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Spotlight: New York Songwriter Emma Lane

All, Featured Songwriters by Dennis Field on March 22, 2013

In our latest showcase, Country Singer & Songwriter Emma Lane talks about how her love of the Beatles, and growing up with a father as a musician turned her onto Songwriting.

Q: Where do you call home:
Rochester, New York.

Q: Where did you grow up?
Hilton, New York.

Q: What is your setup for writing music?
I wouldn’t say I have much of a set up for writing. Just a pen, paper and my iPhone to record the melody.

Q: How did you get started with Songwriting?
I started writing from a young age. Once I picked up the guitar around 11, that’s when the songs started. My father is a musician so I was always around music. I really loved listening to The Beatles and was very interested in how they structured their songs. I would listen to their albums over and over and would chart out their rhymes and patterns.

Q: What books are you currently reading?
I read about a book a week. I just finished re-reading Alice in Wonderland and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Q: What album are you currently listening to?
I have a few in rotation at the moment. Wasting Light - Foo Fighters, Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes, All Things Must Past - George Harrison and Tiger Suit - KT Tunstall.

Q: When it gets tough, how do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired by my daily life. I always have weird or odd things happen to me. I tell my parents “I think God does this to me on purpose so I can tell
a story”.

Q: As a Songwriter, what is your biggest challenge?
I would say my biggest challenge as a songwriter is defining what message I want to send out. As a songwriter, I’m writing about my experiences and how I feel in hopes people can relate to that. I’m careful to not tell people how they should feel or what they should do. That’s not my job, my job is to tell a story.

Q: What time of day do you prefer to write your music and where?
I usually have better luck writing at night. I don’t set out to only write at night but I think being relaxed and having a bit of silence helps me think. I am able to shut the rest of the day out and focus. I also write where I’m most comfortable.

Q: To date, what has been your favorite memory as a Songwriter?
My favorite memory is having young girls come up to me after shows or comment on my twitter asking me for advice for songwriting and singing. It’s very cool to think that if one person or one million people hear your song you can have an impact on them. That’s what it’s all about.

Q: How do you maintain your professional growth?
I maintain my professional growth by always being humble. There is always room for improvement. Constructive criticism good or bad is always going to be present if you’re performing. It’s always good to listen. At the end of the day whether someone thinks you’re great or terrible, it’s all opinion. I think that’s a huge part of it too in order to grow.

Q: What is your Songwriting process?
I usually always start with a verse and a melody and build from there. It’s rare for me to start with the chords and lay a melody over it. I’m not technical at all, I don’t worry about if whatever I’m doing is in the same key. If it sounds good, it’s good. My favorite song writing team of all time, Lennon and McCartney did everything by ear too.

Q: Who are your top three favorite artists or Songwriters?
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Shania Twain.

Q: What advice would you tell up and coming Songwriters?
My advice would be write as much as you can. Write about anything. Try different styles. Finding your genre niche is key. Don’t over think the song. If you can’t come up with a verse, it’s better to step away and wait then to force it. Also be yourself and have your own style.

Q: What are some of your accomplishments to date?
I have played tons of shows with many talented signed and unsigned artists. One of my songs is going to be in a film. I have become more adept on guitar and I have developed my own unique style. Also getting ready to release my EP is a great accomplishment. Every little step is an accomplishment.

Q: How do you think Frettie will benefit the Songwriting Community?
I think Frettie is a great tool for the songwriting community. Getting feedback on writing and having support on your craft and passion is huge. It also give us a chance to see what’s out there and be inspired.

Q: So what’s next for Emma Lane?
I will be releasing my EP in the summer, playing a great show in Boston, MA May 24th. I will also be playing more shows. This is just the beginning! And THANK YOU for asking me to be the showcased songwriter!

You can also find me on YouTube and Facebook.

Thank you Emma for taking the time to answer these questions. we appreciate all of your support and hope to see you soon on Frettie.


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