0Getting Into Songwriting w/ Triple Platinum Songwriter Drew Lawrence 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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