Song Summit 2012 will have more than 50 successful songwriters and producers on hand to give you advice and help you with your career. We’ve asked some of them to list some of the best advice they’ve ever received as a precursor to the sorts of insights they will provide to Song Summit delegates:
What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?
Marc Fennell (‘That Movie Guy’ on triple j, ABC Local Radio and Network Ten’s Logie-winning morning chat show The Circle): “ ‘The best opportunity is the one in front of you’; Andrew Denton, executive producer of Hungry Beast. The man is filled with gems like these but this is the one that was and continues to be the most useful.”
Greg Arnold (singer-songwriter, producer, performer, academic and member of band Things of Stone and Wood): “Write good songs and then write more good songs
Gary Calamar (President of Go Music, five time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor): “From Don Vito Corleone: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
Mark Callaghan (Managing Director of Music Sales Pty Ltd): “Try and finish a song on the same day that you start writing it. Sometimes I follow it…Sometimes I follow it the next day.”
Peter Coquillard (20-year US music industry publishing veteran, co-founder of the Bali Songwriting Summit): “Probably best for the A&R side of the business, but it was “If you love something, close it fast.” I suppose it works with anything. If there is something you think is really good, get involved fast and do your best…. Chances are there are 20 others who want to be involved around the corner so get there first…
What’s the most important lesson you have learned in the music Industry?
Marc Fennell: “To operate my Rdio and Spotify playlist from behind a pseudonym so no one in the music industry can realise just how much Bieber I regularly listen to.”
Greg Arnold: “Make your songs, records and performances as good as they can possibly be. You’ll be happy then, no matter what happens.”
Gary Calamar: “Work hard and be nice to people”
Mark Callaghan: “Do your research. Listen to advice respectfully, but always follow your own instincts and trust your own judgement.”
Peter Coquillard: “You never know who’s going to wind up where so treat everyone well.”