Mylo is 12 years old, from Hammersmith, London.  His song ‘Is It True?’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category.  Congratulations!  Here’s a bit about Mylo and his songwriting.

What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song?  Politics and global warming – things where you can’t be sure people are telling the truth and you don’t know how to find out.

How long have you been writing songs?  I’ve been writing songs for over a year now.

How did you get into songwriting?  I started with Song Academy. Before that I was learning other songs that I loved and playing them on the piano.

What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve?   Songwriting allows me to express my feelings. When I’ve finished a song I feel great. It usually takes me about two weeks to complete a song. I start with the lyrics and then add a piano part.

What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process?  That feeling when I finish a song is the best feeling. I just get a feeling when it’s complete.

What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you?  I find editing lyrics quite difficult – if I don’t feel sure about the lyrics and I don’t want to spoil it.

Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords?  I start with the lyrics. Then I think of the rhythm that I want the song to be, and I’ll find a melody when I’m playing around on the piano. It’s a process that takes time – you can’t rush it.

Who are your three favourite artists/songs?  Wake Me Up by Avici, The World by Lil Dicky, The Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

10 years from now you will be… I’d like to be a musician or a biologist or both! I’d like music to be a big part of my life as it already is and I can’t imagine not playing music and singing.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs?  I like relaxing talking to friends, watching movies and going on holiday.

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.