2021 Songwriting Competition
WELCOME to our 6th annual songwriting competition, online again this year due to Covid-19.
Local artist and musician Ed Boxall knows all about the talent in Hastings, but Andy Fyfe is new to the area and couldn’t believe how much talent is around.
“Oh man this is difficult. I’m genuinely astonished by the quality of the entries and it’s been a very hard decision to make. So difficult, in fact, that I’ve roped in anyone I can over the past week and made them all listen and offer their opinions. In the end we found a majority on the eventual winner.”
Drum Roll Please!
Butterflies by Twinkle Ansar
“Butterflies is a beautifully delicate song, dipping and soaring like the insects themselves.” Andy Fyfe
Drum Roll Please!
Devil’s Land by Jade Wunche
“I love this story song! Such a quirky and original composition and performance must be rewarded! It’s a great achievement to put a whole story into a song like this and communicate it so clearly. The voices, sound and production is really effective. Unique.” Ed Boxall
DRUM ROLL PLEASE
with 170 votes each are:
Runner Up Weeping Willow by Marina Rolfe
A Song for Nature
Widowed penguins comfort each other © Tobias Baumgaertner
The theme for this year is Nature.
- nature as shared space with the environment and wildlife
- nature as force
- the nature of things
We encourage you to regularly spend 10 minutes in nature, listening and observing to provide inspiration for your song. Nature can be your back garden, the local park or wildlife area, seafront, a wood or a row of trees on a street etc. Make sure to take a suitable adult with you for safety.
Things to consider are:
colours – texture – lines – movement – weather – sounds – effects – light – emotions – thoughts – responses
Courses & Support
Hairy Ghost Piperfish © John Magee
Each category winner will have the opportunity to professionally record their song.
Runner Up Prize
The runner up in each category can choose from the following options:
£20 Voucher for Musics Not Dead record store at De La Warr Pavillion.
£20 Voucher for Wow and Flutter record and art store in Hastings
£20 Voucher for B&T Music shop in Hastings
Family ticket (1xadult/2xunder 16’s) to Kew Gardens
- This competition is open to young people living in Hastings.
- Where a school class submits a song, the school must be situated in Hastings, or have a significant number of pupils in the class from Hastings.
- If entering as a band, over 50% of members must be from Hastings.
- Collaboration buddies need to be in same age bracket entered.
- Songs need to be written for the competition and not promoted elsewhere.
- We cannot accept songs with explicit content (swearing, sex, drug promotion). If they are deemed unsuitable you will be given the opportunity to remove relevant sections.
Most songs are composed of
- chord structure
The emphasis you give will create your style of song. For instance
- Singer/songwriter – vocals and a single instrument often take centre stage
- Acapella – purely vocals
- Hip hop – vocals and beat are stronger
- Jazz – the instruments are the focus
- Rock’n’Roll – guitar and drums rule
- Folk – the lyrics and story take precedent
- Electronic music – the beat is best, with melody coming from chords or vocals
We encourage collaborative songwriting.
With nature as the theme this year, you may want to record and blend authentic sounds into your song!
Thank you so much to all our sponsors.
The Foreshore Trust
The aim of using the theme nature is to:
- improve visual awareness, observation and listening skills through nature
- engage fully in our environment and to draw on it for inspiration
- increase a sense of connectedness and wellbeing
- to increase complex thinking through a multi-faceted theme
- to allow access to science through the arts
- engage in local history through the life of Marianne North