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​Pro7ect: 2017 Songwriters Retreat

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Calling all artists..! How do you fancy going on a unique journey that gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some A-list producers to make original music? Write, record, and produce with some of the best, at a great location. Well here's the chance to get involved in next year's Pro7ect Songwriters Retreat – a week of musical collaboration. Check out the video below, then read on for all the details:

The official launch of Pro7ect 2017 will take place at the Hotel Pelirocco on Friday 20th May 2016 during the Great Escape. It will feature a performance by Eddie Prove, a guest artist from this year’s retreat, and will be broadcast live by 1Brighton FM.

Now in its fourth year, this exciting retreat gives songwriters and artists the opportunity to work with the crème de la crème of producers to compose and cut their own tracks; and we're talking about the likes of Liam Howe (Lana Del Ray/Ellie Goulding/FKA Twigs), Stew Jackson (Massive Attack/Phantom Limb), and Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies), all of whom have some serious music industry swagger.

“It’s a great experience: an eye opener, and very inspirational,” enthuses Andrew Levy, who is already confirmed to take part in the 2017 retreat. And Stew Jackson concurs: “Being thrown into a creative environment with people you don’t know is an odd thing to do, but fun,” he says.

According to Pro7ect co-founder, Lisa Fitzgibbon, the aim is to facilitate creative retreats where songwriters, producers, and musicians join forces to inspire musical collaboration. And it's working.

“The benefits of collaboration are obvious – this year, for example, 14 participating songwriters and artists wrote and recorded 15 songs in four days,” Fitzgibbon explains. “That level of creativity would be hard to sustain on your own, but when you get a group of like-minded people together, it's amazing to see what they can achieve.”

And the setting of the Hotel Pelirocco adds a genuine creative vibe to the whole experience. Now a by-word for those seeking seaside getaways laced with glamour and hedonism, the hotel has 19 individually themed rooms, each reflecting a different aspect of rock and roll culture. Since its inception, it has attracted many celebrity and music industry guests including The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Scissor Sisters, New Order, Chrissie Hynde, and The Chemical Brothers.

For the duration of Pro7ect@The Hotel Pelirocco, four pop-up recording studios are installed at various locations around the hotel. Each studio is equipped with the latest recording technology from renowned equipment manufacturers such as PMC, Focusrite/Novation, Roland, and Audio Technica. Participants work in teams led by a producer, and write a track a day for four days. The teams are changed each day, and the songs are either written for one of the artists in the room, or to spec using tip sheets supplied by Pro7ect. Every evening there is a feedback session where teams play the result of their day’s work to the entire group.

“This approach works really well – as can be seen by the successes we’ve had with songs written during previous retreats,” Fitzgibbon adds. “Elle Exxe is recording two of our songs on her new LP, and another track has gone to a synch option for TOWIE. A track written this year is also an option on the next Brand New Heavies album, while singer/songwriter Eddie Prove may include at least two tracks from this year’s retreat on his next album.”

And what about the songwriters themselves, from previous retreats – what's their take?

“It is a spot-on venue, and the producers provide a level of knowledge and expertise that can only elevate songs as they’re taking shape,” says C Kowalchuk, who participated in 2015. Fellow 2015 participant, Love Lemon, adds: “I had no idea what to expect in the slightest, but it was definitely awesome! The hotel was friggin amazing!”

So there you have it. Details of the producers taking part in Pro7ect 2017 will be announced over the coming months, and the cost of participating is between £789 and £969, which includes food and accommodation for five nights. A good price, we reckon – especially considering what you could potentially get out of it as an artist.

Places are limited and anyone wishing to take part should HEAD HERE NOW to apply. Good luck!