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Write on Track: A Songwriting Podcast

Demi Michelle Schwartz

Welcome to Write on Track: A Songwriting Podcast. Host and songwriter Demi Michelle Schwartz invites you on a journey like no other. Demi explores all aspects of being a songwriter, from the craft of songwriting to the music business and beyond. Catch new episodes every other Sunday and tune into all of the unforgettable conversations Demi has with songwriters, artists, radio presenters, music industry professionals, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Kick back and relax, don’t fall flat, and remember, stay “write on track!”

Episode 62 - Anxiety and Self-Esteem in the Music Industry with Emme Lentino
4d ago
Episode 62 - Anxiety and Self-Esteem in the Music Industry with Emme Lentino
Experiencing anxiety and maintaining a healthy self-esteem are two aspects of being an artist that are important to talk about. I’m honored to welcome Emme Lentino onto the show for a very authentic chat about anxiety and self-esteem in the music industry. Mental health is important to both of us, so what we discuss in this episode is close to our hearts. The quote for this episode is by Chelsea Handler: “I still get anxiety about things I have to do professionally, and I’m pretty sure I always will. Knowing that’s part of the process helps me focus not on the worry itself but on the sense of accomplishment I’ll feel afterward. I get more from going through with something than from walking away.” Emme and I had such an open and honest conversation about anxiety and self-esteem that I’m honored to share. We talk about overcoming anxiety, balancing what we have to do as songwriters and artists and being mindful of what we can handle, knowing when to take a step back and reflect on how what we’re doing is affecting our creativity and mental health, setting boundaries and having a routine, overcoming performance anxiety, dealing with anxiety while networking with music industry professionals, having a healthy relationship with social media, developing a positive mindset to maintain a healthy self-esteem, protecting our mental health, treating ourselves with kindness, and more. My conversation with Emme is so inspiring, and I hope you enjoy it. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 61 - Graphic Design for Artists with Eddie Davis
4d ago
Episode 61 - Graphic Design for Artists with Eddie Davis
Graphic design is such an essential part of an artist’s brand and music career. From artwork for releases to promotional graphics, each piece of art should be created with intention. I’m so honored to bring you an inspiring and informative conversation about graphic design for artists with one of my graphic designers, Eddie Davis. The quote for this episode is by Edward de Bono: “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” I love my conversation with Eddie about graphic design. We talk about the importance of creativity, balancing personal preferences with what’s effective in the market, understanding the vision of the project, the purpose the artwork is meant to serve, the difference between a standalone piece of art and one that’s part of a greater project, setting expectations in writing, establishing a brand identity, the importance of paying attention to details, the process of creating artwork for a music release, creating promo graphics, finding a balance between the value of the music artist and graphic designer, and more. I enjoyed having Eddie on the show for such a fabulous conversation. I hope it gives you an informative overview of graphic design for artists. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 60 - Trusting Inspiration with Trace Ellis
4d ago
Episode 60 - Trusting Inspiration with Trace Ellis
Inspiration is all around us, and as songwriters, we have to trust inspiration. Sometimes, it can be difficult to know which song ideas hold the most potential. It can be hard to embrace new ideas when doubts cloud inspiring moments. Still, finding ways to open our hearts and minds to inspiration leads to our most amazing songs. I’m so excited to welcome Trace Ellis onto the show to chat all about trusting inspiration. The quote for this episode is by Prince: “Sometimes ideas are coming so fast that I have to stop doing one song to get another. But I don’t forget the first one. If it works, it will always be there. It’s like the truth: it will find you and lift you up. And if it ain’t right, it will dissolve like sand on the beach.” Trace and I explore inspiration in such an honest way. We talk about knowing which songs hold potential, writing more than one song at a time, what inspiration means to us, noticing what inspires us to write, overcoming negative thoughts and insecurities that make us doubt our inspiration and songwriting, revisiting songs with a fresh perspective, deciding factors for our best songs, and more. I enjoyed my conversation with Trace, and I hope it inspires you. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 59 - Finding Comfort in Saying Goodbye and Writing Vulnerable Songs with Emily Faye
Jun 12 2022
Episode 59 - Finding Comfort in Saying Goodbye and Writing Vulnerable Songs with Emily Faye
As songwriters, the gift of our craft allows us to pour our thoughts and feelings out and turn them into songs that bring us comfort. I’m delighted to share a very special conversation with Emily Faye that explores finding comfort in saying goodbye and the journey of writing vulnerable songs. The quote for this episode is by Maya Angelou: “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” My conversation with Emily is unique and completely different from the other conversations on the show. I loved getting to explore the universal experience of saying goodbye in such a beautiful and honest way. We talk about the meaning of home, the story behind Emily’s single, “When It Comes to Leaving,” the comfort of the songwriting process, knowing when a song is a special one, the power of songs with universal messages, the magic of performing vulnerable songs unplugged, releasing a vulnerable and comforting song, production and genre decisions, the beauty of acoustic and reimagined versions of songs, advice for writing vulnerable songs, co-writing a personal song, and more. I loved having Emily on the show, and I hope our conversation brings you comfort and inspires you. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 57 - Networking for Songwriters with Kevin McCarty from We Should Write Sometime
