Artist to Artist Critiques (37)
Submit your song and I will provide you a professional critique, offering constructive criticism about how to improve your potential masterpiece. Each critique will be approx. 1,000 words.
As a senior contributing editor, columnist, video/event host and single reviews critic at Keyboard magazine for 16 years (as well as Guitar Player, Bass Player, Musician, Gig and The Huffington Post) I have reviewed music in every genre, from country, pop, rock and hip-hop to smooth jazz, dance, ambient, AC and soul. I'm also a professional teacher of music and chord theory and have deep insight into what makes songs work and what doesn't. As a songwriter, performer and session musician, I have deep experience in song craft and can help on many levels, from chord/song structure to lyrics, melody and production.
Over my career, I've interviewed hundreds of major artists and have toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists such as Nick Lachey, Everclear and Lisa Marie Presley.
You will kindly submit a high-quality version of the song you would like critiqued (studio versions preferred over live) along with lyrics and band/artist bio. I will provide a constructive review focusing on the vocal, lyric, arrangement, instrumentation and whatever other particulars you ask me to listen for.
This dropbox is for artists who are seeking production advice on their music or music/sound based productions. Using our experience we aim to help artists get their tracks ready for self release or for submission to labels or publishing companies.
The submission price includes feedback on tracks and we will answer specific questions based on our knowledge and experience.
Get your mix ready for release!
As part of this service we would listen to the tracks in an acoustically treated control room and check overall mix/master levels, balance and phase check as well as listening in mono/stereo through various monitoring systems. This would be the first stage, then we could give feedback based on specific questions and offer our critique on the mix and arrangement from an engineer/producer perspective.
We look forward to hearing from you!
I have many decades of experience in developing one's original voice. Both as an artist and as a coach to musicians and artists. In addition to 11 solo recordings I've worked with King Crimson, David Sylvian, Vernon Reid, Brian Eno, TOOL, Steven Wilson and Puscifer.
I can listen to your music through, both, your ears (to hear if you are reaching your musical aims) and my ears (to hear how the piece matches up with my experience as a player/producer.) I will give advice, opinions, critiques, commentaries, articulations and 'the works' about where you are heading.
Additionally I run my own record label (7d Media) and am a fully independent musician (recording, performing/touring, producing, licensing, composing and more.) All of my experience and advice is available to you.
Adam Levy has coached dozens of songwriting students—including undergraduates from the New School and graduate students at NYU. He has numerous original songs and co-writes to his credit—many of which have been recorded by established and indie artists. With his knack for musical and lyrical flow, he can offer insights to help you take your own songcraft to the next level.
Submit your song to Eliot he will provide you with a professional critique to help take it to the next level. Whether it is tips on lyrics, arrangement or melody, he will give it several listens and offer constructive criticism on what can be done to make the best song possible. As lead vocalist and song writer for international pop group, Blessid Union of Souls, Eliot has an impressive track record of hit songs and a knack for hearing memorable melodies to catch the ear of music executives and fans alike. He has worked with artists of several genres including pop/rock, AC, country and R&B so submit your MP3 and let him help steer you in the right direction for your song.
All songs will be reviewed confidentiality and will receive a personal, detailed critique based on Emotional Impact (Lyrics - Impact of words, phrasing & clarity of content); (Title Review - Ability to attract listener & pertinence to the song); Technical Evaluation (Structure - Compostion, Elements & Arrangement); (Writing Mechanics - Grammar quality & Rhyme structure) and last but not least Marketability!
Reggie Calloway is eager to offer you his ear, taste, and professional criteria to make your music better, more adapted to what the industry is currently seeking, and general songwriting advice.
Additionally, and based on the questions you ask in the submission message space, Reggie will answer specific questions about your career path and strategy.
The five time Grammy-nominated Reggie Calloway has always displayed a unique ear for music and trends. It is no surprise that the music pioneer received a Grammy nomination for R&B Songwriter of the Year for the hit song “Casanova” in 1987.
Best known as the founder and leader of one of the most popular Techno-funk bands, Midnight Star, Calloway led the group to international success by writing, producing and arranging a string of top mega #1 hits including, “Operator,” “No Parking On The Dance Floor,” “I Wanna Be Rich” and “Freak-a-zoid.”
One of Calloway’s original compositions entitled, “I’ll Be Good For You,” was featured on N’Sync’s multi-platinum CD, No Strings Attached (highest selling album of the last decade). He has also penned songs for the chart-topping group Levert (“Casanova”), the sultry Teddy Pendergrass (“Joy”), Grammy-winning Gladys Knight (“Love Overboard”) and “Jump Start My Love” for Natalie Cole.
