In a video interview, longstanding and hugely successful rock band and SOCAN members Our Lady Peace – winners of the 2018 SOCAN National Achievement Award – briefly discuss songwriting. Specifically, how they wrote the newly inducted SOCAN Classic song “Innocent”; how the band recognizes SOCAN; what effect songwriting independently in Los Angeles for the past 20 years has had on frontman Raine Maida’s approach; their dedication to the craft; and their advice for young songwriters.
In a video interview, star beat-maker, producer, songwriter and SOCAN member Frank Dukes (a.k.a. Adam Feeney) – one of two winners of the 2018 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award, the other being Shawn Mendes – briefly discusses his work. Specifically, creating his own Kingsway Music Library, working with Post Malone, and studying other producers. Dukes – who’s worked with Kanye West, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, and Cardi B, among others – also offers his one essential piece of advice for young songwriters, and shouts out SOCAN.
Dukes was accompanied during the interview by Kaan Gunesberk, one of his co-writers on the global Camilla Cabello hit “Havana,” for which they were both honoured with a 2018 SOCAN Pop Music Award. Dukes also won two 2018 SOCAN Rap Music Awards, for co-writing Drake’s “Fake Love” and Post Malone’s “Congratulations.”
In a video interview, iconic singer-songwriter, Guess Who founder and frontman, and SOCAN member Burton Cummings – winner of the 2018 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award – briefly discusses why he’s never spent more than an hour writing a song. He also tells the stories of how he met, and got to spend a little time with, legendary classic-rock-era superstars like Frank Zappa, and Jim Morrison of The Doors.