My name is Richie Gilbert and I'm the guy behind Inspired Songwriting Tips.
I'm obsessed with learning how to write great songs.
I'm no expert (yet), but I do feel that I've learned a lot about the process over the years.
I'm also obsessed with producing the best recordings of my songs that I can.
I use these recordings to pitch my songs to music publishers, in the hope that they can be placed.
I was born in Luton, England where I lived until the age of twelve. That's when my family pulled up roots and moved to the U.S.
I've loved music for as long as I can remember, and grew up listening to my Mum and Dad's rock'n'roll 45's. The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers; you name it, I loved it!
I began playing the "drums" to these records on my Mum's couch with real drumsticks when I was only four or five. (For you younglings, "records" were thin, black, plastic discs with a hole in the middle. They were played on a "turntable"!)
I graduated to real drums at the age of ten, and shortly afterward picked up the guitar. The guitar would prove to be my true love. I learned to play listening to Queen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and many other big names of the seventies.
At fifteen I started my first band Joker, with some friends from school. We played at youth centres, graduation parties and even got featured on a local cable television show.
At seventeen I joined my brothers' heavy metal band Dammaj (pronounced damage). Throughout the Eighties we played at some of the biggest clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, supporting acts such as Y&T, Motorhead and Nazareth.
It was during this time that I began writing songs. Dammaj recorded an album, "Mutiny", which was released throughout Europe in 1986, on Roadrunner Records.
In the Nineties I played in the bands Jack The Lad and Krenshaw, but found myself becoming more passionate about songwriting than I was about playing live.
I also began building my home recording studio, something that has been evolving for almost twenty years now.
When I'm not spending time with my family, I can be found writing, recording, and pitching my songs to publishers and music supervisors. I still enjoy writing with and playing select shows with my brothers in Dammaj.
I also spend a fair amount of time working on this website.
I designed this site to help you, to challenge you, and to inspire you to think of new ways to improve your craft.
Please feel free to drop me a line and let me know if any of the info has been helpful to you.
To your songwriting success!