The 30 min Songwriting Podcast where you can sharpen your songwriting skills - and have a laugh or two.
"I love being a guest on Song Talk Radio! To have intelligent conversations about songwriting with actual songwriters is a beautiful thing. Sometimes the terrific hosts let me free-form what I want to talk about, and other times they’ll pick a songwriting subject, but either way, it’s fun, informative, and invigorating." - Blair Packham, frontman, The Jitters, Song Studio Founder
"I had such a fun time as a guest on The Song Talk Radio Podcast! Not only were they fun guys to ‘hang’ out with, but they asked questions that no other interviewers ever have and really delved deep in the meat and bones of my songs and songwriting in general. I’d go back in a heartbeat.” - Jesse Parent, songwriter
It is not a singer/songwriter showcase or an interview show, but a way for songwriters to talk about the technical aspects of writing songs. The show talks about every genre you can think of: pop, rock, folk, jazz, punk, electronica, dance, and Rap. We have special theme shows where we talk about Bridges, Chord substitutions and the odd Movie show. Think of it like one of those talking head sports shows – ‘cept with less yelling.
Music – the International Language
This week SongTalk tried something a little different. We brought in some our favourite songs sung in a different language than English.
They say music is the international language so we thought we would put that to the test. Phil, Neel and Mike each presented three songs in a language other than English and we talked about what it was that made them so appealing.
Topics that came up:
* the first time we were aware of a song in another tongue
* what you gain from listening to a song when you don’t understand the lyrics
* how does the distinctive rhythm of a language affect the song
* where do you best discover music from other places
Check out our Spotify playlist for this episode!
Some links to our featured songs:
Music Tales: Azam Ali’s magnificent vocal journeys through languages
Summer Songs 2021
Well, this summer is gone so we thought we’d try to grab the last bit of joy by sharing our fav summer songs.
What are the tunes that bring you back to the lazy, hazy days of summer?
Give our Summer Songs playlist a spin (or a click):
Keeping it simple (on purpose) with Jeremy Voltz
This week we welcomed the return of burned-out mathematician turned indie-soul artist, Jeremy Voltz with his new song, Like the Very First Time. Voltz’s music is inspired by thinking deeply about the people in his life and what he’d love to have the courage to say to them. Reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Hozier, and Stevie Wonder, he has a voice that is powerful and haunting, delivering hook-heavy melodies with universal, heartfelt lyrics.
Voltz is readying the release of his upcoming Toronto Arts Council-supported full-length, Weekender. Created with multi-JUNO-winning producer, Michael Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie), the album is due out October 22, 2021. From Motown-inspired soul tracks backed by a full band, three-part harmonies, and horns, to quiet promises of hope declared acoustically, Weekender features uplifting, energized conversations with the people in Voltz’s life.
We talked about:
* producing a band record during COVID-19
* Buffy the Vampire Slayer (not joking, just listen to the show)
* melodies first, not chords
* clever ways to capture musical ideas in the shower
* when to be complex and when to be simple in your writing
Download the lyrics to Like The Very First Time to follow along.
From Classical to Personal with Bradley McCaw
Bradley McCaw is an award-winning singer/songwriter. His career started with him singing classical music and touring internationally with the group THE TEN TENORS. A native of Australia, Bradley spent fifteen long years making good in every job a musician and writer could possibly have, ending his day with a stack of old vinyls by his bed and a dream to create music like his heroes.
During this time, he also performed lead roles in musicals like RENT, LES MISERABLES and won the INTERNATIONAL CABARET SHOWCASE with a one-man tour de force performance, featuring an original script and score, culminating in an Australian Tour and a sold-out performance on New York’s, 42nd Street.
Lately Bradley has made a major career change – from classical music and musicals to more personal music. Coming in October 2021, he will realize this dream and release his debut rock’n’roll album, WORRIED MINDS. The record features a wonderful combination of blue-eyed soul, Motown vibes, rock n roll energy, and catchy pop melodies. So Glad is the first single and that’s what we wanted to take a listen to and talk about.
We also talked with Bradley about:
* what made him change musical direction so dramatically
* how he approaches songwriting (hint: hard work and diligence help)
* how he ended up working with a legendary producer
* how to sing personal songs after a career of performing in musicals
4 Steps to License Your Songs with Michael Elsner
If you have Music Licensing questions, then this show is for you! Michael Elsner of MasterMusicLicensing.com stopped by to share some killer tips on how to get your songs into Movies and TV and his Master Music Licensing course. Lexie Jay of Featurette filled in for Neel who was skiving off somewhere.
We talked about:
* How releasing songs for radio and songs for TV is a different process
* The different factors that affect the licensing fee
* How to License your songs for Sync
* The Master Music Licensing Course
* Much much more!
Hit Songs with Unconventional Structures
People think that pop songs have a standard structure – verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus – and many do. Mostly because that familiarity works. But some hit songs challenge convention, they chart their own path to great success. So this episode we thought we would find some recent songs that go against the grain and still manage to be popular. So how do they do it? That’s what we tried to find out.
Neel brought in “Hey Ya” by Outkast. It’s a groove in different key signatures but still a coherent piece of ear candy. In its sub-structure, the deceptive cadence makes the repeating chord progression both unusual and catchy.
Phil was intrigued by The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven“. Despite the lengthy intro, a instrumental break after the first verse, long verses and other structural anomalies it is a beautiful – and successful – love song.
And Mike focused on a Rihanna hit, “Stay“. Despite its atypical length of verse, chorus and bridge this song proved to be a massive hit for one of pop music’s top hitmakers. And oddly enough, the verse melody is almost the same as the chorus. Yet it works.
Take a listen, see what you think and send us your suggestions of unconventional hit songs:
Songtalk is my favourite!
My friend introduced me to this podcast about a month ago and I have already binged so many episodes! I love all the facts and inspiration I get from the wide variety of artists and genres. Hearing other artists talk about their music, their inspirations, and whatever else is very fascinating. Also, the hosts Bruce, Neel, and Phil are great as well! I enjoy listening to the podcasts live and following along 🎶 One day I hope to be a guest on the show!!
Love this podcast!
Love your show! Since I’m just getting into songwriting your show is so helpful. It’s great how you also always give definitions for the terms you’re talking about. Keep it up 👍🏻
Funny and Informative
Not just useful for Toronto's musicians but also very humorous and relaxing to unwind to for fans. :)