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Story: Dan Nichols Learning to collaborate

Author: Dan Nichols

My long term songwriting partner Chris Walker and I wrote our parts alone for our bands Railroad Bill and Punks Not Dad. In both cases we were reliant on our bands to see through our vision.

When we came to form our latest band, the Naked Citizens, it was an aim for both of us to collaborate more, but until we tried to work in new ways I don't actually think we knew what proper collaboration was. Our idea was to have a different singer on every song. We wanted people's talents on board to achieve our vision and asked Rob Smith and the singers and musicians as well as producer Charlie Francis for their input.

What happened when we really started working together though was that it became about pooling our talents to create the vision as well as the execution. shared ownership creates a sense of team work and has allowed us to hit highs we wouldn't otherwise have done. An approach we continued in the recent 10 Minute musicals project which Rob and I did with Jenny Allan instead of Chris Walker. 

Shared responsibility creates a camaraderie of spirit that in turn inspires friendships that can go missing from "learn your part" type projects, It's quite inspiring and builds bonds that last.

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