Anonymous said: I'm a songwriter, and your band is a huge inspiration to me. What's the songwriting process like for you? How long does it take to complete one song and get your emotions out on paper?
ahhh thank you so much!!!!
my process differs depending on what I’m writing but i’ll just give you a breakdown of the different styles I guess
Sloppy Jane/Angry journal entry-type songs (ex: rhoda’s revenge, queen of sludge mountain, prayer)
for these songs I usually start with inspiration from media. Like, movies or television. lines or images that are inspiring to me. Sometimes I will spend entire days watching Law and Order with a pen and paper just jotting down line segments I like and then I string them together later. I am v influenced by movies and tv.
Love songs/breakup songs:
(ex: Pieces, Wilt, even Wish Me Well really)
Usually what I do with these songs is I write them all the way through stating my feelings literally. This usually ends up sounding really cliche and terrible, but once I finish the whole thing I go all the way through and find more creative ways to make the statements I wanted to make. The songs are always much more literal than they even sound, honestly. The more personal you make them, the more abstract they are going to seem to people who don’t know you.
Catchy/Pop songs (ex: angriest girl, the pop songs I write for other people)
Those always start with a hook and go from there
Songs can take me anywhere from 20 minutes to a few weeks to finish. It really depends. And I pick at them forever.
I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions <3