Presskit.to: After graduating from Berklee and moving to LA how were you able to adjust to the new location and network within an unfamiliar scene?
Drew Lawrence: It took me a while – eventually I tapped into some of the alumni events through Berklee. I also connected w/ people on Craigslist when forming my own band. It’s funny, but one of them is now the drummer for One Republic. I could have done it quicker If I had gone to publishing companies, management companies or especially ASCAP or BMI and requested meetings. These people are there to help and they will set up sessions for you.
Pk: You’ve had a varied career in music including teaching and gigging. When and why did you start focusing on songwriting?
DL: It kind of fell into my lap! One of my friends got signed to Sony and it occurred to me – after 3 years of trying to get my own deal – that maybe I could at least get a song on somebody else’s album. The result was my first major label cut in 2006.
Pk: Is there a specific number of songs that songwriters should have written or certain level of success reached before they move to LA or Nashville? ie. Should I get my shit together before I head West or should I jump right in?
DL: No, just dive in. There is no better way to learn the business. Network, go to shows, and do as many sessions as possible. If I could do it again I would have got to LA immediately after school.
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