My conversation with Jay Joyce in American Songwriter magazine

My conversation with Jay Joyce in American Songwriter magazine

American Songwriter is running an excerpt from Music, Lyrics, and Life. This time, it’s my interview with Nashville super-producer Jay Joyce about how to embrace, and even create, beautiful mistakes. I was proud of this one: Jay Joyce and the Power of Mistakes By Mike Errico If there’s anything that’s gotten more powerful in the songwriter’s toolbox, it’s the ability to erase blemishes. Writers and singers—especially singers—hide flaws with ever-improving software, thinking the song will benefit from perfection because that’s what the listener wants. Jay Joyce has been fighting this songwriting tendency and pumping out perfectly imperfect songs for years. His studio, a converted church in East Nashville, was constructed specifically to catch what makes a song’s performance real, and in this way, he’s crafted hits for Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Orville Peck, Brandy Clark, Declan McKenna, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and a host of others. His philosophy—keep the mistakes—sounds retro, maybe even careless; and yet, Jay’s approach bypasses the sterility of modern songwriting, and creates music that is urgent, dangerous, and alive. It’s as if mistakes are the future of authentic art. Mike Errico: How do you get the best work out of writers and artists? Jay Joyce: I don’t have a vocal booth. People come in, and they’re like, “Where do I sing?” And I’m like, “Wherever you want.” I don’t have a control room—I never did like that. We don’t have to be, like, “Put your guitar down, come into the control room.” I can go on about the way studios are designed. It’s just stupid…. READ THE REST AT AMERICAN...
Free Workshop: The Power of Daily Journaling, with Mike Errico

Free Workshop: The Power of Daily Journaling, with Mike Errico

Saturday, June 18, 2022 12:00 PM EDT Reserve a spot here: https://totb.mykajabi.com/mikeerrico Preproduction is a big part of recording music, but on Saturday, June 18th we’re going to talk about preproduction for your ideas—setting up the regimen that yields so much nonsense, but all of the great stuff, too. In this class, we’ll talk about the power of daily journaling, how to get started, the forms it can take, and more. We’ll have time for a Q&A at the end, so come ready with all your songwriting questions! We’ll randomly pick one person to win a signed copy of Music, Lyrics, and Life (You must attend the live class to be eligible.) See you...
Mike Errico Tapped to Teach GRAMMY® Museum’s Inaugural NYC Songwriting Sessions

Mike Errico Tapped to Teach GRAMMY® Museum’s Inaugural NYC Songwriting Sessions

  Mike Errico Tapped to Teach GRAMMY® Museum’s Inaugural NYC Songwriting Sessions The GRAMMY® Summer Sessions are part of a series of programs in partnership with the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Summer Session will be taught by NYU lecturing professor Mike Errico and hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation. “I’ve been teaching for years at universities that, let’s face it, are very expensive. Access to a broad range of students has always weighed on me—it’s part of the reason I wrote my book, and it’s definitely why I’m so excited to teach these free sessions to up-and-coming high schoolers. See you there!”—Mike Errico SESSION #1: Tuesday, July 12 to Saturday, July 16, 2022 SESSION #2: Tuesday, July 19 to Saturday, July 23, 2022 TO APPLY, CLICK HERE The GRAMMY Museum’s Summer Session program is a FREE five-day non-residential songwriting workshop for students currently enrolled in High School. The program provides valuable resources to help build a solid foundation in songwriting. Additionally, instruction places a focus on skills that are beneficial in workforce development across many careers in, and out of music.This activity is part of a suite of education programs that take place throughout the year under the GRAMMY In The Schools umbrella. About Mike Errico: Mike Errico is a recording artist, author, and songwriting professor at Yale, the New School, and NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. In additions to his performing and teaching careers, Errico’s opinions and insights have appeared in publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and CNN....
So, what’s been going on? This.

So, what’s been going on? This.

I keep all this at the “about” section of the site, but thought I’d add it here, in case that click feels too far or exhausting. Here ya go. TV: Cameo on Billions (Showtime), January 31st http://errico.com/mike-on-billions-showtime/   Events: – Virginia Festival of the Book https://www.vabook.org/2022/03/14/music-lyrics-and-life-a-songwriting-workshop-with-mike-errico/ Andrea Stolpe Songwriting Retreat – April 13 https://www.andreastolpe.com/new-york-songwriting-retreat   Podcasts: – All of It with Alison Stewart on WNYC/NPR https://www.wnyc.org/story/mike-erricos-music-lyrics-and-life-field-guide-advancing-songwriter – New Books Network: Pop Culture Podcast https://open.spotify.com/episode/03DeCzdJMOLZsFt8EKLYYl?si=e7d97c22615f43c2 – The Profitable Musician with Bree Noble https://profitablemusician.com/how-to-succeed-in-the-business-of-songwriting-with-mike-errico – Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight https://newbooksnetwork.com/music-lyrics-and-life – Music Matters with Jason Tramm https://youtu.be/sxbFuYSAccE – The Musician’s Venture podcast https://musicians-venture.captivate.fm/episode/mike-errico-finding-the-flow-in-songwriting/ -Dan Hill’s EQ Spotlight https://open.spotify.com/episode/1FeN8IWjbnVqsi6Pa8dmfs?si=d43dae6ba56f4c7d – Entrepreneur magazine’s Get a Real Job with guest Emily White https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/is-spotify-friend-or-foe-to-musicians/id1495098982?i=1000552550866 – Break the Business with Ryan Kairalla (re-broadcast on Sirius ch.145) https://www.ryankairalla.com/btbpodcast/episode/90c9bb45/btb-ep-318-we-interview-mike-errico-about-his-new-book-on-songwriting – Hey Human with Susan Ruth https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-human-podcast/id1134101582?i=1000555097059 – Mindful Warrior with Kami Craig https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mike-errico-connecting-to-authenticity-and-play/id1591504595?i=1000551224246 – The Record Player: On Sparklehorse, with Jeff Ito and Matt Wardlaw https://www.buzzsprout.com/1868553/10039588-sparklehorse-vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot-1995 –The Writer Shed: How to Write a Song https://thewritershed.buzzsprout.com/ – The Record Player (excerpt) https://youtu.be/xFP9UjSAJZI – American Songwriter: The Zak Kuhn Show https://open.spotify.com/episode/4YqHvccd1oOj18bPaEBzFA?si=1beb0ffabeef4e63 – 80/20 podcast https://open.spotify.com/episode/2MUh5dtTfZqznx860vPipx?si=14172f0383dd4fdc – Entrepreneur magazine’s “Get a Real Job” podcast with Dan Bova https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/get-a-real-job/id1495098982?i=1000542071640 – Song Exploder podcast endorsement of Music, Lyrics, and Life https://www.instagram.com/p/CXoGQX6L0R_/ – Third Story Podcast with Leo Sidran http://www.third-story.com/listen/mikeerrico – Booked on Rock podcast with Eric Senich https://www.spreaker.com/user/discoveryeric/episode-40-mike-errico-music-lyrics-and- – StoreyTime podcast with Stephanie Storey https://youtu.be/zrq32tV1VVI – Write About Now podcast with Jonathan Small https://writeaboutnowmedia.com/podcast/2021/11/30/how-to-unlock-your-creativity – The Commentary podcast with Joseph Planta http://thecommentary.ca/ontheline/1979-mike-errico/   Features: – American Songwriter, “5 Gems from the A&R Department” https://americansongwriter.com/songwriter-u-five-gems-from-the-ar-department/ – Music Connection: “Artist to Artist: Write a Mission Song”...