Before her staking her claim as R&B’s leading newbie, Keri Hilson served as the mastermind behind many a Pop classic.
Lending her skills to Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout‘ and many a jam for Ciara, Hilson is also the reason for Beyonce‘s verse in Usher‘s ‘Love In This Club‘ remix and Omarion‘s only solo hit ‘Ice Box‘.
However, despite the feats scored by the likes of she, Beyonce, Diane Warren and Makeba Riddick, the success rate of female songwriters is considerably low when weighed up against that of their male counterparts.
Her thoughts on the issue below…
Speaking to The Boom Box, she admitted:
It still is a male-dominated world, but there are some amazing songwriters that are doing their thing. It’s becoming more balanced, but there are still way more successful men.
I don’t know that you can [say] that it’s easier or harder for women.
It’s such a saturated market now that everyone has the equipment to be a songwriter and a producer. That’s due to the onset of songwriters also getting as much notoriety as producers have gotten. It was such a producer-driven game.
The one thing that females are going to run into is not being taken seriously. We’re women, and it is male-dominated.
You have to demand an equal amount of respect, and the way you do that is do what you came to do — impress them and leave. If you make a wrong decision, it’s going to make it that much harder.
Me, I’ve never had that problem. I come and do my job, stay until the job is done and I leave. That’s the only hardship that women run into. A lot of times it’s a dark room, in the middle of the night, we’re working ’til morning. These are circumstances that are not normal.
If you demand respect, the sessions will go as comfortable as you are. Bottom line: Just keep it professional.