Write a song that features background vocals | Songwriting Club

Though they can be easily overlooked, background vocals play a crucial role in adding life to a wide array of songs.

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two” is a bona fide hit for many reasons, but a part of the track that has always stood out to me is the background vocal one-shots. They’re ridiculously catchy and bring the track to whole new level.

For this week’s Songwriting Club prompt, try writing a song that has a repetitive vocal one-shot line or some other background vocals.

Here’s what I came up with:

      

Digging these sounds? Check out this Collection to get your hands on the samples that were used in the track. Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a sound you found on Splice Sounds, let us know! If you want to use Splice Sounds in your song but don’t have an account, get your first month free with the code songwriting.

If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and toss the link in the comments below. Before you share, just make sure you’re following these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your track aligns with the prompt – it should be something that you’ve specifically written in response to this blog post.
  2. No promotional posts – no links to contests, social media pages, etc.
  3. Comment on at least one other person’s song before you go – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.
  4. Give a quick summary of your goals for your song – asking for feedback on specific aspects (ex. the lyrics, chord progression, etc.) is also recommended!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

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September 20, 2019

Katie Smith Katie is an Artist Marketing Manager at Splice and a singer / songwriter under the moniker Lewis Lane.