ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
The ASCAP EXPO songwriting convention was THEBOMB.COM. (Oh wow that site actually exists. Checked just now. Anyway.) ASCAP was awesome and was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve never actually heard of it until my Berklee Online professor told me about it. Luckily it fit my schedule for this April. The EXPO lasted from April 12-April 15 and was held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, which was conveniently near where I’m currently staying. So yuh. Meant to be. :3
Wouldn’t wanna bore you by going into too much detail, so here are the highlights and the events that I managed to get pictures/videos of (Was too busy “living in the moment” HAHA look at meeeee I actually have a life. Ish.):
Me at the hotel lobby looking like a short child, waiting for registration to open cause I was an hour early. Di naman po ako excited.
REGISTERED. IDs - check!
Me and the sissy getting our photo ops done.
Me and the sissy waiting in line to get our ASCAP “Swag Bags” which contain all the swaggy songwriting thingos. In a bag.
ASCAP annual membership meeting about to begin!
Out came Paul Williams - the ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board to welcome us all to this year's ASCAP EXPO :D So funny he was.
Plain White T’s lead singer Tom Higgenson singing “1 2 3 4” at the ASCAP EXPO Kick-off/Meeting! He also told us about how he ended up writing it and how his experience with ASCAP has been. Apparently Paul McCartney is a huge fan of this song.
Me with my Berklee Online prof! Met him in person for the first time! Exciting stuff. Well for me anyway.
He was one of the representatives/speakers for Berklee online. Learned soooo much from this 45 minute lecture.
Another photo op.
Closer this time.
Me with Ryan McMahon of Captain Cuts AKA the trio who wrote and produced Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” and Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied”. They’ve also written and produced for Tove Lo, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Bebe Rexha, and Marina and the Diamonds.
Obviously hindi kami nag-usap kung mag-ssmile na ba or hindi. (Obviously we didn’t discuss when were going to smile [for the camera]). He was super nice. And sweet. And is a kyot.
Captain Cuts group showing us how “Shut Up and Dance” was produced from the voice recordings to the demo track to the final production. Too cool po. They also demonstrated some of the effects they'd use from start to finish. My sister loved that.
This is one of my faaaavorite panels. These are the top songwriters behind all the biggest hits. Everyone was so humble and told us about how they’d always thank God for their blessings. Really inspiring stuff.
Standing on the far left was the panel moderator AKA super cool songwriter LeShawn Daniels behind the multi-platinum award songs “You Rock My World” - Michael Jackson, “If You Had My Love” - Jennifer Lopez, and “He Wasn’t Man Enough” - Toni Braxton. He’s also written for Whitney Houston. Crazy.
This girl I REALLY wanted to see. Bibi Bourelly. Only 22 years old. Behind the hit song “Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna. Plus she has some singles of her own out. How to be you po.
This guy PREACHED that day. Told us to reaaaally peel our skin off when writing. Huhu I will try. This is Malik Yusef Jones. Six-time Grammy winning artist, poet, songwriter, and producer. He worked on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album as well as Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo.” Bat po kayo ganyan. Masyado po kayong cool. Not even gonna translate that anymore HAHA. Was lucky enough to shake his hand and thank him for inspiring me but didn’t get to take a photo huhu :(
Then there’s Priscilla Renea (on the left duh) - writer of Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It”, Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up”, Selena Gomez’s “Who Says”, Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” (which apparently is the ONLY song Mariah didn’t write or co-write. WHUUUT.), and Pitbull ft. Kesha’s “Timber”. Yun lang naman po. *dies*
Guy on the right is Jean Baptiste. Songwriter and producer of “X”, “F.A.M.E.”, “Graffiti”, “Royalty” (Chris Brown); Pink Friday," "Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up" (Nicky Minaj); "Rated R" (Rihanna); and "MDNA" (Madonna). Uwian na po tayo.
But of course the ASCAP wouldn’t be complete without THIS!
Stevie effin’ Wonder, bros. Interviewed by JANELLE MONAE. HUHU <3
He took us through how he started out in the industry and how he ended up writing his hits. He even played a couple for us! Free concert and free Wonder wisdom <3
Overall, the ASCAP EXPO was definitely an unforgettable experience for me. Still can’t believe we were fortunate enough to see these musical geniuses up close and actually meet some of them! I also love how I got to be around my fellow aspiring singer-songwriters. Everyone was really friendly and just gave off positive vibes all around. I’m also glad that I got to share this experience with my mom and my sister. That way I’d know all of this ACTUALLY happened haha.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this blog post! If you’ve got any questions or violent reactions, just comment below! Although not sure how to.. reply to those actually. I’ll figure it out.