Creates well-crafted, accessible, and emotionally convincing songs in a wide range of styles. He is fulfilling this ambition in great style, drawing upon his deep reservoir of experience in just about every aspect of the music business.
Behm has a well-developed philosophy about the art and goal of songwriting. For him, it is all about communication, sending the singer's message to the heart and head of the listener in the clearest and most powerful fashion. "To me, a song is like a spoken dialogue that has a realness to it. Does it feel authentic? To me that is more important than being clever with big and unique words. Those songs do not last."
Memorable melodies are another Behm signature. "What translates to mass media are songs that are easy to remember and that become the backdrop of people's lives. In this arena, that means the songs of artists like Adam Levine and Bruno Mars."
Few songwriters pay as much attention to detail as Michael Behm. He knows the power of song lyrics, so he treats them with reverence. "Words have a powerful frequency to them," he notes. "When you speak them with emotion, and put them out into the universe you alter the physical. The more emotion you put into the words, the more you alter the physical world. When I'm writing every word matters!"
Behm can be viewed as a stylistic chameleon, changing colours depending on the musical personality of his collaborators. He writes hits in the pop, rock, country, roots and dance music genres, while both the songs and the evocative instrumentals he writes and produces regularly attract placements in TV series, films and commercials.
In 2012, Michael was nominated for SOCAN / BCCMA songwriter of the year in 2012 and 2013, and he has co-written hundreds of songs with such legendary Nashville and LA writers as Pamela Oland, (Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin), and Ralph Murphy (three Behm-Murphy co-writes have been recently recorded by rising Nashville star Nick Culton). Other collaborators have included Risto Asikaiean (they've written a song for Sony Artist Isaac Elliot) and Vancouver writers Kate Morgan and Angela Harris.
A happy hunting ground for Michael's music is Scandinavia. He has been collaborating with prolific Finnish hitmaker Risto Asikainen, and they scored a recent hit, "Pop Goes My Heart," in Finland with rising young star Isaac Eliot. The song was also featured in hit Finnish film Ella ja kaverit. Other recent cuts include songs covered by South African act Heuning, British band The Enlights, German hard rockers Velvet Steel and Fahrenheit, Czech singer Debi, Norway's Tiffany Huston, and Canadian Celeste Levis.
Some of the songs Michael Behm comes up with do double duty. "All the songs start out as instrumentals, and they can get pitched separately," he explains. This versatility helps explain the great success he has enjoyed in securing TV and film placements. "I had around 500 placements last year, and 30 just last week," he says.
Just a partial list of shows and channels using his songs in the past few months include America's Got Talent, Car Chasers, American Idol, Auction Kings, American Hot Rod, National Geographic, Discovery, and MTV Europe. One of his songs, an AC/DC soundalike tune, scored nine plays on CNBC in just two days. "It's a gift that keeps on giving," says Michael. "If you come up with a great piece of music, then music supervisors will use it again and again."
International opportunities for Michael's work keep opening up. He has long been a regular attendee at the big MIDEM music industry conference in France, and this year's visit clinched him a major publishing deal in Brazil. Further proof that a great song or piece of music will always travel well.
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