Shows

Mike, Phil, and Neel

How we became the songwriters that we are

This week it was just the family, as hosts Mike, Neel, and Phil each posed a question to reveal how they became the songwriters they are today, and give out songwriting tips in the process.

We talked about:

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Neel, Mike, Phil, and Christopher

How To Write A #1 Hit with Christopher Ward

Very excited to have the Juno-award winning songwriter, author of an international #1 hit song and the very first MuchMusic VJ join us on SongTalk. Christopher Ward has done all that and more. In our recent interview, Chris talked about his new release Same River Twice, its unique recording process and why he wanted to include his version of his song Black Velvet on the album.…

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Mike, Phil, Neel, and Geoff

What’s a record label anyway? With Geoff Kulawick

As the founder and president of Linus Entertainment, Geoff Kulawick grew the start up label to become one of the most successful independent music companies in Canada.Mr. Kulawick has successfully sourced, negotiated and closed on the asset purchase of twelve prominent label and publishing catalogs, most recent the closing on January 1 2021 of the Borealis Records & Publishing catalog, with over 100 albums of sound recordings and compositions including the catalog of iconic singer songwriter Stan Rogers, and the Stony Plain Records & publishing catalog of over 100 albums including music of Ian Tyson, Blues Hall of Fame artists Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Eric Bibb, Sue Foley, Long John Baldry, and others.…

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Neel, Mike, Phil, Nabil, and Michael Massaro

Electro Jazz with Nabil Durzi & Michael Massaro and recording your library of songs

Nabil Durzi & Michael Massaro stopped by to talk about adding jazz to electro.

We talked about:

  • Phil’s Drumset update
  • The drumset
  • How do you record all your songs? How “finished” are they?
  • Using a spreadsheet to keep tabs of your songs in progress
  • Cakewalk gets left off of VST integrations

 

Nabil, is a pro bassist, music producer, recording artist, collaborator, and founder of Grooves Audio Production in 2004, also a band member of the groovy funky band Jellyfish Interrupted with Paul Vos, Sherry Jacoby, and of course Neel Modi.…

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Neel, Mike, Phil, and Matt

Challenging the Tyranny of 440 hz

This week SongTalk resolved the controversy over standardized tuning to 440 hz!

Okay maybe we didn’t resolve anything. But we did invite our good friend and frequent guest Matthew Reid to discuss the origins of the standard tuning setting plus the pros and cons of having a standardized tuning set at 440 hz rather than the more “organic” 432 hz.…

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Mike, Don, Phil, and Neel

Home Recording and Digital Audio Workstations – Part 1

This week SongTalk dives into how to best use DAWs or Digital Audio workstations.

Home recording is booming and it’s not just because of Covid. Musicians have long been using different software at home to do what used to cost thousands of dollars in a professional recording studio.…

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Phil, Neel, Mike, and John

Tomato Tomato and How Writing Simple Songs Can Be Complicated

This week SongTalk welcomed John from Tomato Tomato to our virtual studio.

They just might be Atlantic Canada’s most entertaining musical duo. The New Brunswick based pair – John and Lisa McLaggan – have built a reputation on a live show that is as much about their on-stage charisma as their musical multi-tasking and vocal excellence.…

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Mike, Neel, and Phil

2nd Annual Songwriter Challenge: Listener Songs #1

We got a ton of great submissions to our 2nd Annual Songwriters Challenge: Write a song that uses the same chord progression for the Verse, Chorus and Bridge, here are the first 4 selections.

  • Sadie Aliza- Dirty Introvert
  • Lorenzo Policelli – Tessler_s Bagel Shop
  • Mike Davies – An Algorithm Said – AndersonofaPainter
  • Don Thompson – Interstellar Love

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Mike, Phil, Neel, Brendan, and Adrian

New Life to Old Songs with The Fugitives

This week SongTalk welcomed Brendan and Adrian from The Fugitives to our studio.

The Fugitives are a folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters).…

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Neel, Phil, and Mike

The 2nd Annual Songwriting Challenge Results: Our Songs

Neel, Michael and Phil show off their response to the 2nd Annual Songwriting Challenge: A song that uses the same chord progression for Verse, Chorus and Bridge.

What are your fav 1-Chord-Progression Songs? Let us know in the comments.

The Stuff:

The death of Phil’s old Line6 BassPOD

The Other Side by Neel Modi – Lyrics

Out of Reach by Michael Proudfoot – lyrics

How Can You Stay by Phil Emery – lyrics

Other 1-Chord Progression Songs:

(bridge is different tho)

And check out our episode on popular songs with one chord progression!

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Neel, Mike, Phil, and Jay

Making Your Influences Your Own with Jay Gordon Wright

This week SongTalk welcomed Jay Gordon Wright to our show.

Jay a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and performer who has entertained audiences around the world. He is classically trained on violin, and has expanded his musical toolshed to include just about every instrument he can get his hands on.…

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Neel, Phil, and Mark

Writing Songs For A Living with Mark Cawley

This week SongTalk welcomed Mark Cawley to our (virtual) studio.

Mark Cawley is a hit songwriter, best selling author, in demand speaker, songwriting coach, and popular blogger. As a songwriter his songs have been on more than 16 million records to date – with a long list of cuts with legendary artists ranging from Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross to Wynonna Judd, Kathy Mattea, Paul Carrack, Billie Piper, Pop Idol winners, and The Spice Girls just to name a few.…

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