“That day we got drunk and I offered to write a feat.”

Ivan Kurochkin from Electroforez tells in detail about his feature track with Lюci and gives a number of handy tips to have the best experience with co-writing.

“With Lюci we met in Kyiv, at a concert. Back then she worked with a producer with a nickname Bezhenets (Rus. refugee). And I wanted to make a track in Ukrainian language for a long time. Next day after the gig we went for a walk together, got drunk and I offered to write a feature song. 

As soon as we got back home to Saint Petersburg, I wrote Russian lyrics, Bezhenets wrote the music, I added a topline and sent it to Lюci to translate the lyrics to Ukrainian and to add some missing parts. That’s how we’ve got a demo. 

Next year when we went back to Ukraine for a concert, we recorded my vocals in Ukrainian under Lюci’s supervision.

Then sometime after we thought that our song should be released together with the video. We asked our friend to film our part in St. Petersburg’s quarters, while Lюci filmed her parts in Kyiv. We sent over our footage and the guys in Ukraine edited it and put the video together. Roughly, with Lюci and Bezhenets we met just two times: to record my vocals and the third time at our mutual gig in Ukraine.

The reason why we wanted to write a song with Ukrainian artists is that the subject of Russian – Ukrainian relations is very important to me personally. I think that the cultural aspect of our mutual relations should not get fractured just because of some political reasons. Even though these reasons are very serious and they’ve changed a lot of things and seem like, for a long time”. 

For those musicians who are planning to co-write songs Ivan advises to:

  • Literally make a decision on writing this particular song and store up some patience. 
  • Make sure both sides have a clear understanding of why they do it in order to stay motivated until the end. 
  • Don’t start working on a feature song if you see that the other artist is not as interested as you are – it won’t lead you to anything good.
  • Contact your labels before and let them know about your ideas. 

“Sometimes it happens that a label or a distributor won’t be happy with your idea for their own reasons. It can also happen that for you as for musicians the financial part is not a priority when for the labels this aspect is very important. That is why you must let your labels know about your planned collaboration

  •  Have at least a rough plan of the project you’re going to work on. There are a lot of online management platforms for this purpose such as Trello or Bridge24 that will help you to see where you are at the moment. 
  • Split the project in steps. For example, today you write the music and in three days you record vocals. 
  • Set strict deadlines for yourself and try to keep them.

“To me it looks like that many indie artists are not very much into mutual collaborations, otherwise they would not call themselves ‘indie artists’. For the reason that co-writing is rather a PR strategy that aimed to get more recognition for your band abroad and gain more listeners so there was not much need of it in the Indie genre. But I strongly believe that the present situation is on its way to flip this concept completely and make people change their vision on co-writing.”

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