West Coast Songwriters Conference
Saturday September 10, 2022 (Kickoff Friday Sept 9)
CAÑADA COLLEGE in Redwood City, CA
Kenny Schick Workshop – The Evolution of a Song 4:45-5:45
Kenny Schick Song Screening 1-2pm
The Evolution of a Song – this year’s workshop will take the participants from demos to masters. Kenny will talk about how a song is built and what to think about as you are creating. These workshops are always popular because they are filled with so much information. There is time to ask questions and importantly Kenny makes them fun.
The 2022 Conference is WCS’s 42nd Anniversary and the longest running continuous music conference of its kind in the country. This event and all others (15+ per month) are run by volunteers and have been for 40 years and on a shoestring budget. You will get a chance to meet fellow musicians and industry leaders volunteering their time to mentor in the full day of seminars, workshops, and mentoring sessions in an intimate setting.
Conference participants are provided the rare opportunity to:
- participate in one-on-one consultations with industry leaders at the top of their game,
- develop networking opportunities and meet collaborators,
- attend songwriting seminars and legal workshops
- learn about the latest industry standards
- participate in voice coaching, sound quality & stage presence instruction,
- review their lyrics with professional songwriters,
- present their songs to industry professionals for feedback
- perform at showcases.
WCS 2022 CONFERENCE – YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP!
West Coast Songwriters is announcing a Youth Scholarship for it’s upcoming Annual Conference Saturday September 10, 2022. The Youth Scholarship will be for 22yrs and under. Applicants must submit the form LINK below along with a an essay (250 words or less) on what they would hope to get out of attending the Conference and links to their music – website, youtube, soundcloud, etc. The application PDF should be sent to [email protected]
If you are unable to submit the application electronically you may mail a hard copy plus CD to West Coast Songwriters 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 600, Redwood City, CA 94065. Winners under 18yrs must have signed permission and release form signed by parent or guardian to participate.
The Fixer – the EPIC rock sound & Video!
The Fixer is a bit different than songs I’ve been making over the last 15 years or so.
The Fixer is a dynamic and well performed piece of songwriting. The arrangement is compelling building up and down. The instrumentals are fantastic. Solid performances and excellent musicianship. I dig the energy and appreciate the musicianship! Music On The Moon
Though some of my songs always tend toward the longer side, not too many stretch to the 7 1/2 minute mark.
I’m a fan of big crunchy guitar sounds, but it’s not a texture I use too often as the main ‘sound’ of a song. I’ve been in bands in the past that have certainly centered around this type of sound.
Fun track. I like the quality of the production, the drums sound punchy and it feels textured and intricate with the variety of percussive elements and well placed guitar melodies. The flow of the chorus is pretty amazing though, instrumentals are well synced and vocals sound more convincing there. Had a great time listening… Bregt C Alpas Records
An Instrumental Germ
This song sprang out of an instrumental germ really. Originally, the whole song was just the minute plus intro as an instrumental piece written for a tv placement. However, I wanted to hear more of the story it was trying to tell. It has a Tool vibe – that crunchy dark sound flavored with world music elements. So I started to build on the piece like the Winchester Mystery house. It had no lyrics at first, but I built it more into a song form and figured it would start to inspire some lyric writing.
I like the tension and dynamics of the guitars a lot, they create movement and keep your record interesting. Drums have a nice groove and cut really well trough your mix. I like the lyrics of the vocal a lot… TC21
The idea for the lyrics started to come while we were watching the TV series Ray Donovan: it just struck me how weird it is that there are people who get paid by wealthy famous people to ‘handle’ their sometimes enormous indiscretions & crimes. It’s curious to me that people could find the mindset and skillset to lead them to this ‘profession’. Spending my life in solitude mostly, working alone in my studio. I no longer get into any of the intense, dramatic overly-emotional situations of my younger days (lol). I find it useful to take on characters and become a musical ‘actor’ for song inspiration now.
A very interesting production here, with a nice melodic structure. The sound is beautifully constructed… Alfitude
B3PMusic Featured Artist
Richard Adoradio – Most of Time
Written & Performed by Richard Adoradio
Produced, All instrumentation performed, Mixed & Mastered by Kenny Schick
Background Vocals by Sabine Heusler-Schick
Artwork – Vinyl Cover by Sabine Heusler-Schick
Video by Jessica Fong (Adapted Creations – adaptedcreations.com )
Steal This Dance
by Kenny Schick
Steal This Dance – Written, Performed (Vocals, ALL Instruments), Produced, Orchestrated, Mixed & Mastered by Kenny Schick.
Video was made by Jessica Fong ADAPTED CREATIONS.
Artwork & Backing Vocals by Sabine Heusler-Schick BASEMENT3DESIGN