Today we’d like to introduce you to Marc Schneider and Savvy Giersch.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Schmarx and I found each other at a time of big changes. I had been waiting tables and songwriting on the side in Austin, TX, and he was living in Nashville, contemplating taking the leap of quitting his day job to become a freelance music producer. During a visit to Nashville, a mutual friend of ours introduced us because we both loved writing pop music.
The connection was pretty instant. To the point where I was driving back to Texas, already planning when I was going to move. Over the next few months, Schmarx and I wrote songs constantly over email, sending each other ideas back and forth, Postal Service style. They’re a LITTLE embarrassing to listen to now, but those songs are so special to us because they were the soundtrack of finding in each other, a musical soulmate. And crazily enough, about a month in, we also realized we have the same exact birthday, date and year. I have him by about 3 hours.
Once we were both in Nashville, we kept writing and navigating the scene with each other. We also started dating, which brought its own set of awesomeness/challenges associated with working with your significant other.
Pretty soon, we started seeking out publishing deals for support so I could finally burn my waitress apron for good. Publishing deals in Nashville are notoriously hard to get, and everyone said we couldn’t get signed together. Took about three years, but we did it.
Soon after, we felt like LA was where we needed to be. We decided to take the chance and move and we’re the happiest we’ve ever been, getting to work with amazing musical artists that inspire us every day. We get to hear our songs performed live and watch them get released. We’ve also begun releasing our own music, which is such an exciting new territory. We found our manager, who is our lifeline, and now a life long friend. There are always struggles, especially mental ones when you’re working in such a competitive, creative field. But when we zoom out, our journey has only ever been going up.
We are both so grateful to be able to write and produce full time. It’s been seven years since we first met, and we spend a LOT of time together, but to this day, the only fights we have are about drum sounds. I’d say we’re doing alright.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Um, making rent and buying groceries, lol. At one point, our car stopped working, and we had to walk 4 miles round trip in 19-degree weather just to buy cat food and a couple of cans of beans.
The first challenge though, was learning how to work with each other once we were both in Nashville, and figuring out we also wanted a relationship. When co-writing, you have to be vulnerable and honest, and we had to learn very quickly how to not take things personally.
Mostly, the struggles are internal. There is no roadmap to becoming a successful songwriter. Sometimes we can go months without any real validation. But when exciting things happen, the rush is so incredible that it always makes the tougher times completely worth it. It’s made us realize what our definition of success is, and we try to always remind ourselves how lucky we are to be living out our passion. That shouldn’t be a hard thing to remember, but sometimes it really is.
Please tell us about Schmarx & Savvy.
“Schmarx & Savvy” is a songwriting/production duo. We have artists come over to our studio 3-4 times a week, and we write songs with them either for their own projects, or to pitch to other artists. We also write for film and tv. After the song is written, we produce it, adding instrumentation, drums, etc. Whatever takes it to sounding like a finished record.
I think our biggest strength and what we’re both most proud of is the environment we can set up for the artists and writers we work with. We are very happy, open people, and I think that others can sense that. They then can feel free enough to be themselves and dive into writing music with no inhibitions. They can laugh, cry (which of course, makes ME cry), and that kind of honesty is what makes for great songs.
What sets us apart is our ability to hop around and write in any genre. We’ve both struggled at one point or another feeling like we can never quite fit in to one place. But over time, we’ve realized that isn’t a flaw but is actually our greatest asset. No one has a writing style quite like ours, and I think people like working with us because we don’t believe in trying to fit inside boxes. A lot of times that is the very thing that can help an artist define their personal sound.
Plus, we have a candy dish.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Schmarx- First time I saw the ocean. I was 3 or 4 visiting my grandparents in San Diego. It was so exciting to run into the ocean, but then I’d quickly run back to avoid the crashing waves since I was only about 3 feet tall.
Savvy- Playing outside in Virginia during the summer, wading around in our creek. We had a waterfall that my older sister and cousins would climb behind.
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