Seven weeks ago, I began a weekly livestream on my YouTube Channel and on Instagram, showcasing my process for creating songs—everything from riff and melody generation, lyric writing, and harmonization to developing ideas, writing strategies and more. Each video is archived on YouTube. Go check it out!
The livestream started as a way to allow my backers on Patreon to get an exclusive look behind the scene of my songwriting process. I’ve never before shared my music in this way—nor have I ever seen anyone else do it (though I’ve now been told that Taylor Swift does it…). For those who like and listen to my music, this provides just an extra little taste of my creative process. But I want it to be more than that.
For young songwriters or aspiring artists who are struggling with what the songwriting process might look like—or should look like or could look like—I want these videos to perhaps be a place for these songwriters to see “oh, so it’s okay that I XY or Z when I write…” The point is, there is no one right way to create a song. Artists of all disciplines are first subject to their cultures and the information they take in, their education and even their genes. And songwriters are dependent on specific tools of the trade: vocabulary, cultural capital, music theory, and musical training.
So come join me! Every Monday night at 7 PM Central. On YouTube and Instagram.
Welcome to the NEW jaymathes.com! I’ve been working tirelessly on this puppy for 72 hours (no, not straight) and I hope you like how everything looks. I thought I was due for an update. You’ll probably notice that a *lot* of features and content are no longer on the site. I hope you don’t mind. For those of you who never saw the last version, you’ll probably be very happy with the new layout. Things were just starting to get too cluttered; and, I needed to start to make the transition to HTML5 in order to keep the site compliant with new web standards, blah, blah, blah.
Just a couple things to keep in mind: I’m uploading music from my The Fort, the Fire, the Fairs; Glimmer; and Love Said albums over the next few days. Right now, the only music you’ll find directly on this site is my latest record, Fundamental. Everything else on the site should be fully functional. If you find a problem, please let me know. You can send me an email at: jaymathes [at] jaymathes [dot] com.
The main idea with this redesign is to make sure that I’m fully utilizing some of the outstanding media websites that are out there today, allowing me to easily connect with new people and share new songs quickly. A few of the big ones, of course, are Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.
Thanks again for listening, and I hope you enjoy checking out the new site!