I am often asked, when you write a new song, do you write the lyrics or the melody first, how do you do it?
The answer is this, first I think of a certain topic that touches me, that concerns me or that I think would touch my fans.
When the topic is clear to me, I usually take my guitar, play a few chords and hum a melody. Basically, I always start with the chorus.
I then type the text on the computer roughly finding it has more and more text and melody including the chords. When writing from the heart that can happen.
It's always important to me that the chorus is kept simple, that my fans and friends have it in their ears immediately. Simple doesn't mean primitive, but sometimes it's not easy to translate a challenging text into a catchy melody. The chorus is simply the most important because it is the cornerstone that the listeners can't get it out of their heads later on. Then I sit down and usually write 2-3 verses that go with it.
In music, of course, you choose the pitch where you feel most comfortable vocally. I usually write the song between one and two hours.
Later the song will be worked on again and the final textual or musical changes will be made. Then I sing the song in my home studio, i.e. with guitar and vocals.
In a week at the latest I will know whether the new song has a chance. The song will get a chance if I'm still enthusiastic about the song after a week.
Then it's off to the studio, the arrangement will be worked on and a new baby is born.