Music & Entertainment

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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A fellow student

I help people discover their strengths through handwriting. I do this as a keynote speaker and media commentator whose been featured on CNN, Daily Express and many more who presents across Canada and internationally. I'd be open to: collaborating with 1) A Digitial Studio Performance Designer with amazing ideas on projection use for the Stage, who might be interested in collaborating and using my handwriting analysis live keynote as an experiment in integrating new technology. Here's what I do (3 minute video) https://jamiemasoncohen.com/#gallery-1

Marcus M.

Collaboration is key. Now, we see more collaborators on songs in the Billboard Top 100 than ever before!....

Daniel B.

Hello. I am a rapper when I'm inspired by something. I'm looking to collab with singers who can sing for hooks or even as part of some songs. My Instagram profile is @Daniel.L.Bray . I have about 25 snippets or WIPs you can check out, and if you want to collaborate with me, send me a message on Instagram. Thanks. www.instagram.com/daniel.l.bray

Sara F.

Hello hello. I have a YouTube my url is /seradoll89 . I’m a vocalist who writes and I’m learning Abelton. I would love to collaborate with other writers or listen to tracks to buy that I may write over. I dance, and I’m a SAG eligible Actress. If you would like to contact me with your information here’s my email ! Beauty9thebeat@icloud.com I sing in pop, jazz, and am looking for pop dance / pop edm .

C P.

Yo! Howdy future stars. I am a new artist influenced by Hip Hop, Rock and Dance, mixing up the medicine for a new wave. Connect with me on IG: realcpurple Looking to collaborate with Beat makers who want to go 49/51 on a record, I’m a different breed, I’ll give you the extra 1 percent if you give me your all Female singers, yo where my ladies at, the future ain’t nothing with out you, I got some songs written that I can’t do the female parts to, let’s get fierce Comedians, I saw a guy below is a comedian there is room for that on skits or even a verse Also anyone in Asia, I’m in the early process of creating a party and events community based in Thailand initially with my uncle, he is literally a riot so come connect if you want more life I don’t care who you are, where your from, what you did, as long as you say hi IG: realcpurple

Karin A.

I'm into comedy, especially sketch and standup, in Seattle. I'm looking for people who are closer to my age, who have not been beaten down by life, to form a sketch group that might be able to morph into a SitCom. I really want funny people who are both not in their own heads, and not egotistical about it. We all have something to add. I'm looking to take age back from the nonsense stereotypes and maybe make the world better for everyone.

Michael B.

I'm a singer/songwriter, and I have produced some music. You can listen to some of my old music on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLG4Aioj6iT6pV3vFigmRVg. Since then, I have learned songwriting from a real school. I like reaching out into other areas. I'm interested in collaborating with some kind of indie/pop or dance/electro music that is light and airy to make a song. Let me know if you are interested! Thank you!

Johnny A.

Looking to Collaborate with fellow film makers / actors to prouduce films & music videos! IG: www.instagram.com/johnnyjcatfish/ IMDB: www.imdb.me/johnnyavila “Sustained Focus” Thick skin of artist with the vulnerability required for creative flow

Tomas U.

Hello, I am producer of Dance House Music. Here is all my work https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ArMzkc8BAX2T9VCWV3v6R?si=z8ury38IS8GknE0KFvQfFw and I am always looking for good collab and make awesome Dance track. My facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommyvegamusic/ I belive that I will find out someone. Best.. Tommy.

Tamira C.

I really enjoyed this lesson...Per the assignment, I am most definitely looking for a producer that I can collab with to create some great work