Have you heard about the BIMM Berlin Songwriting Camp? It’s a event we hold where our very talented BIMM Songwriting students get to collaborate with each other over the course of three days, under the guidance of songwriting industry legend. This time it was the turn of esteemed songwriter and producer P*nut (aka John Harrison) who’s worked with world-class musicians including Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande, Faithless, Wiley and Jennifer Lopez.
At the Camp, the students split into groups and were asked to write songs, to very tight briefs and deadlines, for chart stars Rihanna, Aloe Blacc and James Arthur. We asked BIMM Berlin Songwriting student, Karolina Beijerbronden, some questions about her experience and she kindly offered to give us her behind-the-scenes account of the very special event held, this time, at the revered Haus 2000 studio.
How did you secure a place on the Songwriting Camp?
To apply you had to submit an original song. The ‘jury’ then looked at all the applications and selected those lucky students who got to attend.
What was it like working with other students from across different courses and year groups?
During Songwriting Camp I worked in two different groups. Both were full of very polite and funny people, who all contributed positively to make for a memorable experience. Even though we all had different ideas, everyone was happy to compromise in order to benefit the song. We all respected each other’s opinions and gave every member of the group a chance to talk. There was no unnecessary drama – we all worked really well together.
What was your personal Songwriting Camp highlight?
I loved hearing the work of all the different songwriting teams at the end of each day. The songs were so great that some of the melodies and hooks are still stuck in my head!
What did you learn from the experience?
Songwriting Camp was a real eye-opener for me. It was brilliant to experience just how easy it can be to create something great with people you’ve never met before. In the past, I’ve only ever written with people I already know, like my former band, and now with my present band, Ritzy Park. I’m now a lot more positive about the idea of co-writing with whoever is up for it. I can’t wait to get started!
If you’d like to learn more about Songwriting at BIMM Berlin, and potentially be part of a BIMM Songwriting Camp in the future, get in touch today on [email protected] or call +49 303 11 99 186.