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Title: A question about the songwriting
Post by: BlobVanDam on February 29, 2008, 09:51:04 AM
Charlie, how much of the songwriting do you do? Obviously you are a capable songwriter since you wrote all of O3 part 1 yourself, but now that it's a whole band, how much do you do? I know you write all the lyrics, I assume you write all the vocal melodies too? What about the rest of the music now? Do you write any riffs or come up with chord progressions and time sig changes? Either way, I know you do a lot more than a lot of other vocalists do in a band  ;) :)


Title: Re: A question about the songwriting
Post by: charliedominici on February 29, 2008, 10:07:09 AM
Charlie, how much of the songwriting do you do? Obviously you are a capable songwriter since you wrote all of O3 part 1 yourself, but now that it's a whole band, how much do you do? I know you write all the lyrics, I assume you write all the vocal melodies too? What about the rest of the music now? Do you write any riffs or come up with chord progressions and time sig changes? Either way, I know you do a lot more than a lot of other vocalists do in a band  ;) :)
Actually I get involved in the music part as much as I can. I sometimes have a basic musical idea(as was the case with School of Pain) and then we work on it together. Lately,though this last album I dug my grubby little fingers in pretty deeply. I must say,however,My input is generally more in the form a "adding" little parts and "direction" while we write. Brian is the master mind riff monster! He comes up with an amazing riff, and I try to ride him like a wild horse when we write the rest of the song. This time around our Bassist, eRik jumped on and held on tight enough to get a number of great ideas into 4 of the songs.In fact,The whole verse and chorus of "Liquid Lightning " was written by Rik before we all worked on it some more to make the final product. Same with song #7 That infectious riff and groove behind the first verse was all rik's idea.These guys are very creative and I never had so much fun writing with other people before. I would love to take the credit for the writing this stuff,but the truth is I am a co-writer who is lucky to have the chance to work with some very talented and great writers. Believe me when I tell you. I think Brian Maillard is a very,very talented and creative guitarist and writer. Yan has his own writing strong points.He can arrange an entire orchestra and he composed the entire intro to "King of Terror" himself after I merely told him what I wanted to hear. I believe there was also a lot of input on that one from Rik,because he does a lot of the same kind of thing. Writing is always a challenge and this album was one of the most challenging I personally have ever done.


Title: Re: A question about the songwriting
Post by: charliedominici on February 29, 2008, 11:27:24 AM
This is actually a complicated subject so I want to be clear on it. Sometimes it's Yan and Brian that write a whole passage together,even sometimes pretty much an entire song. My input on the writing varies from song to song. There were 2 songs on this new album that Yan and Brian had almost complete before I arrived and we re-worked them together. I usually write the melodies myself though,which is probably why they suck! :o

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Title: Re: A question about the songwriting
Post by: charliedominici on February 29, 2008, 12:53:50 PM
Also, there is a difference between "composing" and "writing". Many times the guys write a verse or chorus and I do what I would call "compose" in the sense that I may make subtle changes that make it fit better or make it a little more progressive. There are times when I'm getting an idea where I want the song to go lyrically so I will push for a part to be inserted, as was the case in "Genesis" when I sing the parts where the captive detective is having a back and forth conversation with the "Creators".When Brian was on a rampage with his guitar coming up with these monster riffs,I would interrupt and say "repeat that part here, and again here" and that kind of thing. To me that is more what I would call the difference between composing music and writing music. To say that I write the music would imply that I chart out the incredible arpeggios that brian plays and then he plays it note for note. Yea right! I wish I was that kind of genius but,no.It was that way with DT in the days of WDADU. A lot of the material was lingering around with the band for years before I joined. When we worked on the stuff together, I would add parts,change parts and let me tell you-with DT if you expect them to use your ideas they better be damn good ones. I'm pretty proud of the fact that they let me write with them back then. Anyway, this is a great subject and a question I was hoping someone would ask. I'm sure there are more posts ahead for me to make what I'm saying more clear for most of you. Writing,Composing,arranging,producing all have very fine lines that differentiate them from each other. Sometimes the lines get blurred and that's when people can have a misunderstanding about who gets credit for what. That happened to me many times in the past with many co-writers I have worked with. I actually had to argue with one band(who's name I won't mention here) that my writing of the melodies was a reason for getting writer's credit. I mean,c'mon when people walk down the street whistling a tune, do they whistle the drum parts? I think the melody is a big part of a song and if you write a good melody,you are writing. Anyway, that's enough blah,blah,blah for now.
Thanks for asking!
CD


Title: Re: A question about the songwriting
Post by: BlobVanDam on February 29, 2008, 11:19:28 PM
Thanks for the detailed answer  :)