I discovered an interesting series on Netflix – „Song Exploder“. It documents the history of making various songs by well-known artists. It gives a private insight into the composing processes of the artists and their recordings in the studio. I was particularly inspired by the episode about Alicia Keys and her song „3 Hour Drive.“
I don’t want to get too much into detail, the series is well worth watching and can definitely provide some inspirational input here and there.
Alicia Keys collaborates here with her frequent studio partner Jimmy Napes and U.K. crooner Sampha. The simple realization from this for me was how much I miss songwriting together with other people. I can look for as many sources of inspiration and methods to give my own writing more drive, however, it can not replace the exchange with other band members. My own world of ideas is limited somewhere, which I can sometimes only overcome by the new impulses of the world of ideas of others. After finishing my research I definitely want to take some time to sit together with my fellow musicians and write some music.