'Songland' sneak peek: Aloe Blacc talks soundtracking 'Hobbs & Shaw' and about what the right song means to him
Buckle up 'Songland' fans, as the series is taking its next episode to a whole new level.
The NBC series features songwriters who pitch their songs to featured artistes hoping their hard work pays off and they impress the judges enough to earn them a chance to get their song recorded by the artiste. Till date, there have been five episodes that have aired on 'Songland'. Artistes like John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Jonas Brothers, will.i.am, and Kelsea Ballerini have appeared on the show till date and found their next hit singles.
This week, when Songland returns, the winning songwriter will have a major advantage. If you're wondering why so, it is because Aloe Blacc is the featured artiste and the song he chooses will be featured in the forthcoming 'Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs and Shaw' movie.
The four songwriters who will be competing against each other for a chance to have their song chosen by Blacc are Afika, Kyle Williams, TVTE and Steve Fee. Prior to the episode airing, the series released a sneak peek of Aloe Blacc talking about making the soundtrack for 'Hobbs & Shaw' and about what makes a song great.
Blacc is heard saying: "First thing I notice about a song is the emotion that it brings. It could be music or lyrics, but if the music is bringing in great emotion, it will touch me in a way I'll never forget ."
He also shared that he always wants his listeners to notice the lyrics first because as a lyricist it is so important to get that right. Continuing he said, "The story should drive the song. If the lyric is really right and looks good on paper, then it can serve so many more purposes than just recording."
Talking about soundtracking for the movie, Blacc said, "Finding the right song out of songwriters who brought us their hopes and dreams and then pairing that with my voice, my style, and the film, it's a really daunting task. It is no easy feat. We put our best effort forward to make sure the song chosen matches my artistry, and we're honest about it, and we make sure the song also manages the scenes we're looking to sync and we really can't go wrong. We don't sing songs to depress people. We sing songs to share humanity and to celebrate life, and a good hook will help you do both of those."
According to Blacc what makes music great is offering the listener the opportunity to feel alive. Continuing he said, "As a songwriter and recording artiste it is my opportunity to give people a chance to feel like the best versions of themselves."
'Songland' airs every Tuesday night on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.