Isaac Kennedy is 17 years old from Manchester and his song ‘Hardly Know You’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category. We caught up with Isaac recently to talk about all things songwriting!
What inspired you to write your song? I was fascinated by the idea of meeting someone for the first time and instantly having a connection in a way which feels like you’ve have known them forever. Therefore, I tried to portray this emotion through my song in where I am searching for the answer.
What got you into writing songs? I started playing guitar and singing from a young and by the age of 10 I was learning cover after cover and busking. After a few years of this I was looking for the next step as a musician and started exploring my own musical ideas. From this I have wrote many songs of many different genres to help me discover how I best see myself as an artist.
What is your favourite part of the songwriting process? My favourite part of my songwriting process is, in fact, before I even start writing the song. The rush of excitement I get when I find inspiration for a concept or idea for a song is why I love writing so much and I find once this happens, the song will naturally come out.
Describe the setup that was used to write your SAYS20 entry; was it just pen and paper or a full kitted out studio? My setup for writing my song was my acoustic guitar and my phone for the lyrics. When I came to record the song, I used my laptop with logic pro x and my electric guitar, bass and microphone. All in my bedroom.
How do you usually start a song? I always begin writing a song with a picture of an end product in my head, this could be a concept for the arrangement, idea for the lyrics etc. However sometimes the song could come out completely different at the end.
Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?My dream artist to collaborate with would have to be the band Easy Life. This is because I love the way they blend jazzy chords and guitar riffs, with rnb style drumbeats and melodies.
What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it? I entered SAYS20 because I have put songs in for 3 years now and I think it is a great way to gain feedback from established songwriters in the industry which I can take away to keep improving my own work.
What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year? Do you have any tips for them? I think entering is a great idea for anybody wanting to get better and more experienced at song writing as you are putting your songs out there for people to listen to, gaining feedback from professionals, and listening to other songwriters music which may inspire some of your own work.
What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with? My 2 personal favourites from SAYS20 are James Bakian – Can’t think straight, and Leona Mae – Deserve my Love.
What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition? I like that competition gives a chance for younger and less established artists to show their songs to professionals in the industry.