Co-writing project launched for students on Auckland's North Shore

Singer-songwriter Ciaran McMeeken and Takapuna Library librarian Lisa Hampe, are collaborating to create Co.Vibe, a ...

Singer-songwriter Ciaran McMeeken and Takapuna Library librarian Lisa Hampe, are collaborating to create Co.Vibe, a project promoting co-writing songs.

More minds at work creates stronger music - that's the premise behind a new collaboration project spearheaded by a Kiwi musician.

Singer-songwriter Ciaran McMeeken noticed an absence of collaboration in New Zealand.

"I went to Europe last year on a co-writing trip. I absolutely loved it, it's such an amazing process really connecting and sharing your world with someone and turning that into a song," McMeeken said.

"Here that's not really happening. There's an underlying tone of disconnection among Kiwi musicians."

So he's teamed up with Takapuna Library to create Co.Vibe a project which will partner established Kiwi musicians with aspiring songwriters to create music.

"This is what the rest of the world is doing. Everyone is really working together and there's such a high output of really successful songs," he said.

"New Zealand has all these incredible musicians doing their own thing. If you get together the song becomes stronger, there are more minds at work."

The project is aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds, serious about songwriting, "and with real willingness and eagerness to collaborate with others". It will see them partnered with and collaborate with either McMeeken or Abby Wolfe.

"Abby and I share the same approach to collaboration," said McMeeken.

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"It gets really personal so we want to create a really safe space. We start by asking what's the biggest thing impacting your life right now then explore that."

Music producer Greg Haver will help select the students, McMeeken said.

"We're really looking for certain qualities. I doesn't have to be the best voice or singer, it's the connection within the song."

McMeeken said while some people would be hesitant to share the songwriting process he'd encourage them to step out of their comfort zones.

"It is such a personal space people are used to, it's really scary to share that with someone," he said.

Co.Vibe is being piloted in the Devonport-Takapuna region, where McMeeken and Wolfe live with plans to do an Auckland-wide project in 2018 with other musicians.

Takapuna's programme and events librarian Lisa Hampe said the underlying reason for the project was to support the next generation.

"Our future within libraries isn't just holding information, it's supporting our community," Hampe said.

"Our task is also to proactively encourage and engage our local community and promote innovation in different modes."

In order to be eligible, students need to be 16 to 18, and have written at least five songs either individually or as part of a group.

For more information email or find Co.Vibe on instagram.

Applications for the project are open until October 30. The songs will be written and recorded in workshops at Fort Takapuna on November 29 and 30 and showcased on December 1 from 7pm at Takapuna Library.

 - Stuff

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