New Empire’s Adelaide show tomorrow night! Tickets available at the door or from NewEmpireTour.com
A thought from Pete Gillies (management for artists, music and video):
To write is right.
Songwriters, please, for the sake of your listeners, keep honing your craft. Your craft (among other things) is in words, and the movement of a melody.
Treat each with care, and as much innovation that you can extend yourself to that day (plus a bit more).
Write words that entice the listener to think. It’s nice to have things handed to us on a platter sometimes, though in your songs, never let your listener be bored, and if possible, never let them know what word is coming next when on a first listen. Obvious lyrics, should be obviously a bad idea.
Our melodies take us on a journey, and they should take the listener there too. Be fruitful in your exploration of melody. Always try new things. Give it a go finishing on notes other than the tonic (one) and the dominant (five).
If you tend to write melodies with a small range, only jumping a step or two at a time, try a melody that feels all over the place, with leaps and bounds here and there. It might suck! But the point of the exercise would be to get yourself out of the small-range-rut.
And whatever you do, please encourage the input of other songwriters, and most certainly, at some stage, let a producer into the process before releasing your precious babies (songs) to the world.
I’ve been planning to abandon this page for months. Things just kept happening, Pete had his hooks in NE and in us for quite a while.
But it’s done, it’s “over”, Pete isn’t in New Empire anymore (he will always be a part of it, if you like to think).
So, I couldn’t bear to delete this precious blog, so it’s going to stick around, like a little archive for Pete’s days in NE. If you want to unfollow it, that’s all well and good. But it’s here for you, if you want to look. Enjoy the tags, remember that Pete played Warped, supported Good Charlotte and Simple Plan.
Think of those good things and think of all that’s Pete’s doing now. I think he’s in his element.
So all the best to you guys and all the best to Pete in his future endeavours.