Congratulations to Kevin for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with his song ‘Clara’. Here’s a bit about Kevin and his songwriting.
What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Clara’? I wrote a chord progression on the guitar and made an instrumental demo. It had a bittersweet tone so I wanted to tell the story of someone in their daily life. I thought of the struggles that girls my age go through everyday. Feelings of pressure and anxiety, emptiness and longing, but all the while still enjoying life. Clara’s just trying to figure out how to navigate the complicated world around her.
How long have you been writing songs? I started writing music when I was about 10 years old, so I’ve been writing for nearly 8 years.
How did you get into songwriting? I was always inspired by music and I started singing and playing at a very young age, so it was just natural for me to try writing songs.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? I found a whole new enjoyment in songwriting when I realized how therapeutic it could be. I just loved to play the piano and try to write something that spoke to me. Songwriting allows me to put my thoughts into an art-form that speaks louder than words.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? I’ve always found the chords and melodies to be the most fascinating and beautiful part of songwriting. If your music doesn’t speak than how will your lyrics?
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? It can be pretty difficult sometimes to know what you want to say with your lyrics. I revised the lyrics to “Clara” several times before they felt right.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? It depends, because just about anything can inspire a song. But I usually like to start with chords and then let the melody lead the lyrics.
What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? I think Song Academy has done a wonderful job of giving young songwriters from around the world a chance at sharing their art and getting the encouragement and feedback needed to help shape their craft.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs? It’s pretty hard to chose but I think my current favorite artists are Mac DeMarco, Electric Light Orchestra, and Paul McCartney.
15 years from now you will be… I hope to make a career in music, whether it be in songwriting, producing, or as my own solo act. My talents are a gift that I never want to stop utilizing. And there’s just about nothing else that I enjoy more than making music.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? I like spending time with my brother and sister, or just enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day.
Our SAYS18 winners will be announced on the 14th May at 6pm (GMT) on our Twitter channel.
Come & watch the top young songwriters from across the UK and Ireland perform @WestfieldLondon, Shepherd’s Bush in the Young Songwriter 2018 live showcase on Sunday 10th June, 2-5pm. Around 40 performers including winners, finalists & highly commended entrants, aged 8-18 will perform! #savethedate #newgeneration #talent #youngsongwriters #songwriting #newmusic #freeevent #SAYS18
Full line-up to be announced shortly.