Gabriele is 11 years old, from Fulham, London.  His song ‘Climbing’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Gabriele and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song? I wanted to write a song on something I am passionate about. I do climbing at least 3 times a week. I love it. I chose it because it is my number one sport. One where you can use both your arms, your legs and most importantly, your brain.

How long have you been writing songs?  5 years ago, I wrote a rap about Venezuela. It was a huge success! Later, I went on to make more raps about it. Then I started to actually make songs about other topics. Finally, I found The Song Academy. I was thrilled!

How did you get into songwriting?  My mum’s birthday was coming along. I wanted  to give her the perfect gift. As I mentioned before, I made up a rap about Venezuela, and as I also said, I think I did very well. I started thinking about what would happen if I made another rap, and then I did. Over the years I started thinking about songwriting more than raps. Joining The Song Academy was an amazing choice for me.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   Songwriting allows me to explore different techniques, tunes, melodies and so much more. It let’s me think of ideas that allow me to express myself. I can put together a song and successfully perform it. It’s one of the favourite things that I do.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?   My favourite part of songwriting is making the bridge and finally performing it in the last week. I like the bridge because usually it goes in a cycle: Verse 1, pre-chorus, chorus, verse 2, pre-chorus, chorus. Finally, something new comes. It’s a different tune, one which is only played once yet in my opinion, is the key component to the song. I like performing it on the last week because it makes you feel accomplished. All those weeks practising so much and it all pays off  in the end.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  The most difficult part of the process for me is creating the tune. I’ve made up quite a lot of raps over the years, and raps don’t really have a melody. Therefore, I don’t have a lot experience with it.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  Normally I start with the melody. Like I said before, it’s the hardest part so I like to get it over with first. The chords and lyrics usually come naturally. I’ve been thinking of rhymes for my lyrics for the past five years. I know what rhyme to use and when to use it.

What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition?   I like that it recognises people for their talent and allows authors to test their skills. I also like that it is only open to young people.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons and Marshmello

10 years from now you will be… I will 20 😊 kidding. I will probably studying music as I would like to compose songs for famous artists…I would also like to be an inventor, an entrepreneur, a Prime Minister, or a music artist. As you can see, I have big plans.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  Climbing! 😎

The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard

The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.