Student: How often do you look for hooks? Brian: Every melody should have hooks. Every section should stand on its own.
Student: What is a fair split between music/melody and lyrics? Brian: As a general rule melody and lyric are 50/50. But, really, there is no general rule.
Student: If you write an entire song, and you’re happy with it, do you still share it with people for feedback? Brian: Absolutely. You never know what they may be able to add to your song
Student: What boundaries need to be in place when songwriting with the opposite sex? Brian: Doors should be open. Don’t write late at night, especially one on one
Student: What do you do when you feel like a song is pretty good, but not the best it could be, and you’re not sure what to change? Brian: Try it out. Sing it for someone else, see how it goes. Sometimes the pretty good songs turn into the amazing songs. Over time, you fall in love with the song just as it is.