Anton Road Studio
  • Carly Cunningham, a singer-songwriter
  • Roy Perestrelo, Crossfire Management

Reading UK songwriting contest was rounded off by a guest performance from X Factor’s Rumour Has It.

Nicky Booty – Great lyrics. Like the inventive use of metaphors. Could do with a few structure refinements; click here for tips on song structure. You had us captivated through the whole performance.

Matthew George Everhart – The song is really sweet and reminds me of a good sound for a soundtrack. Not sure there was a memorable enough hook to drive the chorus, click here for songwriting tips – how to write a chorus. Could hear the Imagine Dragons singing this. 

Reading UK Songwriting Contest – Regional Final Showcase

Heidi Harries – Good use of arrangement, liked the drums! With added production, this song would have greater potential. Couldn’t always understand every lyric; make sure your diction is clear.

Charlotte Lloyd-Butler – The melody line was beautiful. Lovely song and sweetly composed, but to make it more commercial you need to be braver with the structure to it, click here for tips on song structure

Tommy Lloyd – Cool use of different rhythms in your chords, it helped define your song. Great, upbeat vibes – liked it a lot. Enjoyed the acappella moments! Best song of the day. 

Aidan Reid – Lovely hook in the chorus. Good change into the ridge. Your lyrics were strong. You just need to be braver with your structure and melody, click here for tips on song structure

Darren Rampton – The song and lyrics are good, there’s potential here. The song seemed a little dated, adding production could help it become more commercial and current.

Martin Walsh – A cool bouncy track which is reminiscent of Brit Pop. The lyrics were fun and the hook line was catchy. The rest of the lyrics just felt a bit too basic. 

Reading UK Songwriting Contest – Feedback from Industry Judges

Thom Ra – Mysterious lyrics that were presented nicely. Song was easy to follow and the guitar picking was good. Good structure to the song. You have a ‘Ben Howard’ sound to you, which  is really popular at the moment! 

ESSY – Memorable hook, it was an uplifting song. A lively song which has such potential with production. Great rap and good lyrics. Would like to hear this again. Don’t think I’m going to get this out of my head.

Rushil Ranjan – Great song. A well-structured track with good lyrics. Really enjoyed the emotional content in this song.

Samson & the Lion – Keep writing songs like this and you’ll go far! Constantly on the search for originality and this song had that in abundance. 

Hannah-Louise – Great song, it could easily be in the charts. Really enjoyed the nice melody. I can hear this song with high end production, so much potential. 

Jenny Bracey – An incredibly commercial track with so much potential. Cool downs and uplifts. Found at times that it was difficult to follow the song and find a memorable hook line. 

READING UK SONGWRITING CONTEST

All successful songwriters from the Reading Regional Final will be performing at the National Grand Final on Sunday 21st June at Dingwalls, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

If you’re a songwriter and want your songs heard by music industry judges, then why not enter Future Music’s Songwriting Competition

Open Mic UK auditions are now open and accepting entries for 2015 in the summer, enter singing contest Open Mic UK now!

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