Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How Do You Know?

Almost every writer does their own rendition of the 'touch-down dance' when they knock out a record; whether they do it on the inside or outside doesn't matter, the point is they do it. There's something almost euphoric about hearing your own work posing perfectly on a musical canvas....or so you think. My question to our peers is - 'How do you know that that's a smash?' Hopefully you're not surrounded by a bunch of 'yes men'.

If you're anything like 80'S'ix , you wouldn't say a song isn't a smash; instead you'd say that song doesn't 'smash' as much as the others haha! But seriously, if you don't believe it, who else will? Of course you have to be realistic, not everything you do is necessarily going to break records but that doesn't mean you should strive for anything less than chart-toppers. Then there's the constant pressure to figure out what A&Rs and Executives want because we all know they want what's hot right now. So in the end we have to find a happy medium between sharing our artistry and satisfying the cookie-cutter expectations of a label; quite the task isn't it?


This post was the product of pure curiosity....please proceed.


  1. @MannyForbes You don't know its a smash until the people determine its a smash. It may be a smash to you, but what good is that? Unless your totally making music for yourself. When the masses hear it and they credit it as a smash by buying it, supporting it, downloading it, suggesting it (on radio) and your on the charts making history then you know, its a smash. If you take a close look at every producer/songwriter/artist that self proclaims their own smashes publicly you will see that all those guys spend the least time actually making real smashes a.k.a being on the charts. Timbaland barely says, Stargate never say it, nor Dr.Luke, Nathan Chapman, Polow or Danja. The real SMASH makers.

  2. With you 100% on that! That is, if you have broken through that door and you have placements that have made it to the masses. Typically for artists, I say let the consumer tell it. For writers and producers though, I think its a little different. For example, there's a lot of people out there that are sitting on a catalog of records/beats that are 'smash-worthy'.To say that they aren't smashes just because they haven't placed them or broken into mainstream would be unfair. It's all within context.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Manny!

  3. I agree, Smash Worthy,but not bonafide smashes YET. Or maybe you can say "to me this is a smash". And if that's all that matter to you fine. But I'm looking for them Billboard Smashes them #1's and the only way I can get that is if the Public thinks this is a SMASH!

    No problem. Happy Turkey Day!