There will come a point in your music career when you’ll co-write a song with someone else. If you don’t, you probably should. It can lead you to a lot of other opportunities and open up your fan base. It’s important to collaborate, especially as an indie musician. However, we get the working with other people, especially when writing can be a difficult thing. With all of that aside, here are a few things you should NOT say to your co-writer.
“That’s a stupid idea.” Really? Are you a superstar writer that you can tell someone that their idea is stupid. We can’t see this person wanting to write about rainbows and corn mazes. Never put down your co-writers ideas. You’re better off saying, “What if we try this?” or “I don’t think it fits in with this part of the song, let’s see what else we can come up with together.”
“What did you write so far?” Most artists that side to co-write together usually have something in mind when they come to the table. By asking to see what they have first, you are showing a lack of confidence in your work. You should try saying, “Do you want me to play you my part first or do you want to take the honor?” Give them the option. Otherwise you sound like you’re trying to copy their homework.
“Nothing is coming to me.” We get it. Writer’s block will hit the best of us, but don’t admit that to someone you’re working with. Their time is important too. Clear your mind for a second. Play the music and let your thoughts run. Ask them, “Where do you think we should take this?” Maybe it will spark some ideas in your creative head.
There is a lot that goes into writing a song, especially when more than one person is involved. You want to stay polite and professional during the session.