The Pitch I’m a creative and prolific lyricist with over 1200 lyrics I my catalogue. I’ve written lyrics on almost every topic and in a way that can be applied to almost every genre.
My descriptive, story telling country roots took over when I was learning the craft of song writing twenty years ago. Those imagery laden writers do it so much better. They say, if you write country lyrics and follow those rules, you can put that lyric to any genre of music. So I decided to learn lyric writing using all the Nashville rules and building blocks.
I always try to finish any lyric I start. That way, I have a completed idea with hook, a start, middle an end, a chorus and if required, a bridge. Sometimes I’m asked if I have a song on a particular topic, If I’ve written about that topic, I can revisit it and see how it can be updated, amended or sometimes even started again! Maur Byrne Music now has over 1200 completed lyrics in the catalogue with hundreds more ideas bubbling away.
I have also collaborated with numerous other writers in Europe and the USA. I recently worked with lots of Irish writers, two Swiss writers, a Canadian, three Americans and a Russian! I have also written tracks for independent movies. I made submissions to a number of TV series and documentaries and have had opportunities to write songs for a number of charities and movements throughout the USA and Europe.
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Interview with Maur Byrne
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I co-wrote a song with Californiam songwriter Denis Loiseau for California's branch of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to highlight their work and to help with a volunteer recruitment drive.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A five act musical play called Cleanerz with eleven stage type songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet... but let me come back to you on that.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital.... Its always ends up in a digital format sooner or later.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will craft their idea as well as I possibly can in the hope that you come back to me when you have your next idea.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Its my passion. I get to work at what I am passionate about. I'm a really lucky guy!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most commonly asked question - "I want a song that's going to be a guaranteed hit." My answer... Do you know a guy had a worldwide hit with just two words in it. "Barbara Streisand" and he still gets a songwriter credit for it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People like to sing theitr favourite song, many of them know why it 'speaks' to them.... Very few take the time to find out why the song was written!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When you bring an idea.. I will want to know the back story to the idea. The Who why when where and what started it all.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Pick up the phone. Songs don't write themselves!!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, Mandolin my AER acoustic amp My Mac and my Baggs DI box! Hopefully I can find a plug to run it all!!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing music since I was a teen. I messed areoun in a few bands in the Dublin scene and then life took over for a few years but I have been writing lyrics for about twenty years and have over 1200 songs and lyrics in my catalogue. I hope to hitch a ride with a great band and see how many of my lyrics ai can get cut with them!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My favourite would be edgy country in the Red Dirt style...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Darryl Hall because he is the master of that Philly sound that I love so much!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure the number of syllables in the lyric matches the number of notes in the line.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually... its between Country, folk and folk-rock. But as I mentioned, I have literally worked in every genre from jazz to musicals and back. Lyricists get to do that!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can bring ideas to the table every time. If something isn't working I can always drop back to another angle to make something work as well as I can make it
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Depth... I always try to add that layer of fairy dust to make the lyric stand out. Be that through metaphor, hook or imagery.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start with the idea, then the BPM and after that I'll help you slot the jigsaw together!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have Logic Pro a great Baggs DI some Zoom Acoustic effects pedals few great acoustics an old Fender Strat and a Yamaha Clavinova electric piano
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by great writers who are able to use metaphor, storytelling and style to a lyric. Masters like Radney Foster and Walt Wilkins come to mind immediately
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly help with lyric editing. Most people come to me with the bones of a song they are tryoing to finish. I pull it apart and put form, structure and polish to it.