Q: How long have you been a full time songwriter for?
A: I've been a full time songwriter for 6yrs. I started off as an artist in Miami and noticed that a lot of my songs were getting cut for other artists and I decided to go in that direction instead of continuing to be a recording artist.
Q: How would you say you've approached the industry a bit differently that's contributed to your success as a songwriter?
A: I've learned to use publishers as allies. I'm not looking for the traditional publishing deal where you sign and they own everything you do, it doesn't really make sense anymore. Sometimes I'll sign single songs to a publisher, but I've found that not having an overall publishing deal allows me to be more flexible and independent.
Q: In terms of making a living as a songwriter - I know the question of how to ask for (or if you should ask for) songwriting fees comes up a lot. How do you feel about songwriting fees?
A: I think you should always assess the situation, but always make sure that you know your own worth. There's no one answer, each situation is different. If there's a project budget, then its fair to ask to get a songwriting fee. Everyone is getting paid. The studio, engineer, producer. Other times, if you really like or believe in a project and think that it might open more doors for you, then maybe you decide to just do the session. But you should never feel bad about asking for a fee if people are getting paid.
Q: Do you have any advice for a new writer who has been invited to a writing camp for the first time?
A: Be very open to collaborating but don't be afraid to express your ideas. Go all out - write like you are writing by yourself. Have fun and enjoy the moment. It's also important to network and continue to make connections. Knowing how to work with other people is essential to being successful as a songwriter.