Who we are

We are James Lindsay and Rob Shiels, a songwriting, co-writing and production duo based in Ireland and operating internationally. We specialise in writing commercial toplines & lyrics and produce across a wide range of genres.

What we do
Commercial Songwriting

Are you a recording artist looking for songs? Are you a marketing company looking for tracks to sync to an ad campaign? We write to briefs and can deliver the work you need.

Pop Co-Writing

Are you an artist looking to co-write your next big hit? We want to sit in a room with you and write the song that will take your career to the next level.

Arrangement and Production

Working on an EP or album? No matter what genre of pop you work in, we can deliver top professional arrangements and productions.

We’re running a Songwriting Evening Class in Dublin

Twin Monarch's Rob will be teaching an 8-week songwriting evening class in Marino College Dublin this autumn.   Course Details: Are you a budding songwriter looking to improve your skills? Are you a seasoned writer hoping to hone your craft? This course is for songwriters of all levels: It will give novice writers a solid grounding in the art of…

The three lads from the Blurred Lines video
4 Songwriting Personas to Avoid
(Unless You Want To Sound Like An Arsehole)

It’s fun to write a song from the perspective of an unpleasant character.  Pop music has enough love songs, so it can be refreshing to write something from an alternative angle.  However, if you want a career as a pro songwriter, be aware that prospective artists are unlikely to want songs that portray them in a negative light.  Artists want…

Ed Sheeran and Elvis, together at last
The History of the Tonight Trick in Popular Music

Elvis used it, Ed Sheeran uses it.  In this month's songwriting article, we take a look at one of the most enduring (and embarrassing) clichés of popular music: putting ‘tonight’ at the end of a chorus.  We've also compiled some Spotify playlists for reference below the article.   Is your heart filled with pain, Shall I come back again? Tell…

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