Shanti Wintergate (Play Date)
SPB: What is the biggest different in how you approach writing a song for children as compared to writing a song for adults?
Wintergate: I would have to say the actual approach and process is pretty much the same. We set out to make authentic, thoughtful music for kids and families. So as much as we maybe stick to a more positive or playful energy or themes with the kids stuff, the musical approach and genuine care in the songwriting and production is the same. We want to enjoy listening to it ourselves and for it to even move us in some way. It’s all we can go on, ya know. :)
When we first started making music for kids, there wasn’t a lot of options for kids music that didn’t make your ears want to bleed after listening to it 100 times (which is what happens with kids). There wasn’t a lot out there with heart and soul to it...and I don’t mean “soul” as a genre but, you know, depth, substance, care. Isn’t that what we all want for our children?!
Anyway, now there’s a lot more to choose from out there from people that I think felt just like we did. If you look at the children’s category of nominations for the Grammy’s, there are way more independent “kindle” artists getting nominated. It’s not all Disney and Kids Bop... so maybe there’s some hope! :)