Musician/songwriters Gary Pinto (left) and Sam Keevers pass on their knowledge to SCU Bachelor of Contemporary Music students at yesterday’s songwriting workshop in Lismore.
Musician/songwriters Gary Pinto (left) and Sam Keevers pass on their knowledge to SCU Bachelor of Contemporary Music students at yesterday’s songwriting workshop in Lismore. Jay Cronan

Duo shares songwriting secrets

IF THERE is a formula for writing the perfect song, Southern Cross University Bachelor of Contemporary Music students got a glimpse to the elusive recipe.

Australian songwriting heavyweights Gary Pinto and Sam Keevers yesterday shared their songwriting secrets with students in the first of a series of two-hour workshops funded by the Australasian Performing Rights Association.

Sony-signed singer and songwriter Mr Pinto – who has written songs for Guy Sebastian, Taylor Dane and Jimmy Barnes – revealed to students that the hit song formula had changed.

“Think of pop songs like Umbrella by Rihanna. Before the chorus, there is now a ‘pre-chorus’. People now want more chorus in a song. They expect more ‘build’,” Mr Pinto said.

But not all songwriting trends are positive, according to jazz pianist and talented songwriter Sam Keevers.

“We’re heading to the end of an era. The beautifully crafted song is dead. Instead we’ve just got grooves – beats over one chord,” he said.

Mr Keevers, who has written with Kate Ceberano and Katie Noonan, also suggested the Northern Rivers’ future musos should embrace musical diversity to succeed in a cut-throat industry.

“I have always written from personal experience and that’s what I will be encouraging the students to do,” Mr Keevers said.

The powerful singer and talented pianist duo recently released a new album, titled Let The Light In.



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