collaboration

Nabs-D, Neel, and Teresa

Funky Collaboration with Nabs-D & Teresa

Nab-s D & Teresa is a new Toronto-based duo featuring funky basslines and powerful, soulful vocals. They featured their new single On The Run on the podcast this week. We talked about: writing an instrumental bed to support a singer leaving room for spontaneity in the studio structuring your song with very high contrast between sections …

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Neel, Phil, and Vivek

Self-Healing Through Hip-hop with Vivek Mehmi

Mississauga-based hip-hop artist Vivek Mehmi talks about his creative process through hardships, beat-making, poetry, and his song Around Your Finger. We talked about: Hip-hop songs structures with verses and hooks Striking a balance between a hook’s catchiness, flow, and message Taking inspiration from the 80s – objectively, the greatest decade ever in music! (Please note, …

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Phil, Neel, and Mike

Mike Fuller and the Joy and Hard Work of SongWriting

Mike Fuller’s rock and roll roots run deep. The son of a church organist and a cover band singer/rock and roll enthusiast, it seemed only natural Fuller would follow the musical path laid by his parents and find himself writing a collection of uptempo, foot-stomping tunes. Mike spent much of the pandemic like many of …

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Mike, Neel, Chad, and Jeffery

Storytelling In Song with Jeffery Straker

This week SongTalk welcomed Jeffery Straker a Canadian folk/roots singer-songwriter, who is based in Toronto, Ontario and Regina, Saskatchewan. His piano-based pop musical style has drawn comparisons to Elton John, Neil Young, Rufus Wainwright, and Kris Kristofferson. Straker grew up listening to country music on his parents Saskatchewan grain farm at the same time he …

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Writing Harmonies with Quote The Raven

This week SongTalk welcomed Newfoundland Americana/Folk duo Quote the Raven. Jordan Coaker and Kirsten Rodden-Clarke have been bewitching audiences with haunting harmonies and East-Coast meets Americana songwriting for a decade. Their album Golden Hour (2018) earned multiple nominations including the 2019 ECMA Rising Artist and the award for 2019 MusicNL’s Group of the year. After …

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Mike, Neel, Phil, and Greg

How to Write A Hit (or not) with Greg Wyard

This week SongTalk welcomed Pop-rock artist Greg Wyard – a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bass player who has been diligently working at his craft since he was ten years old. Greg moved to Canada from his native England at age 13 and settled in Toronto, earning a reputation as one of its most hardworking solo performers. …

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Freestyling with hip-hop artist D.O. Gibson

D.O. Gibson is a Guinness World Record setting rapper, author, professional speaker and music executive. He set a Guinness World Record for the longest freestyle rap ever (8 Hours and 45 Minutes). Gibson has coordinated tours for himself and his artists in Asia (Taiwan, Japan, Singapore), Europe (England, France, Netherlands), USA (NYC, Miami, Los Angeles) …

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Lockwood Barr: Tips on Co-writing in Nashville

Songwriter Lockwood Barr stops by to share her experiences in co-writing in Nashville. We talked about: How to approach co-writing Helluva Habit Lyrics – Lockwood Bar We should Write Sometime co-writing app SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3E4HnLFuksywb7geo3uHa2 WEBSITE: https://lockwoodbarr.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/musicbylockwood/ Lockwood Barr is a powerhouse country artist tinged with a rocker edge. Based in Nashville, TN this …

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Neel, Phil, Lexie, and Jordana

Voices Only with Jordana Talsky

We have a fascinating show this episode with our special guest, Jordana Talsky. Jordana is a singer, songwriter and vocal looper who fuses multi-genre influences into her own sound. She accompanies herself by voice with a Roland Boss RC505 loop station. Her ethos is to incorporate digital means into live performance in an organic way, …

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Mike, Neel, Phil, and Bradley

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 …

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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 …

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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. How do make the most of your …

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Mike, Mikalyn, Neel, and Phil

Mikalyn – Getting started early with songwriting

Impressive new talent Mikalyn stopped by to talk about starting off early, collaboration and songwriting. We talked about: Phil bought a drum kit The Songwriting Challenge – stuff still coming in The Songwriters Association of Canada The New York Times: Now, THAT’s what I call a Bridge! Instagram: @mikalynmusic Twitter: @MikalynMusic Website: http://www.mikalynmusic.com YouTube: Mikalyn …

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Neel, Mike, Phil, Paul, and Sherry

Funky Collaboration with Jellyfish Interrupted

Now physically- distanced duo Jellyfish Interrupted stopped by to talk about how they constructed a funky, lyric-driven track. We talked about: The Copy RIght? Game The Bandname Generator Groove With You – Jellyfish Interrupted (Lyrics) Jellyfish Interrupted YouTube Channel Julian Taylor Juno Nominee https://www.facebook.com/jellyfishinterrupted https://www.instagram.com/jellyfishinterrupted/ Jellyfish Interrupted is funk with a twist. The band formed …

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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 …

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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). Over the past twelve years, they’ve earned a reputation for unforgettable live …

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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. Writing songs at the piano or with a …

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Mike, Phil, Neel, and Delyn

90s Grunge Revival with Delyn Grey

Delyn Grey is a Toronto-based artist looking to break some barriers via alt-rock waves. Delyn’s voice is rooted in the contemporary, but has a unique depth and richness of timbre, and maturity of emotion that distinguishes her not only from her like-aged peers, but from older, established artists as well. Delyn shared the process behind …

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Mike, Bobby & Sarah, Phil, and Neel

Recording at The Warehouse with Focus Your Audio

For our final show of 2020, Vancouver’s “Focus Your Audio” stopped by to talk about production and creating music as a couple. We talked about: The upcoming Song Talk Radio Songwriting Challenge Fluevog Shoes The importance of pre-production Networking Over There Lyrics https://www.warehousestudio.com/ https://focusyouraudio.ca/ https://www.instagram.com/officialfyamusic https://www.facebook.com/officialfyamusic https://www.Twitter.com/fyamusic https://open.spotify.com/artist/6w3jlOmjXGUk2GgNUYW5By?si=5cv6pr8XQribBzW6zvk9MA   Vancouver-based duo Focus Your Audio’s latest …

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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 …

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