The songwriting skills of Paul Statham have translated into millions of worldwide music sales. From working with his own bands, B-Movie and Peach, to co-writing with Pete Murphy of Bauhaus, to penning million-selling tracks for Dido and Kylie, Paul has a wide and successful array of experience in crafting contemporary music.
Last month Paul joined us at BIMM Manchester to offer 30 minute slots in a ‘songwriting clinic’ to students who wanted to work on material of their own and benefit from guidance and advice from a genuine pro. The students performed their songs in front of Paul who offered instructive and critical feedback, giving them tips on strengthening their writing and getting the best out of their abilities.
Along the way Paul shared his own experiences and methods for songwriting and translated these into useful strategies for the budding BIMM songwriters. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“In the session, I played Paul one of my songs. He told me what he liked about the song and identified ‘holes’ within it and offered solutions and new ideas to improve. It was some great, honest and friendly advice.”
– Joe Mansergh, BA1 Songwriting
“I received lots of invaluable advice from Paul. In the session we looked at some of my songs and the different directions they could go in. It opened my mind to lots of new ideas.”
– Teddy White BA1 Songwriting
It was a real privilege for students to have individual attention from someone with such experience and success, and Paul enjoyed getting to work on their material too:
“It was a great opportunity to look at some of the young songwriters today and how they create music. It was interesting to how differently each individual works. It was a lot of fun. I am really interested to see how these students will take on my advice and develop their tracks, I would love to be able to come back and catch up with them!”
Thank you Paul, we think that could be arranged!