As a lyricist, I've produced my own seven-track album and two full singles that have been distributed to all major music platforms. I've also produced smaller works for side projects,. I write song lyrics constantly in my spare time.
I've been writing song lyrics for over a year. I'm especially fast at what I do, sometimes challenging myself to write a full set of fresh lyrics in under ten minutes. I've been a writer in one form or another for most of my life. In 2019, self-published two novels. From there I tried my hand in lyric writing, and I took off from there.
While I have not yet written many songs for other groups or solo artist, I've produced my own seven-track album titled "Nostalgia Wave", and I've produced two full singles as well. I work mainly with 80s-inspired pop/rock, though I also have a strength in writing folk lyrics.
I always stick to a rhyme scheme in my lyric-writing, which is where I specialize. If you're looking for a song with a solid rhyme scheme that sticks, I'm your guy. I'm also a sucker for ending on a double chorus.
Most songs that I write end up being longer than your average set of lyrics, clocking in at two to three pages on average. If you're looking for a shorter song, feel free to let me know.
If you'd like to get a feel for the kinds of songs I write, take a look at my Spotify page of my personal music. I look forward to working with you!
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Interview with Nathan Lathroum
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am especially proud of my album, "Nostalgia Wave", which I wrote all the lyrics for and produced myself. It's only seven tracks, but it's the biggest project I've worked on to date, taking just under four months to complete from start to finish.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I'm working on a rock single. The lyrics reached just over three pages, and I'm working with several people on it. It's a big collaboration project and I'm excited to keep working with it.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend anyone who's worked with NSP. Though I don't know them personally, their sound is incredible.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, just because it's easier!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will write them a great set of fresh new lyrics!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to collaborate with others to create music, and to hear the words I write out adjusted and performed in a song.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm usually asked how long I've been writing for, and when I answer just over a year, most people are impressed!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I don't like to do it! Lyric writing is fantastic, even when it's not for a job.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask what kind of song they're going for, if there are any themes or topics I should work with, and what general verse count they'd be looking for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: While I do try to have my lyrics flow nicely, how they ultimately sound in song form is up to you! Don't be afraid to experiment with different instrumentals or styles when figuring out the sound of the words.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, for one. If my notebook counted as gear, I'd take that too. A few pencils would probably set me up to five total, so there you go!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Back in 2019, I self-published my two fantasy novels, "King Between Worlds" and "Queen of the Seas". Soon after, I started my hand in writing folk-music to accompany the novels, and I found that I was pretty good at writing lyrics. I took off from there.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My lyrics definitely have strong influences from whatever genre I'm writing in. I almost always stick with a rhyme scheme throughout the entire lyric set, and as I mentioned before, I'm a sucker for ending songs on a double chorus.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with NSP on an original 80s-inspired album. Their sound is probably my favorite of any group, and their 80s covers are phenomenal.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When you hit writer's block, listen to some other music to clear your head. It works wonders.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually I work on pop/rock songs, though I've also worked with pop, rock, and folk. I hope to work with more rock songs in the future.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'd have to say lyric writing! I've only been doing it for a little over a year, but I've been told by many people that I'm already seriously good at it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Well certainly the lyrics, of course! That, and a (hopefully) catchy rhyme scheme that fits with the theme and style of the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't always write the lyrics in order, but I always space out how I want the verses to be ordered (i.e. verse one, verse two, chorus, verse three, etc.). The order can change depending on the song, of course, and sometimes I rearrange the lyrics closer to finishing if I feel they'd fit better in another way.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Ha! My studio setup is my laptop, and sometimes a notebook to jot down ideas. The great thing about it is that I can basically work from anywhere, which is definitely helpful when I hit that dreaded writer's block.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'd say that I'm definitely inspired by Stan Bush, Journey, Van Halen... definitely NSP as well, I'd say. While not everything I make sticks directly with their styles, the music they've made still inspires me to work on my own songs as well as lyrics for others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is lyric-writing. I always find a solid rhyme scheme to work with, which varies slightly from song to song, and start going from there. How the lyrics sound is ultimately up to the client, but I do my best to have the words flow nicely with each other and roll off the tongue better.