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Please, anyone wit info on how I could start a songwriting career in lagos should let me know how i'll do it.

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I just created an amateur website for nigerian songwriters after going through the posts. Y'all should join the community and invite people to it. Maybe someone will here us oneday. www.nigeriansongwriters.hoop.la

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I also want to start a songwriting company. From what I have gathered you need a studio and a good producer where you can work on the songs which eventually become demos. To start a sngwriting company, you need as many demos to create a pool where artistes can shop, or from where you can pitch new song or album ideas to. I am still trying to learn about the business and publishing aspect songwriting. Tell me what you think

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hey dude,i am really sorry if i sounded somehow aggressive,u know,i get very angry when peeps try to condemn my only chance of beign famous,shee u get?we'all are one soul pushing in the struggle.no vex abeg,i just dey play,and mind u, rap artists ain't the way u see them as.peace

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You see my problem with rap artist, they are just too aggresive.

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to me ,personally i think,as an upcoming artist in naija,it aint cool to keep getting cheese,alwayz on mind,just keep doing ur thing no matter where u reside,as 4 me rap is what i like doing,i gat sth i do to get paid,still planning to spend like15 grand,one 1 track that i aint rushing to push to fm,i gat three demos down now,still drooping,nat really giving a mess about the cheese,ama do it when i think the time is right,GINO really inspired me alot, maybe planning to buy ya own systems could also help,drooping tracks ur own way.i dont really believe in all trs shits abt record deal in naija,they are not just real.they wait 4 u to bve established bf they sign u,peace.

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Seun watch out for me. You'll be hearing from me soon.

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Please do. I look forward to hearing your music on MTV Africa.

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To all My fellow songwriters, a time will come when we will be happy to see our songs win Grammee Awards. Keep writing,

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writing lyrics requires practice. many writers dont get ahead because they're not ready tosubmit their work for appraisal and critical comments that can be of help. this is a few tips on songwriting.

1. Let your vocabulary be simple to understand for a start.

2. Let the song have a theme.

3. Always have a pen and paper handy, you can be inspired at any time and anything can happen.

4. Learn to use rhymes.

5. Let your song have a meaning. Read it to yourself and sing it to someone as another songwriter's song.

6. Dont rush to the studio or to sell, we have enough junks on air.

7. Send it to songwriter's company overseas for appraisal. it won't cost You a dime.

8. Be original. Be yourself.

9. It is important that your lyrics should have a message. things that you are not happy about or things that make you happy.

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n.b if theres any musician out there who is of international standard and wan2 keep in touch with a fellow hustler mail me , reachingrichie@yahoo.com. it doesnt matter if your a rapper or r&b singer

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i myself am a fuckin rap artist! the problem aint droppin the hit songs; we do that every day its how to get pay thats the probs.we are in kaduna but this silly place has nothin for us so we are bringin our videos to lagos.being a producer aint easy oh and no nigger is ready to buy any song so guy its better you go sing am urself.thats haw naija is

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wow, i've been outta this site 4 long .didn't know i had this amount of replies.thanx y'all.well when that honeyworld entertainment starts operation pls announce it it on these site.

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Well i' ve writen couple of songs and recorded some few. But then i had a good job and was not confident of how producers then do music. My producer then was a camerounian who latter travelled to France with 'CHOP I CHOP' Etien 'T' boy since then i lost contact with music. BUt when it is in born it never leaves, you just write every day and thats my case. Though am trying to go back to studio soon.

The act of writing songs comes from feelings. Some times it realy depends on your mood. Some times you dream and put down the songs you hear or sing and latter they become your songs.

To start writing especially without an instrument you gott listen to a steady beat and place your words either in twos or fours to land with the staedy beat you alone may be hearing. Like :

1 2 3 4 5 6 7= beats

Mama left you when u was younger eh

Dady no come to yo

Left yo in a limbo yeh

Back in the little ghetto

Goto play my guitar

dey make make ma little pay

looking for survival

every day make you read ya bible eh

Chorus

Na so life be yeh

na so life be yeh

na so life be yeh

You go make am when you work hard.

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I have written alot of songs,composed and reharsed alot and comedies,I appreciate having the Talent.But there is no connetion and means of developing the talent.

Wish i can get someone to carry me along.Music has always be my fantasy.

hola

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a singwriter should be able to at least play one or two musical instrument, helps in the development of music ideas,

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[/color][i][/i] i write a lot of songs but still holding on to singing them myself. in case u know anyone whos interested in singing them, pls let me know.i might be willing to give them for free for a start.[color=#006600][color=#990000][/color]

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The best surgeon is not the richest surgeon neither is the best engineer the richest engineer!

