The writing process is always hard, but if you keep pushing through it you get more adjusted to the difficulty of writing songs.” – Ryan O’Neal
If there’s anyone who knows how to write lyrics and melodies, it’s Ryan O’Neal from Sleeping at Last. For years I’ve been inspired by how Ryan approaches his craft – with discipline, hard work, joy, and purity. If you’ve never heard his music, you’re welcome. Now is the time.
Ryan isn’t your typical musician – rather than releasing an album every 3 years, he releases new songs every month. He’s done this for years now and it has worked incredibly well for him. In addition to all his albums and projects, his music has been featured on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen, So You Think You Can Dance, and commercials for Mercedes Benz, Budweiser, and more.
Trust me, his music will help you savor life more, persevere through hard times more, and help you see the beauty in all things.
Today we talk about creative process, lyric writing, software instruments, recording, production, movies, and more. Let me know what you think!
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In this Episode You’ll Hear More About:
- Ryan’s favorite movies of 2016
- Thoughts on how artists should release their music – albums or singles?
- How to overcome writer’s block
- How to be prolific
- Ryan’s guiding principles for lyric writing
- Why Ryan doesn’t demo anymore
- Workflow and process for being a self employed musician
- The dynamic of using software and real instruments in recording
- Some of Ryan’s favorite software instruments
- To Spotify or not to Spotify?
Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
- Show Sponsor: Coresound Pads
- Website: Sleeping at Last
- Music: Yearbook by Sleeping at Last
- Music: Atlas Year 1 by Sleeping at Last
- Music: Atlas Year 2 by Sleeping at Last
- Music: Storyboards by Sleeping at Last
- Music: Keep No Score by Sleeping at Last
- Music: Ghosts by Sleeping at Last
- App: Day One
- Software: Spitfire Audio
- Software: Sound Iron Emotional Piano
- Software: Omnisphere by Spectrasonics
- Software: Keyscape by Spectrasonics
- Podcast: Sound Design, Building Companies, & Infinite Creativity with Eric Persing
- Instrument: Casio SK1
- Book: The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile
- Book: The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson
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