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Hit Song Seminar: How to Write, Record and Pitch Hit Songs

  • Feb 15, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Hit songs are everything in the music business, and the key to success as an upcoming songwriter, producer or artist.  At this next meetup, we're bringing you a top-tier panel of experts to give you honest, one-on-one guidance and advice on how to write, record and pitch hit songs to help you make more money and build your career.  Limited space - get your ticket now! (FYI: the tickets just cover our venue costs.)

Live Song Reviews

Our experts will review songs from each Meetup attendee who purchases a VIP Ticket, which includes a live song review with one-on-one feedback from the panelists, guaranteed front seating, meet the panelists after the seminar. We will also feature the best songs that are reviewed during the meetup in our next Music180 Pro Newsletter, which is sent each month to over 300 of the world's top producers, songwriters, publishers and labels who are looking for new songs and unsigned talent.   

Our Panel of Pros will include:

David Hodges, Co-founder of Evanescence, Top Producer/Songwriter

David is a multi-Grammy and BMI Pop Award winning writer/producer/artist. As former writer and keyboardist of Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring Me To Life” in 2004. Evanescenceʼs debut album Fallen sold over 15 million copies. 

While busy working on his own music, David has also been writing and producing songs for various artists. In 2004, he wrote and produced Kelly Clarksonʼs biggest worldwide single to date, “Because Of You”, which appeared on Clarksonʼs 11 million-selling album Breakaway and garnered him the 2007 BMI Song Of The Year honor. The song was covered by Reba McEntire as the first single off her Duets album, and quickly rose up the country charts in 2007 becoming McEntire's 30th Top 2 country single. Also in 2007 he worked with Celine Dion (“This Time”) and the Backstreet Boys (“Something That I Already Know”). 

In 2008, David had a hit as writer producer for American Idol / Jive recording artist David  Archuleta and his song "Crush." The song reached number 2 on the Billboard top 100 and was the highest chart debut of any single since January of 2007. Also on the radio in 2008, Hodges wrote the hit single "What About Now" on Daughtry's 2006 eponymous album, which sold 5 million records worldwide and went to number 1. David took home a BMI pop award for both singles in 2010 (adding to his previous 3 BMI pop awards). 

David also co-wrote "Open Up Your Eyes" and "Supernatural" with Daughtry from his  sophomore platinum album Leave This Town. Hodges made his first impact in the country world with superstar artist Carrie Underwood where he co-wrote "What Can I Say" from her record Play On which went to number one on the Billboard charts and sold over 1 million copies. David also co-wrote pop smash and first single "Wanted" for Jessie James. David has recently been co-writing with Carrie Underwood, Christina Perri and many other top artists.  

Tami Lester, Licensing Consultant and Past Director of TV/Film Music for EMI Music Publishing

Tami has been deeply involved with all aspects of TV and Film music for two decades, having worked as the director of TV and Film music for EMI Music Publishing, one of the world's largest and most successful publishing empires.  Tami has also worked intimately with many of today's most successful songwriters and artists, helping them develop their songs and pitch their songs to top recording artists and projects.  

Janet Lopez, Music Supervisor  

Janet is a rising star in Music Supervision and has been an integral part of Neophonic since 2005, one of the leading Music Supervision companies in Los Angeles. An LA native and marketing and economics business graduate from Cal State University Los Angeles, Janet applied her love of music towards music business, and has earned a valuable reputation within the entertainment community for being a smart and creative team player. Janet has Music Coordinated on 20+ films/mini-series for HBO, and most recently Music Supervised TV shows such as the new HBO Series Enlightened (starring Laura Dern, Luke Wilson), Fox’s The Chicago Code (starring Jason Clark, Jennifer Beals) and Lie To Me (Season 2, starring Tim Roth, Kelli Williams). She’s also currently music supervising the new generation of the 80’s hit show Dallas slated for the Summer of 2012 on TNT.

Eric F. Galen, Esq., Music180 Founder/CEO and Artist Development Expert 

As a music lawyer, artist development coach and Founder/CEO of, Eric works with both upcoming talent and established music industry professionals.  Eric connects the dots in the new music business, and is passionate about helping tomorrow's great artists get discovered and developed. Music180 features the world's largest and most prestigious roster of top music industry professionals who use Music180 to find new talent and offer their services to unsigned artists everywhere.  


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  • Edwin

    This was a good seminar and it provided a boat load of good info. I also enjoyed meeting other songwriters and listening to some great songs too!

    February 18, 2012

  • Jordan P.

    All three of the pro's were great and offered good feedback. It would be nice to focus a meet up on just song production and how producers produce. Basics of song structure, instruments, developing harmonies / melodies, etc. These events continue to provide great feedback and advice to everyone.

    February 16, 2012

  • Jenna B.

    I thought this meetup was excellent! The panelists made thoughtful, specific reviews on the songs that were presented and shared some great advice. Eric, CEO of Music 180, knows the right questions to ask so that all attendees can walk away having learned something new. Looking forward to the next meetup!

    February 16, 2012

  • Chris W.

    This was a very entertaining, informative, well-run event. The panelist really listened closely to the tracks and gave insightful feedback that was both personal and professional. The quality and stylistic range of the reviewed songs was impressive. And it was great to have one-on-one access to the pros. Thanks to Eric for putting together a great show.

    February 16, 2012

  • Eric G.

    Our panelists kept it real, and gave insightful advice to the meetup members. The song reviews showcased some really promising upcoming talent - the music of the members that attend this meetup seem to keep improving, which is great.

    February 16, 2012

  • Eric G.

    Hi Nicky - You can bring your song for review (assuming you've got a VIP ticket) in CD form, labeled with your name and song title. Thanks.

    February 14, 2012

  • nicky a.

    Are we bringing our material in for review or email them ahead of time?

    February 14, 2012

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