#1
I'm basically in a two-person band where the other guy and I share songwriting duties. We tend to work electronically over long distances - composing material alone, exchanging material every once in a while, then tweaking it around when we jam together in person.

This approach makes for an interesting dichotomy of styles IMO. My bandmate's stuff tends to have heavily guitar-based rock influences (sounds like Muse, Weezer, RHCP, etc) while mine has girly dream-pop and electronic influences (sounds like Cocteau Twins, M83, Goldfrapp). Nevertheless we still have diverse enough tastes to appreciate each other's styles

But every time I come up with a new bit (be it a single riff or an entire song), my friend generally has nothing to say. He'll either ignore it entirely, make a small addition, or laugh in my face and correct something he believes is theoretically unsound. Then when he does add something he'll rave about his contribution as if it's the second coming of Jesus.

I emailed him a full tab of a song I wrote and I didn't even know he had read it until a week later when he sent me his adjusted version, which was exactly the same as mine but with a neat little outro section tacked onto the end.

He was all gushing like "this song is awesome, I can't believe how much potential is in this track," and proceeded to enumerate all the mind-blowingly innovative ideas we had on our hands, all of which just so happened to reside in the last 4 or 5 bars (the only part he wrote) of this tab. He had no comments on the stuff that I did, as if the song began and ended with his outro.

I mean I have no problem with other people adding things to my work, or even reinterpreting it entirely. However, it's kind of lame when you come up with a song all by yourself and then another dude tries to act like your whole artistic vision is a vehicle for his drum solo or something
#2
Sounds a bit like a goon if I'm honest, how'd you get into a songwriting "partnership" if he's not being respectful about the songs you write?
#4
Quote by Wangs
I'm basically in a two-person band where the other guy and I share songwriting duties. We tend to work electronically over long distances - composing material alone, exchanging material every once in a while, then tweaking it around when we jam together in person.

This approach makes for an interesting dichotomy of styles IMO. My bandmate's stuff tends to have heavily guitar-based rock influences (sounds like Muse, Weezer, RHCP, etc) while mine has girly dream-pop and electronic influences (sounds like Cocteau Twins, M83, Goldfrapp). Nevertheless we still have diverse enough tastes to appreciate each other's styles

But every time I come up with a new bit (be it a single riff or an entire song), my friend generally has nothing to say. He'll either ignore it entirely, make a small addition, or laugh in my face and correct something he believes is theoretically unsound. Then when he does add something he'll rave about his contribution as if it's the second coming of Jesus.


I emailed him a full tab of a song I wrote and I didn't even know he had read it until a week later when he sent me his adjusted version, which was exactly the same as mine but with a neat little outro section tacked onto the end.

He was all gushing like "this song is awesome, I can't believe how much potential is in this track," and proceeded to enumerate all the mind-blowingly innovative ideas we had on our hands, all of which just so happened to reside in the last 4 or 5 bars (the only part he wrote) of this tab. He had no comments on the stuff that I did, as if the song began and ended with his outro.

I mean I have no problem with other people adding things to my work, or even reinterpreting it entirely. However, it's kind of lame when you come up with a song all by yourself and then another dude tries to act like your whole artistic vision is a vehicle for his drum solo or something


F that guy man.
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#5
Think of it this way. Would you be proud of work someone else did? I understand you feel like he's ignoring you completely and thinking only of himself, but it's also understandable to be more proud of your own music than of others. I gather that you're quite fond of your song, but does that mean he can't enjoy the bit he added in? If it were the other way around, would you also go at length at the merits and awesome things about a song you didn't write anyways?

The way I see it, it's just natural to be proud of your own work over the work of others. Some people are just more vocal of their thoughts in general, and it comes off as incessant bragging. I'm sure it's nothing personal.
#6
Quote by Wangs
laugh in my face and correct something he believes is theoretically unsound.

i know a guy who does that too, i tell him to shaddap!
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#8
Quote by Trailerboy531
How did you get the song to begin with an outro????

*mind asplode*

*facepalm*
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