Songwriters and musicians in today’s day and age have a definite advantage with the advent of the cellphone. I was thinking about all of the things I use when writing songs and I realized, “wow I use my cellphone for almost every song.”
Cellphones help musicians look up lyrics, record ideas, and share with their bandmates or team. They have basically made it possible to record and write music anywhere that you go and it’s only getting better. I have met hundreds of musicians over the years touring and the one thing we all have in common is the use of cellphones for songwriting. Even if you like to write lyrics the old fashioned way with a pen and paper, having your voice memos rolling while you write can be a gamechanger.
When I sit down to write I almost always hit record on my voice memos. You never know when you’re going to write something that you really like. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written ideas that I’ve liked only to forget them.
Take advantage of technology here. Every musician likes to write differently, but if you’re like me, inspiration hits you at the most inconvenient times. You never know when you’ll find a melody popping into your head and all you have to do is just pull your cellphone out and send that voice memo home.
If you’re in a band I would recommend hitting record on your phone during writing sessions. Even if you’re not the main writer, I suggest you learn as it is such a useful and fun tool to have.
I know this definitely seems like a no brainer, but writing lyrics on your cellphone is super convenient. You can look up synonyms for words if you’re having trouble coming up with cool words. You can also write ideas for songs down in note pad. This is nice if you don’t have a title to the song or if you have a cool lyric idea pop in your head while you’re out doing something.
You never know when you’ll be inspired so having your phone with you to write lyrics is a big plus.
You can actually use cellphones with MIDI controllers now. This means that you can do some fun writing directly into your cellphone. To me, this can be a gamechanger in situations that are typically not convenient. For example, you could do work on an airplane or in a car when you’re not driving.
All of the new controllers are designed to work cellphones for ultimate portability.
Listening To Music
One thing I can’t emphasize enough for newer bands is to always be listening to music. You have to stay relevant and have a good idea of what kind of trends are going on in the industry. Yeah, I know every band wants to be unique, but there are certain things that are beneficial to know. One main thing is the tempo.
If you’re an artist or a band who desires to be played on the radio, you need to know what tempo songs are typically at for your genre. For example, right now down-tempo songs are pretty much dominating every platform of music from hip-hop all the way to rock.
Coming in with a super faster song that might’ve worked 6 years ago, probably won’t work today, unless you have the greatest song in the world.
I recommend listening to music on any platform that you can, but my favorite currently is Spotify. Stay up to date with Spotify as it’s a super important platform for musicians.
Cellphones make it easier to communicate quickly with your manager or band members. If you’re working on artwork or music video stuff, you can easily just create chats and send ideas back and forth. Communication is one of the main reasons that cellphones are so important to people in the music industry. Yes, I get you can make this argument for all professions, but for music, I think they are even more helpful.
Do you have any tricks that you use with your cellphones while writing music? Do you find them as useful as I do? Let me know in the comment section below!