On November 7th, NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) was home to the Nashville Alumni Reception. The event acted as a meet and greet for Nashville alumni, but also had an educational spin to it. Eric Normand ’89 and Rhett Akins were present to talk about their experiences in the music industry in Nashville and to answer questions.
Normand ’89, is the author of the Nashville Musician’s Survival Guide, gave great insight on his areas of expertise, which include touring, gigging in Nashville and recording. Many alumni wanted to know which clubs they should be going to in order to sit in on jams and meet more people. Normand was able to give our great specific information about which clubs host which genres and on which nights.
The night followed with a talk from Nashville hit songwriter, Rhett Akins. Akins is one of the hottest songwriters in Nashville and spoke about his experiences in Nashville and the evolution of becoming a songwriter. Shantell Ogden ’05 summed up the discussion with these highlights.
• For every 500 songs that Akins writes he’ll come out with about five hits that actually get recorded
• The approach of writing “good and commercial” works best for Akins
• You may write a song on your back porch and love it, or you might write a song on your back porch that will end up on everybody else’s back porch.
Berklee will be back to Nashville on December 12th, for the annual holiday party at Flyte!