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Robert Lang Studios Songwriting Class

with Rocky Votolato and Kris Orlowski

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  •   01 Developing Your Sound and Influences

    18:40

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About The Class

learn songwriting from two of the Northwest's most respected songwriters at the legendary Robert Lang Studios


Learn the seven elements of successful songwriting in Robert Lang Studios Songwriting Class with Rocky Votolato and Kris Orlowski. 

Robert Lang Studios, one of the Northwest’s most iconic recording studios, is world-renowned for recording bands like the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Dave Matthews and Deathcab for Cutie

The studio’s unique stone and marble live room (built into the side of a mountain) along with the very best of analog and digital gear has attracted producers, engineers, and artists from all the world. 

Rocky and Kris will teach real-world techniques that are guaranteed to make you a better songwriter. 

You’ll learn about: 

  • Lyrics and phrasing
  • Inspiration, process and technique
  • Collaboration, and song format and structure.

Robert Lang Studios Songwriting Class with Rocky Votolato and Kris Orlowski, shot in Studio A’s live room, puts you into the writer’s room with two of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected songwriters and teaches you songwriting techniques you’ll use again and again.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Developing Your Sound and Influences

    18:40
  2. 02

    Inspiration

    30:58
  3. 03

    Phrasing and Lyrics

    27:32
  4. 04

    Song Process and Structure

    29:08
  5. 05

    Collaborations and Co-Writes

    26:40
  6. 06

    Summary

    06:38

Meet Your Experts

Rocky Votolato

Over the course of the last 15 years, Rocky Votolato has produced some of the most powerful music to come out of Seattle, an impressive canon anchored by earnest, lyrical songwriting, and delivered in a unique indie-folk-punk style that has evolved out of the Pacific Northwest music scene he was raised in. He has matured over the course of seven increasingly accomplished solo albums, and writes songs that seem to have been scratched into a boxcar wall by a worn-out and lonesome ghost.  ... read more

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Kris Orlowski

For Seattle musician Kris Orlowski, making music is about more than fulfilling personal agendas. It’s about creating something that touches the soul. Orlowski pitted honest, thoughtful storytelling against more traditional rock and pop arrangements to deliver his well received album, Believer, in 2014. Since its debut, the record has carried him through two national tours and a primetime television feature. ... read more

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85% of students recommend this class.
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  • Ashton Thebault

    Ashton Thebault

    November 2017

    I'm mixed with this class... there are some good insights and useful tidbits of information to be had but nothing to really blow open your world. Really, that's the point - you need to do the work so inspiration finds you and there is no silver bullet to successful songwriting. Both hosts are great songwriters and that helps them punctuate the points they make. It's not an amazing class but it is useful and simple which is enough to be inspiring for some.

  • David Nelson

    October 2016

    Alright, here's the thing. This course is the perfect course for young songwriters who are wondering where to start and how to write songs when they've done very little or haven't been writing for a long time. It gives a great overview of how to find inspiration, how to write with others, and how to overcome the urge to write cliche, typical lyrics. It provides the basic building blocks for beginning songwriters to find direction. If you're an intermediate songwriter, or have been in the business for awhile, you won't learn much from this course. There isn't a lot on specifics, on structure, on stuff like that. However, it provides a wonderful starting point for those of us seeking direction in how to start writing songs and communicating the ideas we have most effectively.

  • Sunga Rose

    Sunga Rose

    November 2018

    A lot of valuable insights from two awesome songwriters. I've been writing for a few years, but am not super disciplined. This class gave me some great information about how to tap into my own creativity and develop the habit of writing. Thank you!

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