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Kris Bowers: “After our sessions, Kanye and Q-Tip would talk for a long time about ways they could publicize the record and approach the tour—what they could do to stay new, stay current. It’s a great mindset to have.”
Ali Tamposi: “Don’t worry about where you should be or where you want to be. Keep going.You have to be really tenacious. There are so many outlets and possibilities in the songwriting world right now.”
Alan Lazar: “Try to create something very unique with your music. There are so many young composers who send me demos that sound just like John Williams or Danny Elfman, except they’re not the real John Williams or Danny Elfman.”
Ted Drozdowski: “Even if it’s an idea based on story or mythology, try to write a song in a way that you’re using your own language. Just try to consciously avoid the clichés. To always have your own voice is the primary thing.”
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