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X Ambassadors talks songwriting, recording techniques at convo event

Only hours before playing in front of a packed audience at Live on the Green Friday night, X Ambassadors stopped by Belmont to speak with students in a convocation put on by the Belmont University Songwriters’ Association.

Band members Sam Harris, Casey Harris and Adam Levin gave students encouragement about making it in the music industry, telling them that it doesn’t always take a lot of money to create a successful song.

Even with a large following, a record deal and hit songs like “Renegades” and “Jungle,” the band still records vocals on an $80 SM58 microphone, Casey Harris said.

And when it comes to songwriting, the band members get uncomfortable just like an amateur might.

Take the popular song “Unsteady,” for example. Sam Harris wrote the song about his family life growing up, and the lyrics are deeply personal.

“I know that my family members are going to hear this, and I know my parents are going to hear this. It’s about divorce and a family being split apart,” he said.

“It’s all about directing people to what the real meaning of the song is.”

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This article written by Robert Redel.

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