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Collaboration

Usher

Lesson time 11:06 min

Working with others isn't always easy. In this chapter, Usher guides you through his approach to collaboration, including insights into his work with artists such as David Guetta and Alicia Keys.

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Since the beginning of my career, I've been collaborating. You may have thought that wait. It's just one person because there's only one person on the stage. Even though there's a band that actually sells you music the way that you got it, there's a DJ that sells you the music the way you got it, there has always been a collaboration. There is always a collaboration. Allow yourself to be open enough to reach higher levels. Some are blessed to have all of the talents, right-- producing, writing, and be an artist, and be fashionable. But then, the idea of collaboration comes into play. Managers, record companies, executives, whatever it may, the idea of collaboration is the most important part, because it takes a village to make an incredible project, right? It takes an entire staff of people that consider different angles, different ideas, things that you may not consider, things that you will consider. And then you put it all together. And it becomes this mixture in this collaborative effort. Never be afraid of someone else's interpretation of what you're trying to say. The idea of collaboration, the fact that we are working together, creates something incredible. [MUSIC PLAYING] If there were three keys to collaboration, one would be there is no right or wrong way to collaborate. Two, you really do have to be open minded in the process of how you work. Even though you have your idea of what you represent, you have to be open if you want to collaborate with someone. The next is to think outside the box. Be willing to reach into other areas so that you can grow. There is a big world out here. Imagine if you only decided to work within a confined space. You're only going to have a certain amount of exposure. If you allow yourself to reach into other areas of the genres of music, other ways of understanding the process of making the music, you'll grow. [MUSIC PLAYING] The idea of a good collaborator is someone who is flexible, is able to reach into other areas, try different things that they might not necessarily would have, get out of their comfort zone. All of those things make a good collaborator. You make them aware of what your vision is. You see what they're working on, you kind of get an idea of where they're headed, and see if there's some synergy between where they are and where you are, and if you guys can collaborate. Paul Epworth was someone that I really was fond of, have spoken many times about working with. I reached out after hearing a song that he and John Legend had worked on that I actually cut from my album. And I solicited more music. The first step is being able to have at least some music, and attractive-- you know, make sure that there is a connection, and then we can collaborate. If he has a song or has produced a song that I could work on, than I'll try it. That get's the wheels rolling. That's...


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Usher, winner of 8 Grammy Awards, reveals the technical skills, career lessons and breakthrough advice that he has used to captivate audiences for over 25 years. For the first time ever, learn how Usher approaches performance and wins over audiences from the studio to the stage. There has never been a class like this before.



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Martina V.

Hi, My name is Martina and I am a dancer and choreographer (urban and contemporary styles). Id like to connect with producers, singers and other dancers, to choreograph or/and dance with. You can look me out on my IG @tuti_villamayor . Best wishes!

A fellow student

Whats up family, my names Romeo and I'm a aspiring artist from Riverside, California. Really inspired by Hip Hop, Rnb, Spanish classics and lowrider oldies. Hoping to find a producer to that has nice Spanish melodies with some soulful hypnotic like drums. Also do a lot of Rnb and Trap soul type vibes i'm working on. Stay safe out there and keep creating!!!! One Love Ig @Don_Romxo

A fellow student

Bless Up Everyone my name is Evan, song writer, producer, musician singer, rapper from NYC via ATL. Huge connection to the west coast energy and funk and that southern dirty ATL funk when it comes to the influence of music and hip hop. Wanting to connect with more producers, artist of all kind that would love see if magic is made from shared creativity. Hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Max

Hey, I'm Tegan, I'm a vocalist, songwriter and learning the basics of production. I have big ideas, generally pop, but I have worked with Jazz and Soft Rock in the past - follow my instagram @tegankemp_ and I'll definitely be up for Skype calls to collaborate:)

Ash R.

Hey guys what's up my name is Ash, I'm an aspiring singer, songwriter, producer working at my craft everyday. I think for me what I'm looking for is more of a mentor than a collaborator in a sense yet I know I have a lot to offer I'm just at a very young part of my career and will take all the advice I can get. If anyone is willing to get into discussions, test out songs or anything music related in general my instagram is @cenizashe. I wish you all the best!

A fellow student

Hey guys! Brazilian singer/songwriter here! I did musical theater when I was younger (Evita, Disney Shows...). I also been working as backing-vocals ( I sang with Jon Secada, Alexandre Pires, Daniela Mercuri, Cidade Negra...) and I'm a Juror at a Brazilian TV Show called Canta Comigo - a format at BBC London that was called All Together Now. I'm looking for producers because I have about 20 songs here, and I need help creating the base or even writing together. My instagram @adriananaccache . Please DM me too

A fellow student

Hey everyone, my name's Jack, I've just begun to create my own beats in logic that vary with instrumentation but most revolve around the hip-hop/RnB sound, with occasionally a bit of funk. If you'd like to collaborate in producing songs, and/or featuring on any of my beats (which I'll end up doing some vocals for) then please reply to this comment and we'll see if we can sort something out!

James C.

Anyone got Rick Rubin, Brendan O'Brien or Butch Vigs contact info? and if you are one of those guys reading this my email is James.cox413@gmail.com and my band is The Mummy Cats

Jason R.

Hey Im Eric. I grew up on a tour bus as my Mom was a successfull christian pop-rock Artist. I have performed quiet a bit and love it, at this point i know the song is king and I would love to write with people to get reach and market myself to others. I love helping others and would love to help someone else reach their performance goal also. 😁

Da-Pranik

Well, where should I start? It would be helpful to collaborate with someone to help me market my music and shoot music videos, and choreograph dances, a vocal coach, music lawyer. OR IF I CAN BE OF HELP TO YOU, please don't hesitate to reach out just be sure to mention this post. My most recent release is called Final Hour and the link to listen to it is here: https://www.poedikmuze.com/finalhour-releasepage I also have a mixtape set to release shortly after but its a physical release only. As an artist I am very well rounded, I produce, write, sing, rap, mix my songs, act, photography skills, web design skills, graphic design(logo/cover art/posters), photoshop skills and have intermediate knowledge of the business side of music. I started my own label called Poedik Muze but I'm still in the process of building a team, to really take the label to the next level. Spreading peace and positivity, self expression and making people feel something through music are important values. To describe my music is to call it Lyrical Storytelling, a sub genre of HipHop with splashes of R&B elements. My instagram is @dapranik and my email to reach me is contact@poedikmuze.com I look forward to hearing from you soon. :) P.S this message has no expiration date