Author Archives: Dylan Moir

7 Rad Pedals That Will Inspire Your Songwriting

If you’re a songwriter and you can plug your instrument of choice into a 1/4″ jack, you can use pedals to color your songs with texture and elegance. Stomp boxes can aid you in creating sounds you just can’t make otherwise, thus inspiring unique moments that can add personality and dimension to your songs. Get started by checking out seven of our favorite pedals!

5 Emerging US Music Scenes You Didn’t Know About

Virtually everyone knows about the big U.S. music capitals: New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville, with Austin, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, and New Orleans trailing right behind. Those are the largest cities that produce some of the nation’s biggest acts in popular music. However, there are several lesser-known “flyover” cities that are becoming burgeoning music scenes in their own right.

The Songwriters Behind 11 of the Most Famous Holiday Songs

We hear the same handful of holiday songs on repeat around this time every year, but the vast majority of people have no idea how those popular tunes came to be. So, to celebrate the holidays – and learn a little songwriting trivia while you’re at it – we’ve hunted down who the songwriters behind these 11 famous songs are. You might be surprised by what you find out!

The Songwriting Processes of 6 Famous Songwriters

As we songwriters all know, there’s no “wrong” way to write a song. But have you ever wondered how your songwriting process compares to that of the most renowned songwriters of the last 50 years? Read on to find out how Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and more take songs from a spark of an idea to a full-blown work of art. Perhaps you’ll get inspired by one of their methods and try out a new approach to songwriting!

6 Topics to Write Songs About Other Than Love

If you want to really expand the depth and breadth of your songwriting, it’s important to challenge yourself and write about something different (read: not love) every now and then. But where do you start? And, more importantly, how can you make it actually work as an interesting, relatable song that will move your listeners?

Home Studio Essentials for Songwriters on a Tight Budget

So you’ve written a great song and you want to record it, but you don’t have access to any fancy studio equipment. While technology makes solving this problem easier than ever, the decision-making process can still be extremely overwhelming. In this article, I’ll walk you through the essentials of creating a simple home studio setup for guitar (acoustic and electric) and vocals on a $900 budget.