BIMM Brighton graduates Frankie Furlow recently signed their first publishing deal with Catalyst Music Publishing, which – as any songwriter worth their salt should know – is kind of a big deal. We caught up with frontman and BA Hons Songwriting Alumnus Satch Satchell to hear all the juicy details.
HOW DOES YOUR SONGWRITING PROCESS USUALLY WORK?
I usually come up with a line or two, develop that into a concept and then flesh out a song. I write notes on my phone all the time and then sit down with my guitar at the first opportunity. Then i’ll take it to the band to work on arrangement!
HOW DID YOUR PUBLISHING DEAL FIRST COME ABOUT?
We were playing in Berlin and this crazy (and somewhat tipsy) guy (Peter Knight) summoned us to talk to him! He told me he wanted to take me for lunch in Brighton to chat about the songs. Many lunches, shows and beers later we signed with him and couldn’t be happier!
CARE TO DIVULGE THE ROUGH NATURE OF THE DEAL?
Well, mustering up all the publishing knowledge we had between us and management we negotiated a deal where all parties were happy. To work with someone who we felt could exploit the songs to the best of their ability was paramount though it was also important for me personally to have a decent enough advance to be able to be a full time songwriter. We also wanted to make sure our publisher was well connected in foreign markets and that the term was going to be long enough for us to really get stuck in to exposing the songs.
WAS IT DIFFICULT COMING TO THE DECISION TO SIGN WITH THEM?
I don’t know about difficult but we definitely didn’t rush into anything. We built the relationship up over time and made sure our publisher was someone that not only had the connections and ability to take our songs further but also someone that really believed in writing and us as artists.
YOU’VE HAD A BUSY SUMMER. WHAT’VE BEEN THE MAIN HIGHLIGHTS?
Ooooh! Signing the deal, Glastonbury, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape Festival.