Though Kerry Park provides a famous view of Seattle’s skyline, John Keatley used the viewpoint’s cloudy skies as a backdrop for this portrait of reconciliation leader John Perkins to remove distractions, focusing the image.
How I compose:
When I compose, I ponder what I want the song to convey, usually from a list of song concepts that I have brainstormed in advance. From there, I find a beat that matches the song concept. The beat is crucial because it has to have the same emotion as my words, mindset, and cadence.
Next, I often ride around listening to the music in my car, because I’m in my car a lot and alone there most of the time. I like being alone when creating. I freestyle to the beat and see what sticks. Whatever sticks is what I write down, and those notes give me the basis for the rest of the song. I’ve written many a song in my head just listening to a beat I’ve created several times.
Tips for aspiring rappers:
Sharp Skills began writing and recording rap lyrics at age 10. A manager and rap artist, he will release his new album, Anno Rebelio, in 2012..