HD Music Now has teamed up with Multi-Platinum Producer/Songwriter Jonathan Perkins to provide artists, producers & songwriters with a professional critique to help take your song and/or master to the next level.
Please make note of what particular elements you would like Jon to focus on in his critique (lyrics, arrangement, instrumentation, production, composition, melody).
Jonathan Perkins is a Multi-Platinum songwriter/producer and an Emmy Award-winning composer. He is currently signed to a publishing deal with Reach Music Publishing and Orange Factory Music, the production team behind worldwide phenomenon Jay Sean. He was a writer on Jay Sean's smash sensation "Down" featuring Lil Wayne, which went 6x Platinum internationally, reaching no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009, as well as on Jay Sean’s single “Do You Remember” featuring Sean Paul & Lil Jon, which went Platinum and reached the Billboard Top 10. Gold records include Jay Sean's "2012" featuring Nicki Minaj, and the album “BTR” by Nickelodeon teen sensation Big Time Rush.
His other placements have included Frankie J, Cody Simpson, and Cover Drive among others. One of his most recent records with Australian superstar Jessica Mauboy has achieved gold status in Australia, a collaboration with Pitbull entitled “Kick Up Your Heels”, released October 2013 on Jessica’s album, “Beautiful”.
Jonathan also has extensive experience in scoring and orchestration. He won an Emmy in New York in 2010 in the Outstanding Program/Special in the Business/Consumer category for composing the score for a 2009 documentary by The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times entitled "Doing Business in China.” Jonathan’s music can also be heard on MTV'S "Room Raiders," "Teen Cribs," channels VH1, BET, The Hub, and others. In addition, his arranging and scoring talents have led him to work with Bad Boy Entertainment, Richard Horowitz (composer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Any Given Sunday’), the Nashville String Machine, and Iranian singer/composer/activist Sussan Deyhim, to name a few."
While I am always on the lookout for talented songwriters, producers, and artists, perhaps you're not seeking to necessarily work with me but you would like my professional feedback and critique on your songwriting and/or producing. I'm always thrilled to offer insights and tips/tricks to people who are emerging as tomorrow's top talent. I have to keep the price tag on this one a little high if only to not be overwhelmed but as long as I can keep up I'm happy to engage.
Bryan Michael Cox
Please submit your songs for an unbiased critique. I am Eddie Caldwell Founder and CEO for Music Of The Sea, music publishing and licensing company based out of Chicago. I work on a daily basis with television networks, record labels, publishers, advertising agencies, film production companies, directors, and music supervisors. We place songs on a weekly basis.
I have deals with CBS Television, Omnicom, Bunim Murray, Getty images, Universal, Music World Entertainment, Microsoft, etc.
We also have personal relationships with A&R people from Warner Bros, Universal, Def Jam, Interscope, Atlantic, EMI, etc. We also have personal relationships with the top Music Supervisors in the world. Weinstein Co, Dimension Films, Viacom,etc.
I'll critique your song and let you know whether your song needs more work, whether it's great for source music, feature music, advertising, retail, whether it needs more punch, how it feels sonically, would be great for another artist to sing, etc. Many times a song may not be a hit commercially, but it could be a hit for films, TV, advertising, etc.
I'll provide critique for all genres. Pop, Rap, R&B, Soul, Neo Soul, Country, Ambient, Classical, Rock, EDM, House, Lounge/Chillout, Dubstep, Adult Contemporary, Jazz, World, Latin, etc.
There may even be an opportunity for me to work your songs with my company Music Of The Sea.
Think you have what it takes to be a top notch remixer in the music biz, Mike Rizzo is part of over 50 #1 Billboard Dance Artists. Let's have a listen
I'm a staff composer at a number Music Libraries with 1000+ TV and film placements and a top ASCAP earner. Effective instrumental mood pieces for TV are a specialized form of writing. Let me help you to hone your craft to become a more effective composer whose music sits well with dialogue and works in the most universal way possible.
If you'd like a detailed message on your music, I'd be more than happy to offer my professional opinion!
Angelica Nicole has worked with the Jackie Boyz, Jake Miller, Andre Merritt, Jah Cure, Austin and Ally Disney Star, Laura Marano and was a contestant on American Idol XVI. Currently working projects for Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. She has also done demos for artists like Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
- Angelica Nicole - Singer/Songwriter
Bobby Boyd, award winning writer for Garth Brooks, George Strait, Patty Loveless, George Jones and many more, will personally critique your song.
A few of Bobby’s awards include:
NSAI - Nashville Songwriters Association International Award
BMI - Citation of Achievement Award
BMI - Special Citation of Achievement Award and the W. C. HANDY AWARD for BLUES SONG OF THE YEAR
Let me help you to focus on finding the essence of your song to bring out the intention and power of your songwriting. I am recently Emmy-nominated and am a top ASCAP earner with thousands of placements in film and TV.
