Songwriting camps are a staple of the Eurovision Song Contest. They’re places where songwriters can draw inspiration from like-minded people in the industry and collab with artists on potential hits — and songs for our beloved contest.
You could literally attend a songwriting camp every single weekend somewhere in Europe and beyond. As we reported in June, a group of songwriters and performers (including Holly Tandy, Mørland and the BBC’s former music consultant Greig Watts) were spotted in Woking, England at a camp, which we’ve learned from insiders was for the Swiss internal selection.
And recently our Insta feeds put another camp — this one in The Netherlands — on our radar. This particular songwriting camp wasn’t set up to write for one specific country. Instead it’s focused on writing potential Eurovision songs for artists from anywhere. #ComeTogether. #CelebrateDiversity. #ShareThe Moment!
Publishing and recording label Cloud 9 Music organized the camp. The label represents a variety of artists, mostly active in the electronic dance music department (Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand and Armin van Buuren) and the Dutch rap/hiphop scene.
Among the attendees was the singer-songwriter Emy Perez, who is responsible for co-writing Eleni Foureira’s last single “Loquita”. Others included the singer PollyAnna, who has written songs for some of the biggest DJ’s around, YouTube phenomenon Emma Heesters and Belgian DJ Regi. Dutch singers Jayh, Tim Dawn and Jake Reese were also invited to the party. Former BBC music consultant Greig Watts — who worked with the UK on Eurovision: You Decide in 2018 and 2019 — paid a visit, too.
One of the organisers, Pieter van Bodegraven, currently Head of Synchronization at Cloud 9 Music, is among the most experienced men in the Dutch publishing industry. He represented Tiësto and Afrojack. He also used to co-own music publishing company Talpa Music.
Are you excited to see all of these names in one place? Do you think the Dutch songwriting camp could produced an epic hit? And would you like to see the Dutchies go with something in the electronic dance genre? Let us know down below!