Jun 12 2022
Episode 57 - Networking for Songwriters with Kevin McCarty from We Should Write Sometime
Networking is absolutely key for songwriters. It requires many personal and professional skills to network effectively and build a good reputation in the music industry. I’m so honored to welcome Kevin McCarty, who is the co-founder and CEO of We Should Write Sometime, onto the show to talk all about networking for songwriters. The quote for this episode is by Sallie Krawcheck: “My advice for folks on networking is give, give, give. You will later receive. But you are really planting these seeds. Some of them will die, and they won’t become anything. Many of them will take many, many years before they pay off for you if at all.” Kevin and I cover so much in our conversation. We discuss being selfless and giving back to the music industry, showing kindness and being a good person, the beauty of collaboration, efficiency in finding co-writers, the importance of research, the mission of We Should Write Sometime and a detailed overview of the app, and more. My chat with Kevin was such a delight. I hope you enjoy it, and if you’re a songwriter, be sure to check out We Should Write Sometime. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 54 - Music Entrepreneurship with Fabiana Claure
May 15 2022
Episode 54 - Music Entrepreneurship with Fabiana Claure
Music and business are so closely related. In order to be successful in the music business, musicians have to develop their musicianship while also diving into the world of entrepreneurship. I’m so honored to welcome Dr. Fabiana Claure onto the show to talk all about music entrepreneurship and succeeding as a musician. Fabiana is a pianist, business strategist for musicians, educator, and the founder of her flagship program, Musician’s Profit Umbrella. The knowledge and skills she has acquired over the years led her to become a shining star in music entrepreneurship. The quote for this episode is by Thomas Edison: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Fabiana and I had such an informative and inspiring conversation that I’m blessed I’m able to share. We talk about the entrepreneurial mindset, skills necessary for success, developing a clear vision that aligns with personal values, the balance between personal and professional development, accountability, tips for avoiding burnout, and more. I can’t thank Fabiana enough for taking time to speak with me. I learned so much from my conversation with her, and I hope you enjoy listening to all of her wisdom and advice. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 52 - Jumping Songwriting Hurdles in a Mindful Way with Lisa McEwen
May 1 2022
Episode 52 - Jumping Songwriting Hurdles in a Mindful Way with Lisa McEwen
The music business is always changing, and despite moments of success, there will always be obstacles we have to face as songwriters. I’m honored to welcome Lisa McEwen onto the show to chat all about jumping songwriting hurdles in a mindful way. The quote for this episode is by Wendy Starland: “The people who come out on top in music business have persistence. It is key! Fall down seven times; stand up eight. It takes a lot of courage and an unwavering belief in yourself and your abilities.” Lisa and I talk all about the many obstacles we have to overcome and share advice for how to do so in a mindful way. We discuss overcoming shiness and finding the courage to put ourselves out there, imposter syndrome and dealing with thoughts and feelings of unworthiness, rejection and getting ignored, self-awareness, having supportive people around us, and more. This is truly an outstanding conversation that is full of priceless gems. Through sharing our own experiences, Lisa and I paint a realistic picture of what it’s like to be a songwriter. We hope our honesty and advice empowers you to jump the hurdles in your path as you continue on your songwriting journey. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”
Episode 51 - Finding Comfort and Empowerment Through Music with Matteson Gregory
May 1 2022
Episode 51 - Finding Comfort and Empowerment Through Music with Matteson Gregory
It’s May 1, which means it’s the first day of Mental Health Awareness Month. Music has the ability to bring us comfort and empower us when we need it most. I’m delighted to welcome Matteson Gregory back to the show for a very special and important conversation about finding comfort and empowerment through music. The quote for this episode is by Taylor Swift: “People haven’t always been there for me, but music always has.” Matteson and I have such an open and honest conversation about how music has been there for us. From comforting us and making us feel less alone to empowering us, music has been something we both turn to during challenging times. We experience these feelings of comfort and empowerment both as songwriters and listeners of music. Matteson shares the story behind her song, “War with Myself,” and goes deep with what it means to her, favorite lyrics, and more. I do the same with my debut single, “Into Focus.” Then, we share our top five favorite songs by other artists that bring us comfort and empower us. Also, Matteson and I share advice for writing these kinds of songs, talk about the beautiful community aspect of music, and much more. We hope this conversation puts a smile on your face and makes you feel seen and heard. Just like Taylor Swift said, music will always be there for you. Are you enjoying Write on Track? Do you have a topic suggestion for an episode? Would you like to be a guest? Email me at writeontrackpodcast@gmail.com. Also, I’d love to connect with you. My official website is and you can find me on Twitter at Instagram at and Facebook at you so much for listening. Until next time, stay “write on track!”