For the fourth episode of The Songwriting Cafè, I invited over Amy and Chris, two amazing musicians and songwriters from Surrey, U.K.
We met on Twitch, where the duo, known as Dragonfly Sky, streams three times a week.
I had a very interesting chat with Amy and Chris.
We covered way more than I expected, as the audience was extremely interested and participatory.
In this article, I am going to do a sum-up of the most important points.
The music scene in London and the U.K.
It was interesting to discuss the London scene with Dragonfly Sky, as I also had my share of gigs in the British capital city in the past!
Amy and Chris had some outstanding experience on the London stages before Covid hit. In particular, they told us about their best gig to date: the launch night for their debut EP Neon.
Prompted by a viewer, who asked us where we see ourselves five years from now, we also discussed how live streaming is now an integral part of our career plan. While it won't necessarily substitute live gigs entirely, it is definitely an activity the three of us want to keep pursuing.
The best platforms musicians can stream from
As Amy and Chris told us how their live streaming adventure began, we also received some interesting questions from the viewers, curious to know more about how musicians approach live streaming and, in particular, what platforms we prefer and how they differ from each other.
The discussion focused on Twitch, which we all identified as one of the best solutions for musicians today. We also talked about Facebook and YouTube, noting the differences in terms of interactivity, community-building opportunities, and organic reach.
The core of our discussion, however, concerned Amy and Chris' songwriting process.
The performance of Neon, the title track of their debut EP, was a great chance to get into more details on their songwriting approach.
While Amy is a natural-born composer, being able to come up with melodies very easily, Chris has an approach to songwriting that is more similar to my own. He starts with the chord progressions, and then adds the melody and the lyrics.
We agreed that sometimes the theme of the song is pretty clear from the very beginning, as it happened with Tears of the Sun, a song inspired by the story of a guy who fell in love with an assassin. Some other times, however, the boundaries are way blurrier and it takes more time to come up with a clear story or idea to depict.
Willow Tree: Dragonfly Sky's latest release
Amy and Chris also performed Willow Tree, their latest single, released on July 9th, 2021.
This beautiful song takes inspiration from a very difficult moment in Amy's life.
She explained that, a few years ago, she was diagnosed with meningitis, a terrible disease that made her reflect on the concepts of life and death. The Willow Tree in the song now represents life in a hopeful and moving way.
The chat with Dragonfly Sky was surely interesting and inspiring.
Check out the video at the top of the article or the podcast track to have a listen to the interview.
And don't forget to leave a comment here, letting us know what you think of Dragonfly Sky's music!
See you next month for another episode of The Songwriting Cafè!