Reece Baker – a rising star I met at BMI songwriting Camp in July

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Earlier last month I was invited to be part of the BMI Abbey Road 2018 song writing camp. BMI invited me to attend the camp as part of their ongoing support of Music Exchange.

BMI hosted 2 camps in South Africa over the last two years and my job at the camp was to understand and learn about best practice so as to be able to implement these ideas back home.

The camp was held in Abbey Road studio 3 it’s where Pink Floyd recorded Dark Side Of The Moon, Frank Ocean recorded large parts of Blonde and Amy Winehouse recorded her final tracks.

The co-host of the camp Christian Wright will be coming to SA in Sept to host a number of keynote talks and engagements at Music Exchange on 1 September and 2nd September 2018

I spoke to one of the writers from Essex the mutli talented Reece Baker who is 26 from Basildon in Essex, He is Songwriter, Guitar and keyboard player in the band Courts. Reece also writes music for commercials

Currently working with some amazing songwriters and artists: Paul usher, Mary Leay, Blakey, Devon Wright  

When are you happiest?

Probable when in the thick of songwriting and everything starts to come together

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What does music mean to you?

Hits a universal language that needs no words to speak to your soul. It’s everything.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work ?

Working and writing with new people, feeling the creative energy.

What drives you…. Ego or Humility?

Definitely humility, I’m grateful for everything I have in my life

And the people I’ve met. There’s so much to learn from others I feel having an ego would hinder that.

Your heroes?

Nile Rodgers & Kasif. Two absolutely incredible masters of the craft who know how to write a hit.

Which living person do you admire most and why?Again, Nile Rodgers… so many of his records gave and spoke to me

And moved me.

 

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What is your most treasured possession?

My Yamaha DX7

It’s your round what are you drinking?

Spiced rum and coke

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Dream gig to do?

It’s always been Brixton Academy

If you were not a musician what would you do?

Hmm I’d probably be somewhere in the sun selling deck chairs on a beach

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5 Desert Island Discs?

Change – The essential Collection

The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

George Benson – Breezin’

George Michael – Ladies & Gentlemen

Niki & the Dove – Everybody’s Heart is Broken Now

What song changed your life?

Sister Sledge – Lost In Music

Who do you love?

My two brothers Dan & Luke and Luke’s Little baby Luna

Give us some real proper slang and what it means

“ Peng” – it’s nice/good

Top of your bucket list?

Write

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What is your fear?

Moving slowly

Happiness is?

Being lost in music

On stage I tend to?

Get a little too rowdy

The best life lesson you have been taught

We’re all the same, we’re all on our own difficult journey

Cherish the ones you love and be kind to compassionate to all.

Where would you like to be right now?

A studio with open French doors, backing on to a beach with palm trees and sun.

Wishes and dreams for 2018?

Just to carry on being able to write music everyday.

Social media links

https://www.youtube.com/user/courtsmusic

I compose music for adverts 

Vimeo.com/reecebakermusic 

vimeo.com/reecebakermusic

IG: @reecebakermusic

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About Martin Myers
Music Supervisor / Artist and Talent Manager / Publicist / Music Exchange Founder / Owner Triple M Entertainment

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