Brian Blickenstaff

Lyric writing and toplining

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I am a full-time writer and I will work with you to write killer lyrics and vocal melodies.

Over 20 years of experience writing songs in the folk/rock/indie space and 10+ years as a full-time professional writer. I grew up in California but now live in Germany. (Ich spreche Deutsch!) I can help you create killer lyrics based on a theme of your choosing.

What I offer:

-Help refining your existing lyrics. I will take a 6 and make it a 10.
-Bespoke lyrics for a vocal melody that you have already written.
-A top line (vocal melody) and lyrics for your song. I will also provide a vocal guide so you know how to sing it.

Please contact me before purchasing so we can be sure I am the right person for you!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Brian Blickenstaff

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: I have been writing songs for myself since high school and gigged around a lot in college as a singer-songwriter. Alongside my career in journalism I began writing lyrics for other people.

  3. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  4. A: Mostly indie rock and folk/Americana stuff. But I have a wide range.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: I am a writer in addition to being a songwriter. I work with words all day every day. I play music too, but my superpower is writing.

  7. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  8. A: I bring the story

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: I talk to the client and arrive on a specific theme/emotion and talk about the characters in the song. These could be real people (like the artist) or fictional people. And form there I work on a lyrical idea and bring it to the client for feedback.

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: I love good lyrics. In the rock/folk space I'm thinking of Paul Simon, Fruit Bats, Fleetwood Mac, Ezra Ferrman, Big Thief. But I also love 90s hiphop: Naz, Notorious BIG, Nas, Mos Def, etc.

  13. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  14. A: I am from California but live in Europe and help European writers write great lyrics in English.

A Kind of California Hippy New Age Zen Buddhist

I was the Guitarist, Singer, Writer, Mix Engineer and producer in this production

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