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International Songwriting Camp

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As final stems are aligned and mixes submitted, we wave goodbye to Tileyard Education’s first International Songwriting Camp. 

On September 5th an eclectic team of talented producers and songwriters spent 4 days responding to live song briefs in the tranquil mountains of Sant Agustí de Lluçanès, 2 hours north of Barcelona.

The team brought along a carefully coordinated selection of producer talent from Tileyard for the camp, including Jon Kelly (Kate Bush, Duffy, The Damned, Freddy Mercury), Tom Fuller (Dappy, Tom Walker, David Guetta Feat. Kelly Rowland), Jamie Duffin (Ashton Lane, Nikki Rogers, Little Eye) & Aron Levi (Jay Rock, Billy Blonde, NIKE, NFL). Producer Hannes Anderson also joined the camp, Hannes is a Producer based out in Sweden, and works closely with Tileyard Education’s friends at AP Academy.

Tileyard Education had the pleasure of welcoming in some incredible emerging talent, from a vast range of backgrounds and stages of development. Esther Durin, a singer-songwriter joined the team representing Tileyard Impact. Esther is from London and is one to watch out for, she is being mentored and supported by Wizdom Laine, Tileyard Impact’s Managing Director. The team also worked with Namiwa Jazz who is a singer-songwriter who defines herself as  ‘Afro-Twang, Nu Soul & R&B together’. Namiwa won a place on the course as a runner up through our Birmingham Music Awards partnership. Kileza is an indie-pop singer-songwriter based in Berlin. She won her place on the camp as the Vinyl Scratch Industry Showcase Season Two Winner.

The team were also joined by Pippa Cleary. Pippa is an established composer, lyricist and singer, who wrote the lyrics and music for the hit West End musical ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾’ that has just finished its run in London’s famous Ambassadors Theatre. Kaz Kuwamura, a hit songwriter from Japan also joined the camp. Kaz, who flew in from Tokyo for the camp, works with some of the biggest j-pop artists, one of his original songs has also won a ‘J-Melo Award’ on NHK World TV’s Breakthrough Artist Showcase. He’s also written with No.1 Billboard Japanese sales girl band, Keyakizaka46.

Kaz wrote to Tileyard after the camp:

“Obviously it was one of the most interesting, challenging, and greatest songwriting experience for me, in so many ways for a person from Asian countries like me.  I would never have had this kind of life-changing songwriting session/experience for me, without this huge but rewarding challenge.”

The camp was responsible for creating 20 unique pieces of music, which are currently undergoing pitching to labels and publishers. Look out for more news on the camp, and we’ll be ready to announce our next international camp in the next few weeks! Watch this space.

Photo credit: Elle Halley

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