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Indie 101 – Songwriting Workshop

A one on one, CBT workshop to understand your behaviour as an artist, and to unlock originality by making subtle changes to your habits.

Unlock your true potential.
Understand yourself as an artist better.

Write the songs that you were supposed to write.

Open for applications

The internet is filled with tips, techniques and tricks about songwriting. A quick google search of ‘how to write a song’ reveals over 2,33,00,00,000 results. Most of them can help you in your songwriting, but applying formulas and algorithms to write a song presents two problems –

1. The sacrilege by Imitation

Imitation makes you sound too similar to your influences. It could set you up for a possible imposter syndrome.

2. Death by Monotony

The monotony of a program makes your songs sound similar and you keep composing the same stuff over and over again.

To unlock your true potential and to stand out, you need to understand how the mind perceives and then makes art.

Indie 101 is a workshop that introduces this approach towards songwriting or any other medium.


How Does It Work?

This workshop focuses on three core concepts –

  1. Understanding the essence of art // What is art?
  2. Understanding an artist // Who is an artist?
  3. How to find yourself? // Who are you?

1. ART

There is no one definition of art.
The idea is to establish freedom for expression, and separate techniques and perception.

2. ARTIST

There are as many types of artists as there are stars. No two artists are ever the same.
The idea is to establish a sense of individuality; to allow mistakes and experiments to invoke originality.

3. STORYTELLING

The purpose of art is to tell a story and it is not about the story as much as it is about the way you do so.
The idea is to learn how to find your story and then how to express it.


Understanding an Artist

“Artists are here to disturb the peace”

James Baldwin

Observing how artists function and the psychology behind their methods is critical in understanding the intricacies of art. Before you learn to write, you have to learn how to read.

Understanding and Making Behaviour Changes

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change”

Confucius

Making minor changes to your behaviour can lead to surprise endings. Learn how to understand your behaviour as a human, and then make relevant changes to allow the artist to come out.

Defining Yourself as an Artist

“Your understanding of your inner self holds the meaning of your life”

Leo Tolstoy

It takes decades of persistence and hard work to reach the level of a master. And even masters are unsure at times. Knowing your limits and having an open mind to situations and different opinions, opens you up as an artist. 

The Efficient Storyteller

“A good story needs only a good storyteller.”

Richard Bausch

An artist is not defined by his medium, but by the efficacy of his stories. Learn how to craft stories that are coherent and meaningful.

The Result – An Efficient Storyteller


No one can tell you who you are, it is only you who holds the power to be who you want to be. It starts with small steps though. This workshop will align you in the proper direction, without ever dictating or advocating a certain specific opinion.

The goal is for you to understand your behaviour and make the proper adjustments, and I will help you through your way.

By the end of the program, you should have achieved a novel insight into yourself as who you are as an artist and what your originality is. You shall be crafting stories and songs that are coherent as well as meaningful.

Concepts Covered

  1. The essence of independent arts
  2. Story and the storyteller
  3. Your instrument
  4. The art of Practice 
  5. Process vs routine
  6. The power of influence
  7. Becoming a lifelong learner
  8. Building a song
  9. Building a performance
  10. Personal branding
  11. Releasing art

Features

  1. One on one Sessions, no group sessions ever
  2. 60 minute duration of each session
  3. 12 sessions (9 core + 3 complementary)
  4. Flexible with schedules
  5. 9,000/- INR , payable in two instalments

Registration

Indie 101 workshop is open for registrations. Book an introductory call below.


About Saby Singh

Saby Singh is a singer-songwriter, music producer, writer and educator from India. Born in a Sikh family, he spent his childhood learning Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet and composing Gurbani Kirtan in Raags. I am also trained in Western Classical Music.

I have been releasing my music since 2008, on ReverbNation and Soundcloud. My debut album ‘yahaan’ was released to critical acclaim and was rated number 3 at Rollling Stone Best Indie Albums of 2020. I also received the prestigious Toto Music Award in 2020.

My aim with Indie 101 is to impart songwriting and musicianship ethics and practices to artists. India is a great country with infinite potential and Indie scene provides me with the opportunity to contribute to the flourishing independent art scene in the country.


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