It’s late March and Stockholm is still snow covered. As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, we are reminded of the words of Emily Bronte: “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Our songwriting camps are just the beginning of a new season filled with exciting opportunities, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.
This year’s songwriting camp at Live@Heart festival in Örebro, Sweden turned out a great success. No wonder, considering the serious amount of skill and experience present.
– Actually we were fortunate to get a nice blend of eager and talented up and comers and shrewd repeat offenders, says Tim Johnson, camp host and cheer leader.
Both Vancouver born songwriter Jennifer Saxell and Swedish songwriter Emma Nilsdotter has backed up some international stars by lending their voices to hit recordings by Britney Spears (Toxic, My Perogative) and Ellis Baxter, Josefin Nilsson, Peter Lundblad and others. Emma has written the song The One, performed by Kylie Minouge and been apart of world touring vocal group The Real Group.
–Youngest member Izak Danielsson Kihlström from Karlstad (Sweden) was a dream to work with. What a wonderful voice! and he really ha a nack for dreamy atmospheric guitar parts.
Some of the songwriters, like Moa Erlandsson, aspire to their own careers as artists (Hilma) while others have a focus on bettering the world with hit music. It’s always good to have both these perspectives! The more diverse curation we can do the better the outcome. We usually draw more people from Europe on the Live@Heart camp, since the concept build on IRL participation, but there’s usually someone from America present, which is great!
Linéa Petersson, Joe Vegna and Drew Prentice wrote a song on one of our Black Belt Songwriting camps. It was pitched for the Chinese version of American Idol. It was selected and ended up third in the competition. Now viewed by 220 million and counting. Congrats to the fabulous three!
Happy to realize that our online camps are contributing to counteract social distancing during the corona crisis.
Two new camps are upcoming: September 19-27 and November 14-22. Head over to the shop for tickets!
We are really looking forward to hearing the music coming out of these events! Music is a remedy. Not to the decease itself, but to some of the serious implications it has had on all our lives.
This October, we welcome Indian singer/songwriter Dhrev Visvanath to Stockholm and our first songwriting camp with people attending both on-site and online. Buy a ticket if you want to write a song together with this rising star, praised by Rolling Stone Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine USA. His albums the Lost Cause and Orion are full of emotionally charged and rhythmically intense songs that will improve your life – you have to listen.
Did you know that the Beatles toured Sweden in 1963, before they got really big? They performed at the Eskilstuna Sporthall along with local Swedish talents like Trio med Bumba and The Violents.
Right now, it’s easy to get the feeling that history is repeating itself… Lithuanian super talent and former Black Belt Songwriting Camp attendee, Juozas Martin, is playing Örebro Saluhall, Thursday, Sept. 5 at 20:00. We’ll be there, and we’ll be able to say:
“I saw him at the Örebro Saluhall before he went really big”
We arrange songwriting camps. You can join! here is picture of Niklas Molinder, CEO of Auddly, talking about fair sharing and collaboration. We (Iphigenia Publishing) take copyright very seriously too, and so do most songwriters. We are all dependent on immaterial right being respected in society, and among colleges. We are very proud to have Auddly as a partner, and never miss the chance of promoting this beautiful tool that help us collaborate and share in a fair way. Sign up for a free account at auddly.com and give your next collaboration a good start.
Finally, the Sami edition of our book on songwriting is in print!
It is available in several on-line books shops, for instance here: BoD (books on demand)