David Tobocman is a record producer and arranger with 25 years experience working with a wide range of artists from Cher to LL Cool J. Specializing in arrangements and songcraft, David is currently focusing on working with up and coming singer-songwriters
Key song writing elements will be covered, arrangement, composition, lyrics, musicality, as well as production values such as the mix/mastering, frequencies and stylistic awareness. Constructive criticism will be aimed at the songs synch potential for Film, TV, Advertising and Gaming.
Mark Garfield has co-written songs with Cream's lyrics Pete Brown and Co-produced records with legendary producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin…) As a drummer toured the world and played major festivals such as Glastonbury not once but twice!
All feedback will have comprehensive detail which comes with an honest and professional insight to your song - WARNING which at times might be brutal!
I look forward to hearing your song!
Everybody’s a critic. Some have credibility, credits and qualifications.
As a songwriter, producer, arranger and player I am on about 100 Million records.
As an educator, I have been a resident lecturer at Berklee; established and founded the Songwriting Department at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto Canada; served on the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Association of Canada and chaired the Education Committee; Lectured at UCLA; conducted seminars for the Australian Performing Rights Society APRA; NSIA in Nashville; The Guild of Songwriters in Denmark and conducted seminars and workshops in every major city in Canada.
Quote from Ralph Murphy, VP ASCAP Nashville:
"A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to be paired with a wonderful melody man who was also a great teacher, John Capek. The Songwriters Association of Canada sent us out on a multicity teaching trip. In watching his approach to craft, I got a sense of how to verbalize what a composer expects from a lyricist..."
Quote from Bonnie Raitt:
I've been a fan of John's music for many years. He's one of the deepest, most talented and soulful writers I know and I find myself listening to his albums for inspiration and pleasure all the time." - Bonnie Raitt
When I critique your song, it is an in-depth educated analysis based on real world concepts. The real world might even be described by the fact that even though I might “really really really” like your song, if you don’t have Tom Hanks lip-syncing it in a video, you might be out of luck.
Beyond that, production values matter. With today’s technology, we don’t just write the song, we write the record.
My objective is to help you create a timeless, iconic accessible anthemic hit song that will be relevant one, two or more generations from now. I want songs to matter.
I believe that great songwriting is the only thing that can save our music culture and our industry. Anthemic songs mark our life journey.
I will help you move forward in your musical journey.
- John Capek
Submit your song to my Dropbox and I will provide you with a professional critique (min. 200 words) including (but not limited to) advice, suggestions, comments, etc.
I have performed alongside acts including Skrillex, Travie McCoy, Neon Trees, Katy Perry, Hanson, All Time Low, The Hush Sound, The Vans Warped Tour, and many more. As an artist, I have earned endorsements from SJC Drums, Red Bull, Chipotle, Vitamin Water, and more. To date, STAY has signed with Twilight Records (Cartel, The Cab, The Ready Set), seen over 500,000 verifiable online song downloads, scored a spot on the PureVolume Top 20 Unsigned Bands list (’09 & ’11), and procured four formal releases.
My current clients are Silhouette Rising, Kamryn Person, AJ Elliot, and Cam Liberty.
20% of my earnings are donated to the American National Red Cross. Thank you!
Detailed feedback on your song (page-long analysis) From Chris Noxx. Chris is a member of The Multi Platinum Grammy Award Winning Piecemakerz,(SG-1, Sly Jordan, Briss) whose collective Notable collaborations & credits include, Talib Kweli, The Game, Young Buck, Trey Songz, Dr Dre, Eminem, Sean Kingston, 50 Cent, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Rowland, The O Jays & More.
Chris gives highly usable suggestions and constructive feedback that you can implement in to your song to greatly improve it’s impact, & increase your infinite growth as a songwriter. Chris will also share his knowledge base on the business, and how you can better solicit and market your talent for profit gains.
Most artists are so excited to release their songs immediately that they often loose objectivity on the final and crucial stages of production (Mixing and Mastering). This Dropbox was designed to help the artists make a better impression when they finally release their single/EP/Album to the public.
Experienced Record Producer VYERO is listening to every POP submissions. He has been producing independent Pop with a very critical ear for over 15 years... so you are in good hands.
EVERY SUBMISSION HAS TO BE ON FINAL PRODUCTION STAGE (No demos or drafts) and it will be reviewed based on:
-Mastering (if any)
Vyero will recommend changes if necessary, so you get it absolutely right for release.... He may even re-do your mix and/or mastering for an additional fee.
Let's hear your tracks!!