Multi-week No. 1 Hit Professional Singer/Songwriter, ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Nominee, with songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Montgomery Gentry, and many more. Certified Gold Record with Blake Shelton, "What I Wouldn't Give," fastest rising, most downloaded song of MG's career, "Roll With Me," and top 5 Most Played Song of the Year
Critiques, expertise, advice, knowledge and insight into the craft of commercial country music songwriting and the current landscape of songwriting/publishing on Music Row. Tommy is one of only a few dozen current professional songwriters on Music Row and in Country Music who have stayed active and at the top of their industry since the 90's. With over 20 years of professional commercial country music songwriting, writing with/for country music's biggest artists/songwriters, and under contract with Nashville's top publishers, Tommy gives critiques and songwriting lessons into the craft of writing for commercial country music and radio, as well as offering valuable insight and advice into navigating the world of publishers, publishing deals, networking, co-writing, demos, pitching songs.
Since 2001, Tommy has had songs recorded by and co-written with some of country music's biggest artists such as Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry, Randy Travis, Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Darius Rucker, and many more... He's had 6 publishing deals with 9 publishing companies such as Sony/ATV, Big Yellow Dog Music, HoriPro Music, among others. Tommy currently writes for Given Music Publishing.
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Interview with Tommy Karlas
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Writing for and with many major label artists as well as demoing and pitching songs directly to artists and labels
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Many people will over promise and exploit your desire to make your dreams come true. I'm only interested in giving you practical advice/guidance/critiques that will only add to your understanding and craft. I'm not in the slightest promising success, only genuine hard-earned practical wisdom and experience.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing my favorite country artists sing my song on the radio and in front of tens of thousands of people and hear them sing it back. By far, the best feeling in the world!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How can I get a publishing deal? How can I write better songs and with better songwriters? What do I need to get better at? How can I get my foot in the door? How do I pitch songs to artists?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Writing great songs is easy and success is just about who you know
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals and what are you looking to get out of this? You'll only want to go forward if you know you are getting it from me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for someone who has practical proven advice/critiques that is experienced and the credibility to back it up. Not opinion, but proven, useful information that will help you progress. Stay away from folks who only teach but can't do.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Taylor guitar and piano and four new sets of strings
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a professional songwriter for 20 years since the age of 19. Focus has always been on songwriting, production
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Contemporary commercial country radio with the craftsmanship of the 90's (which is quickly on the rise again)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Blake Shelton, who I have worked with and had songs recorded by; his songs and artistry fit closest to the type of songs I write
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Commercial Country and Country Radio
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Melody, phrasing, lyric, and execution of idea
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Craftsmanship, structure, proper use of repetition, phrasing, chord progression, lyric, melody, hook and idea
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 20 years of scheduled co-writes everyday with country music's top current talent
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Traditional Music Row songwriting studio and publishing house
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I was inspired by, taught and mentored by the craftsman of the 90's such as Dean Dillon, Skip Ewing, Tony Martin, as well as huge influences such as Garth Brooks, James Taylor, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Bill Withers
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A) Critique of songs and songwriting lessons teaching the craft of commercial country music; melody, lyric, phrasing, structure, production, idea/hook B) Advice/Insight on how to navigate the publishing/songwriting world; networking, co-writing, pitching songs, getting in the door with publishers, publishing deals