Congratulations to Oscar for being a Young Songwriter 2018 Finalist with his song ‘The Way You Move’. Here’s a bit about Oscar and his songwriting.
What inspired you to write your SAYS18 finalist song ‘The Way You Move?
The Way You Move was inspired by seeing the impact of affairs on those directly involved and their families. This song was months in the making, as I always wanted to express the issues that occurred but could never really find the words or instruments to really do it. After a while these chords just came up while I was just playing around on the piano and the song wrote itself in a matter of minutes
How long have you been writing songs / How did you get into songwriting? I started improvising with basic piano knowledge and eventually started to ‘wail’ (words of my piano teacher) at age 12, the song I entered a few yearsago called ‘Cappuccino’ was my third ever actual song I wrote and to this day is my family’s favourite.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? Before a few months ago, I really just wrote songs to make a nice sound – I just liked the satisfaction of showing my parents and them going ‘thats nice’. Recently I started writing from experience as some stuff went down in the family and I felt I needed to address it.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? The first 30 minutes of producing it on my laptop is definitely my favourite part as I start to realise what instruments I’d like to include and I just love playingdrums on tracks – something about it fitting in with the lyrics really interests me.
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? Being told that what I have written sucks. I’m always so eager for criticism but I’m not great at changing what I’ve done because I’m impatient – which is something I’m definitely going to work on.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? Melodies/Chords definitely – I always try and find a chord sequence which isn’t too cheesy but also still gives the listener a feeling that moves them. I always bear in mind that I’m far from perfect and that its unlikely I’ll find the perfect chord sequence but hopefully it happens one day.
What do you like about Song Academy and our Young Songwriter competition? The fact that it’s motivating. You have the comparison of other people, and although songwriting in itself isn’t a competition – I love being able to feel like it is, and this makes my music better.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs? J Cole – I think rappers are some of the cleverest people Stevie Wonder – He just makes some absolute bangers. Tom Misch – I think his style with the guitar is really cool
15 years from now you will be… Playing music, whether its in a pub or at Wembley – I just love performing as well as writing.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? I like being at school and having fun with friends – whether its skating or just generally socialising. I think that this is important so I have a balance and also something to write about.
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.