Nathan Greenfield is 18 years old from Liverpool and his song ‘Sixties Hearse’ 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 Nathan recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  It was inspired from a messy situation I was in when I went to Leeds Fest last year, when I got back I pretty much wrote it straight away and it just all came out onto the page

What got you into writing songs?  As things in my life were happening and as I was growing older, I sort of just started writing songs as a therapy, I’m no good at writing diaries or stories but I found that I can when it comes to music, so it became very good for me to write down how I was feeling etc into a song

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  I love writing choruses, I always know when it’s a good chorus so finding the right lyrics and chords to use is satisfying when I get them right!

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  I always write songs with pen and paper to start off but with this one I had made a demo which was quite different to the final version, I then took it to my band and they added the other instruments

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  It’s very spontaneous for me, I just get a feeling that a song is coming, and then I’ll write it. Usually it’ll be inspired by something that’s happened to me but other times I just write what comes out naturally and it makes more sense to me when I listen back to it.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?Noel Gallagher has always been my songwriting idol but something tells me he’s not the type to collaborate, so I would have to go with Alex Turner, his lyrics are brilliant and it would be great to get an insight into his process

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  I saw it on Facebook and I thought it would be a great opportunity to get my music out there, I rarely enter these kinds of things but I could tell that this was the kinda thing I wanted to get involved in, with the help it would provide and the great judging panel. Even just them hearing the song would be brilliant.

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?  Have confidence in your song! It’s very easy to criticise yourself too much and I know some people might not enter if they do not think they’re good enough but they could be sat on the next hit

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?  I love Sam Wilkinson’s voice, reminds me of Jake Bugg and his song is brilliant!

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I think that it provides a brilliant opportunity to uncover talent across the country and for young artists to get feedback on their music, which I know means a lot!

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