I usually start with finding a melody I like. The first sign of a successful melody is playing one stream of chords or notes again and again because it sticks in my head. For example, I’ll be practicing and experimenting with new progression, and if I really like one, I’ll revert back to playing it with out any planning – so it comes out naturally. Next, I’ll structure the melody on the piano and write lyrics to the melody I have and bring it into the studio to start structuring it into a real piece. On my first EP, Stick Around, I worked with my producer Andrew Seltzer on fine-tuning the songs’ melodies and lyrics. Then the production stage would start and we would add different instruments, and record vocals till we felt confident that we have a good final product.