ABOUT THE SONGWRITING TEAM
The Songwriting Team is a tenacious music company based in Nashville, TN. We are 3 musicians who decided to break the traditional music industry route and instead forge our own path as independent music creators. We hope that we can encourage and inspire others to do the same for we feel that this is the new music industry.
This is our passion. It’s our life. We live for making music! We are producers, writers, musicians, and problem solvers. Every day here at the studio is made up of long hours handcrafting songs for various types of clients including DJs, companies, recording artists, bands, songwriters, and more. Our niche? Well… It isn’t genre specific. We make relevant music. Our clients have an outcome and we make music based on what they want to accomplish whether it be a new release, film/tv placements, supporting a campaign, attracting new markets, or signing a deal. Our preference is working with clients who have that entrepreneurial spirit and a plan of action.
The SXTM is both local and global. For the past 3 years we’ve collaborated with over 200 clients in 21 different countries. This has allowed us to master the online collaboration process and make it personal and efficient. We’re also local… With 2 studios located in Nashville we’re able to work with some fantastic local artists. Both of our studios are also set up for housing traveling clients which happens often too.
When we’re not in the studio you’ll find us blogging, making videos, consulting, and making sound packs. It’s a grand ol’ time here at The Songwriting Team and we’d love to be a part of your creative journey.
AUTHENTICITY IS WHAT MAKES MUSIC SPECIAL
THERE’S CREATIVE STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
IT’S NOT WHAT YOU GET, IT’S WHAT YOU GIVE
YOU BETTER YOURSELF WHEN YOU BETTER OTHERS
THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS A PEOPLE BUSINESS
BECAUSE HAPPY CLIENTS MAKE HAPPY BUSINESSES
By Daniel Grimmett
I started playing music at a young age. Both of my parents we’re amateur musicians so there were always instruments around. I grew up listening to their classic records and was exposed to great music. In middle school I started playing in bands and that lasted into my early twenties. I got into recording music because well, we couldn’t afford to record in a studio! After high school I spent 5 years going back and forth between recording music full time and working in sales/marketing for small businesses. In 2010, I met a studio owner who would end up being my mentor. The studio was called Old House Studio and it was nestled right outside of my home town of Charlotte, N.C. I spent the majority of 2010 working there and learning as much as I could. I wasn’t able to make it happen full time and went back to the corporate world from 2011 to early 2012. But, working at Old House inspired me to try again and make a career in music. I left my posh senior marketing position and on a whim moved to Los Angeles. I arrived there and was ready for my big studio gig! And… That gig never happened, but it ended up being a good thing. The big studios weren’t doing so hot at that time yet I noticed that there were a ton of entrepreneurial independent producers doing their own thing. It was at that moment I chose my path. I had a business background and loved music so I figured it be worth a shot! I also didn’t have many other options so I was determined to make it work.
I rented a small 1-room apartment in Hollywood that could pass as a recording studio as long as I didn’t have a bed in there. I didn’t have a bed at all my first year in business. The room had vibe. The building was constructed in 1918 and at some point was used by Paramount Pictures as a hotel for actors. I started recording local songwriters and eventually they started asking me to make tracks for them. It was my first time ever doing that. They wanted a one stop shop. I figured if this was a relevant need in Hollywood than it would be a need in other places too! Since my background was in web marketing I decided to bring my business online so I created SongwritingTeam.com. In the first year I got to work with dozens of clients on over 100 projects. It was the first time that I was collaborating with clients online from all over the world. It was crazy! I like to say that it was a happy accident. 12 months after starting the business, SongwritingTeam.com was one of the biggest online demo companies on the internet with dozens of Google rankings and new projects coming in every week. I was finally able to upgrade and get a bigger studio in the same building on the top floor. After a while it started to become overwhelming. I was at a fork in the road. I didn’t want to just be an online demo company anymore. I wanted to build a team of talent with a more hands on approach to all aspects of the music process including production, songwriting, publishing, etc.
In early 2014 I met Christian Fiore through a friend of mine. Christian was a Berklee student and I was impressed by his chops. Again, on a whim I decided to partner up with him and we relocated to Nashville. We chose Nashville for a few reasons: 1) The property is cheap 2) It was halfway between where we were both living and 3) There’s great music there. In June of 2014 we opened our first Nashville studio. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I had never partnered with anyone before, but I am a big strength in numbers kind of guy. It was tough financially at first, but Christian increased the quality of our work in a huge way. It wasn’t before long that we were doing three times the amount of work that I was doing back in Los Angeles. We were (and still are) loving Nashville. At this point we we’re still all web-based but soon we’d be working with a ton of incredible local talent too…
2015 was a game changer for us. It was the first year that it actually hit me… This is real. By this time my focus had shifted over to primarily running the company while Christian handled the creative side. As independent producers we knew that we had to make a big push and explore new territory if we wanted to grow this thing even bigger! A lot of exciting things both business-wise and creative-wise happened in 2015. We signed with a wonderful sync licensing agent and got our first placement with ABC. We started an instrumental market place called Anthemize.com. We even started a blog with a series of digital products that help musicians and producers make better music and become better entrepreneurs. Local opportunities also started to bubble up which was neat too because we had been 100% online up until this point. All of the sudden we were getting calls from local artists that we loved such as Michael McQuaid and Tony B. With all of these new additions it was time to bring on another team mate. In the summer (after completing a huge studio renovation) we hired Thomas Bracciale, an incredible songwriter and vocalist. Tom added a huge amount of value not only creatively but also on the business side by helping us manage all of our projects better. Now the team felt complete. It was my goal as a teenager to never stop making music with my friends. I met that goal although in a slightly different capacity than I thought I would… I’m not a rock star in a huge band, but this is just as fun! I get to make music with my friends for awesome people like you! Unfortunately, 2015 wasn’t all good. In November a close friend and client passed away. It shocked us all. We started a songwriter fund in her honor that will launch in 2016.
That’s our story so far! I’ll update this next year. In the meantime, It’s back to the studio…