Songwriting: Das kann man studieren? (Breakout Session)
Chorus, Hook, Refrain, Ramp, Topline, Middle Eight – wie bitte? Dein Song hat alle wichtigen Zutaten, klingt Hammer – aber lässt trotzdem jeden kalt? Deine Songs sind nicht wie die im Radio – ist das gut oder schlecht? Du weißt nicht, was du erzählen sollst – oder zweifelst, ob du etwas zu erzählen hast? Und – kann man das alles überhaupt lernen? Man kann. Die Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (HfMT) Köln bietet Songwriting als Hauptfach im Bachelor-Studiengang Jazz-Pop an. In der HfMT Breakout Session werden Stephan Scheuss (Hauptfachlehrer und Fachgruppenleiter für Songwriting), Anikó Kanthak (Hauptfachlehrerin), Christoph Rieger (Songwriting-Student) und Marlena Kreßin (Musikerin) eure Fragen zum Songwriting- und Popmusikstudium an der HfMT-Köln beantworten und ihre Erfahrungen mit euch teilen.
The 23-year-old Berlin-born actress grew up in a theater family. She spends her childhood on tours through Europe. There she experienced how personal experiences come to the stage in an artistic form and how strong they have an effect on an audience when the origin is authentic. Marlena Käthe plays with band, in trio with Shanice Ruby Bennet and Leonie Geisler as well as solo concerts. Her sound results from electronic noisescapes, warm acoustic guitars and spherical polyphony and shapes the concept of Darkfolk. Their lyrics negotiate archaic themes like family, death and emancipation. Marlena's voice carries through an ambivalence of sadness and lightness. Marlena Käthe performed on this year's Pop Kultur Nachwuchsbühne and can be seen next at c/o pop xoxo. She has been studying songwriting at the HfMT Cologne since October 2019.
Anikó Kanthak is a singer, songwriter, lyricist and coach. At the HfMT Cologne she teaches songwriting as her main subject and leads seminars on lyric writing. The focus of her work is the consolidation of an artistic identity based on your personal (musical, family, social) background. For many years, she has accompanied professional actors, singers and songwriters in their artistic development. As a songwriter she wrote songs for movies (Dschungelkind, Poll, Dreiviertelmond etc.). As a singer she worked with well-known artists (Nina Hagen, Udo Lindenberg, Roger Cicero, Xavier Naidoo, Tina Turner) and has toured for many years for the radio station 1LIVE. Under her own name, Anikó Kanthak writes songs in German and can be heard live as a solo artist or with her band.
Stephan Scheuss is head of the songwriting class at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (HfMT) Cologne. He also coaches bands and ensembles based on stylistic and thematic priorities. His teaching includes lectures on genres, styles and trends in pop music and on pop production. He has used his skills as a singer and guitarist to work with well-known national and international artists (Purple Schulz, Jon Lord, Joy Denalane, Sally Oldfield, Lena Meyer-Landrut, and many others). As a founding member of the a cappella formation "Vocaleros" he enjoyed international success. He is known as a solo artist by the name "Stephan Leo".
I am Christoph and have been studying songwriting at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne for two years. I have been making music in various forms since my early childhood. Currently, I am getting a very valuable education at the HfMT, which guides me on my very personal musical path. Furthermore, the study program gives me the security and self-confidence to be able to stand on my own two feet later on. A change of perspective is essential for me, which is why I also work on writing for other artists and producing soundscapes for films.