Creative process of Grammy-Winning musicians, Part 1

Ever felt stuck in the middle of a song you’ve been working on for days or even weeks? We’ve all been there.

Expressing yourself through music can be hard and most artists tend to be perfectionists. Therefore, it’s crucial to have certain set of writing routines, creative rituals and sometimes just flat out weird habits to put yourself in the right mindset and to finish what you want to finish.

Today we’ll have a sneak peek into the creative process of those who are making it big in the music industry. Let’s have a look into the songwriting process of award-winning artists, including Grammy-winning Jack White (of White Stripes).

1) Jack White (White Stripes) on forcing himself to write and booking time in the studio.

“Not everyday in your life are you going to wake up, the clouds are gonna part and the rays are gonna come down and you’re going to write a song from it. Sometimes you gotta just get in there and force yourself to work and maybe something good will come out of it.”


2) Matt Berninger (The National) on headphones and wine as a catalyst to creative process.

Excerpt from the interview to “Chicago Voices”.

Q: You are solely responsible for the lyrics of The National. When you don’t know what the music is going to sound like, how do you get into a headspace to write?

A: “I’m very untrained. When I write lyrics, and also when I’m performing on stage, I drink a lot of wine. I’ll use it as a crutch. It helps loosen my grip on the insecurities of just being a human being in the world. It allows me a little courage in a weird way to do it, and to write about unflattering, weird, little corners of my brain. Also, I never write filling notebooks with lyrics. I only write when listening to the music those guys are sending me. It’s so much fun.

I start to craft and work on lyrics and really edit and refine them later. For the first six months of writing the record, I’m just sipping wine and laying back and singing along. That’s where the best stuff comes from — when I’m not thinking too much.”


3) Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) about locking himself in hotel room with a piano and a drum machine and trying things out without editing too much.

Creative process can be tricky and exhausting, but with a bit of persistence you’ll be able to push through and finish the tracks you’ve been working on.

Good luck and make sure to try Soundtrap to record and collaborate on your music online!