20th March, 2019
Victoria Port, a songwriter, performer and workshop leader for Hertfordshire Music Service’s Songwriter project has over ten years of teaching experience and has worked with young people in schools, youth clubs and music centres. She believes wholeheartedly in a person-centred approach and appreciates that as individuals our talents must be nurtured in an individual way. After completing her music degree in Brighton, Victoria signed to Giles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. Her debut album ‘Broken Circuit’ was described by the Guardian as ‘a total hit, a glucose rush of a future club and chart smash’. Her music has also been championed by Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), Jamie Callum (BBC Radio 2), Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music) and Jamz Supernova (BBC 1xtra). Victoria’s music has been used for numerous British and American TV shows and for computer games such as Grand Theft Auto (Rockstar Games).
Here are Victoria’s top tips for Songwriting:
1. Don’t procrastinate! The only way to get better at doing something is to actually do it!! Set yourself aside time to be creative. Shut the door, turn off your phone and be in the moment.
2. Practice makes perfect! The more songs you write the better they will get. This sounds like an obvious one but it’s true! Set yourself a challenge and write one song a day for a week. Compare the song from day 1 and day 7.
3. Diversify your music collection! Explore artists or genres you’ve never listened to before. Ask your parents or teacher what their favourite song is. Find an interview from your favourite artist and listen to their influences. The broader your knowledge of music the more interesting and unique your songs will become.
4. Read, read and read some more! I always feel super inspired to write songs after reading a good book or some poetry. Not only will it help improve your vocabulary and the way you form your lyrics but it will also help with your ability to deliver an idea.