Do you ever work with another songwriter?
Can you describe that collaborative process?
For remix production, I typically get the bare bones elements of a song - just vocals or vocals with guitar or piano - and have to create a new version of the entire song. I do this by adding and editing in loops and beats that might or might not be replaced by live instruments toward the end of production.
For horn arranging, I typically sit in the studio with the track rolling and record different horn part ideas until everything feels right. The CNP Horns, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Album on Linda Chorney's Emotional Jukebox album, will either play parts that are already written or actually sit on sessions, trying to come up with some fun horn parts.
Do you have a motto or creed that as a songwriter you live by?
What is the first song that had an impact on your songwriting?