We try to tell artists over and over again that if you suck at songwriting, nothing you do to market you and your material is going to work.

Miles Copeland makes the basics pretty clear in this great bit of video on the Artists House site. He also talks about rock and indie bands fearing the outside writer – this is ridiculous. If you need help to make it, go and get it rather than let your shortcomings doom you to failure.

“Don’t let the chorus be a mystery – make sure it comes in like a garlic milkshake” – Genius!

Go and watch the video here.