FILSCAP Songwriting Camp Year 4
Yearly, we conduct a songwriting camp for our members to allow them to develop and enhance their songwriting skills with guidance and assistance from mentors and arrangers.
Last August 21 – 23, we launched our 4th annual Songwriting Camp at Hacienda Isabela, Indang Cavite.
Compared to previous years, which accompanied ten campers per mentor, this year’s teams composed of five campers each. This gave the five mentors — Jimmy Antiporda, Ito Rapadas, Barbie Almalbis, Top Suzara, and Quest — more time to guide each camper throughout the songwriting process. Each group was also assigned an arranger — Marlon Barnuevo, Roy del Valle, Paulo Zarate, Ivan Lee Espinosa, and Gino Cruz — who worked on each of the campers’ instrumentals for their respective demos.
Chris Sta. Romana
Roy Del Valle
Juan Miguel Severo
Ivan Lee Espinosa
Jeremy Alex Salva
Richard Uds Udaundo
Jan Carlo Aningat
Aside from the mentors, the camp also had a few key speakers present. This was followed by Trina Belamide who shared her thoughts on how to approach songwriting in “Components of a Winning Lyric.” Jungee Marcelo also shared his tips on writing out pop melodies. Mike Villegas also shared how he practices songwriting and taught how to analyze music with the Harmonized Major Scale as a guide.
Lastly, our FILSCAP president, Rico Blanco, gave a talk about “Songwriter’s Attitude.”
He also met the campers personally to share some songwriting advice.
The campers were given the task to write a song with two surprise words: one word would be the title of the song, the other would be a key word that they would need to include within the song’s lyrics. Unlike what most would expect, the surprise words helped them to focus on what kind of song they would write. The end products were performed on the final day, where everyone in the camp enjoyed listening to everyone’s outputs.