Collarts Students at Popakademie Songwriting Week in Germany

We’ve been getting some great dispatches from Killing Heidi’s Jesse Hooper (Head of Music Performance at Collarts) and the two students we’ve sent to Germany for the Popakademie Songwriting week, so we thought we’d share some with you all!

In case you missed it, Collarts has partnered with Popakademie Baden-Württemberg (University of Popular Music) in Mannheim, Germany, to send two of our many talented Music Performance students across to their International Songwriting Week — a project run by the Popakademie in partnership with EMI Music Publishing. Across the week, our students are writing songs in small teams and getting mentored by some amazing experienced international songwriters. The songs are also recorded and produced during the week before pitched to A&R representatives from different record labels.

Read on for the full lowdown on what Jesse and our two students, Maxine Fooks and Paul Dyason, have been getting up to so far!

First up, here’s the latest from our students Maxine and Paul:

The first half of the International Songwriting week has been a series of interesting experiences. From late nights working with the writers and producers at Popakademie to studio sessions with international artists, the three days has thrown us into challenges and triumphs alike. 

With one song written and tracked with artist Debrah Scarlett (Norway’s Eurovision entry in 2015 and The Voice contestant), we are now working on a song for New Zealander, turned Berliner — artist Graham Candy (pictured with us below). Contrasting writing briefs means there is never a dull moment and with the addition of a cultural education as well as a Twelve Foot Ninja show, Germany is delivering the goods and pretzels!

Love from Max and Paul xoxo

Graham Candy and collarts students at songwriting camp

Maxine and Paul in a writing session with Berlin-based New Zealand artist Graham Candy

Next, Jesse Hooper, aka #chillingheidi (apparently it’s been very cold over there), has been in touch with lots of exciting updates:

We couldn’t be happier that our students get the chance to work with chart-topping, ARIA winning and Grammy nominated legends like Herbie and Jesse — while writing songs for amazing international artists!
A special thankyou to Jesse, Maxine and Paul for sending through the updates and to everyone at Collarts who works tirelessly behind-the-scenes to create these opportunities for our students.

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