Congratulations to Erik for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with his song ‘Happy Birthday’.  Here’s a bit about Erik and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘Happy Birthday’?  When I was young I wanted it to be my birthday every day and it was very exciting for me. I think it is every child’s dream to have their birthday every day an di remember when I was little I used to ask when will it be my birthday

How did you get into songwriting? Songwriting is my passion from when I was little and I wanted to celebrate My Birthday everyday.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? It allows me to achieve confidence and other people enjoy my song.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? The easy part is the lyrics.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? The difficult part is the music.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? First I start with melody.

What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition?  I can show my talent, meet new talented people and learn new things.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs Bruno Mars, Adele, Will.I.AM

15 years from now you will be… A famous singer

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? Play with the computer and play with my baby sister.

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.

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