Composition is King: A Conversation on Songs and Songwriting


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Composition is King: A Conversation on Songs and Songwriting

Sometimes songwriting can get sidelined in dance music in favor of pure groove, sound sculpture etc. But of course, from the underground origins of disco, house and even techno right through to the mega-success of EDM, songs are integral to club and rave culture too. And whether it's the simplest hook or the most complex of arrangements, songwriting is a deep and rich skill set that it can take lifetimes to understand. And we have lifetimes' worth of experience to share with you on this subject – thanks to the presence of Andrew Gould, whose publishing experience has seen him champion world-beating songwriters from Sia to Lewis Capaldi to Bebe Rexha, and the extraordinary songwriter Maria Christiansen who has written for no lesser stars than Celine Dion, N'Sync and Jennifer Lopez (for whom she wrote the all-time dance-pop classic “Waiting for Tonight. Together with another guest to be confirmed, they'll be diving deep into the relationships between structure, groove, hooks, harmony, production and more – and just as importantly into understanding publishing, pitching and all the other business aspects songwriters need to navigate.

Conference FAQ

ADE's Conference program features multiple conference tracks and offers the ultimate business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music, attracting music- and related industry professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers.

ADE's 2020 venues will soon be announced!

All you have to do is to make sure you purchase an ADE Pro pass. This ticket will grant you access to the full conference program including all conference tracks and arts & culture program.

If you do not wish to attend the full conference, we also offer single sub-conference tickets (available soon).