I am sure we all can make better tasting rice and chicken than we pay so much for in most eateries especially Mr. Biggs!.

When it comes to business that is definitely not  what matters

The music business is a business like any other business.

There are so many parts in the music industry.

Even songwriting can be broken down into so many different categories as well.

So you need to breakdown as much as possible till you have a very simple straightforward vision of the kind of songs you want to write,

When you have what it is you want to offer you have to know what obtains in that area of songwriting, what I’m saying here is that you need to study your competition real hard!

You need to take out a lot of time to do this,

You actually need to do a lot of planning because if you fail to plan…you plan to fail.

I know it is possible for you to try and try different things till you make it but then listen to this Alex Hailey took almost 13 yrs of his life to write the book “roots” he was wretched he was alone and he suffered greatly during this period (you should read his autobiography and other auto’s as well)

My point being you can get to the prize in a shorter time if you spend more of your time in planning.

Planning is also not wandering around, and there many are tools you will need to assist you.

…, to be continued

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read all ya post

right from my duty post

it cold, presently putting on my rain coat

browsing from my pda phone,

ya'all good guys n here,

i write little of rap,

maybe we can fix business together, i need a good writter of rap song,

we can form Dbang and Don jazzy,

topojons@yahoo.com

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I recently discovered that I could write songs. Within a span of two (2) months, I have been able to write about twenty (20) songs which I classify as rap songs though could be rearranged to suit any other form of music. The songs are just there in my archives, don't know what to do with them for now. Hope to link up with some persons and make something useful out of this. Holla me at mailcjay@yahoo.com. Ciao!

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Nice thread. Keep sharing!

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I dont know where to start from but i guess i'll have to put it one by one for you all. Is not as if i know all but the little i know should help.

I'll love to start with the songwriting aspect. I do a bit of songwriting too and I'll tell you its not something I can explain like these. I think all you need to do is to put yourself in whatever you want to write. Be lost in it and sing it like you want to peform it the next day. First, try to know what you want to write about and then write out a story line of what you want to do pass across. Afte that, create a tune for it and plan on how to fix in your lines verse by verse.

It might not work for everyone the it works for me. For me, i dont have to crack my brain to write a song, it just come. And when it comes, i just write. It only delays if i've not gotten the right words for the song i want to write. For more info on how to write songs, you can contact me, (snatchmore@yahoo.com).

For those that have written songs and want an avenue to sell, there's an entertainment outfit that's coming up very soon(in a month or less)that will connect songwriters with buyers. All you need to do is write as many songs as possible and you're connected to whoever wants it. Sounds nice isn't? The entertainment outfit is called HONEYWORLD ENTERTAINMENT.

The outfit also will be needing the services of songwriters as either staff or inhouse consultants. So, you have a whole lot to choose from.

I think i'll have stop here so that u can all digest that. hoping to hear from u.

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Hello,

Dis, Remmytainment Station live from manchester, england. Am a beat maker also a Dj, I could work on your stuff,

You can holla back on RemmyTainment@aol.co.uk

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I just finished a couple of Demos but where is the marketer, where is the dough? ? ?

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thanx Aicue. wow,300-400 thousand?that's some money.well thanx for tha info.i'll probably hve to b a trainee producer, if u have any info on a producer who needs one let me know.thyanx in advance

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Well to start up or off with a studio, you would be needing roughly about 300 to 500 thousand naira. you need good speakers, a good and high speed processing PC either desktop prferably for cost sake. Then also you would need a sound card, a very good keyboard, an amplifier, a mixer, 16 or 24 channel mixer. A microphone, not stage microphone if you really want the best. Go for a standard studio microphone. Hmmmmm, whatelse, yeap! You also needsome music producing sofwares because music has really gone digital except you are trying to set up an analogue studio, you'll be needing some other things like some live instruments. Well I'll get back to you when I get more info okay? I hope the info helps you.

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well i was thinking of selling songs to artistes and getting paid at once isn't that possible?.also if u know anything about how i could become a producer please let me know

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Starting a songwriting company is a good idea. Its got to start some how in this country.

A lot of junk artiste come out everyday with wack songs. Some good one

don't have good song but you can feel they have good voice quality.

Until we start doing things right in this country we won't move to the next level.

There is a need for songwriting industry on its own. Even the best of songwriters

in America still sing other people's song. Baby face had written several songs for Michael Jackson

who himself is a songwriter/vocalist

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Well, I really don't know how. I've written a couple of songs too but no way to market. Maybe we should use Nairaland. Afterall, that's why it's called Nairaland

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