I'm a pop songwriter, lyric writer, and topliner, but I can write in pretty much any genre. I'm a songwriting nerd who loves the technical aspects of songwriting, and I can't wait to work with you on your next project.
I take a very technical and interactive approach to songwriting. I like to learn as much as possible about the person I'm writing with or for, and make sure I understand what it is you want to get across. I see songwriting not just as an art, but also a science. I try to find melodies, lyrics, rhythms, and tones that will be pleasing to the human ear. I love the songwriting process and won't give up until I know we have the best song possible.
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Interview with Stuart Gelin
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll never let my ego or emotion get in the way. If I feel strongly that a line is really good and should stay as-is, I'll let you know, but I'm never going to force something on you. I'm never going to get defensive or upset if you want to change a line because I expect that. I hope that you feel comfortable enough to tell me what you really think.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I've always loved the idea that I can start with nothing but an idea and end with a fully formed song. In most professions, you have to start with something physical if you're trying to make something, but as a songwriter, you get to create something almost tangible, something you can feel, out of thin air. I just think that's cool.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to say what you want. Songwriting is a creating process and it's totally fine to go through a few ideas before you find the right one. If there's a line that's bugging you, please let me know, because the most important thing is to get to the song you're looking for in the end.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing songs since I was a kid. (I know it's cliche, but it's true.) Growing up I always thought I wanted to be a performer but my mom always said my true talent was in songwriting. I told her she was crazy, but during my time studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, I realized she was right. I fell in love with the work behind the scenes, writing a song from the perspective of someone else, and then watching it come to life.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Max Martin. I just think he's a genius.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I generally work on pop music, but throughout my career, I've worked with songwriters and artists of all genres and I'm pretty flexible. I've had some amazing experiences writing with people who generally write in other genres, especially those who wanted to stick with their normal style but with just a hint of pop.