Learn Music's Most Widely Used Formula

“How the Addiction Formula Can Transform Your Songs Into Audience Magnets Step-By-Step”

Let me ask you something (and please be honest here):

…Are you scared shitless of not being able to make a living with your music? Of not being able to support a family or pay off your debts and rent?

…What if it turns out that your songs aren’t good enough? What if no one “gets” your music? Or worse: What if no one even hears your songs?

…What if you fail? What if you have to admit to yourself that being a professional songwriter just isn’t cut out for you? What if you have to work at Burger King for the rest of your life?

…What would your friends say? What would your parents say? What would those guys from high school who always doubted you say? What would it mean to you?

These are some of the questions that haunted me back when I started my songwriting studies. All bridges were burned, no way back, I was doing this. My life was about music now.

Of course, everyone had told me I shouldn’t.

Artists starve, everyone knows that. But I believed in my songs, KNEW I could do it if I tried hard enough. I had been writing songs for various bands for the past 5 years. I felt confident.

But then I met the other music students. And I realized I wasn’t as great a songwriter as I had thought. I might’ve been the best from everyone I knew back in my home town, but here…
This hit me hard. All of a sudden, my dreams seemed destroyed. I was going to die an insignificant, lonely death, humilated and ashamed. I felt like a loser.

But then one day, SOMETHING HAPPENED.

We had a hit songwriter/producer do a guest lecture for us. We all showed him our songs and got our feedback. The guy listened (usually until the second verse), stopped the song and began with his feedback.

Then we got to my song. And something strange happened: He didn’t stop the recording. The whole class listened to he entire song.

When it was over, nobody said a word, the song still hanging in the air. Even the producer was quiet for another couple of seconds (which felt like minutes) before he said “Wow…”

(By the way, my song wasn’t even overly short – quite the contrary actually, it was over 4,5 minutes. And it certainly wasn’t my production skills either – I was definitely the worst producer in the class)

There was something about that song. I didn’t know it then, but in my five autodidactic years before my studies I had taught myself an approach to songwriting that none of my colleagues knew about.

I never saw this approach anywhere else, but I heard it in literally every hit song of the past 25 years. Without knowing it, I had found a rule of hit songwriting.

It has been my secret ever since and I now use it systematically to captivate my audience. I call this technique “Lyric-Less Storytelling” and it plays a huge part in my Songwriting Circle:
Arc & Energy (in the upper left corner) are what Lyric-Less Storytelling is all about.

The first time I consciously used this formula in a song, I immediately won an award with it (two years in a row, actually). And after that, everything happened rather quickly:

My music went to Cannes Film Festival, I played HUGE festivals in front of over 100,000 people, performed on prime-time television, wrote for Ubisoft and Apple, and worked for Erwin Steijlen (Pink, Shakira), René Merkelbach (Within Temptation) and Jeff Rona (God of War).

Look, I don’t mean to brag, but I want to show you that this formula actually works. Using Lyric-Less Storytelling in your songs will give you a clear advantage over 99.9% of the writers out there.

So This Is About Hook-Writing, Then?

Actually, far from it. Captivating an audience has nothing to do with hooks. This is a common misconception amongst songwriters, but

Hooks don't actually hook.
Read that sentence again, because it is important: Hooks don’t hook. They may be useful for other things, like memorability, but they don't grab your attention.

Why do you think A&Rs only listen to the first 15 seconds of a song to see if they can sell it? They turn your song off before they even HEAR your hook! They are listening for Production, Up-To-Date-Ness and… Lyric-Less Storytelling.

Here are some of the secrets you will learn inside:

• How to write that certain kind of addictive song that turns listeners into fans, fans into SUPERFANS and superfans into buyers – p.50-69

• Learn the most popular form in the world and how the best songwriters use it. This is a master class in writing the perfect pop song – p.70-96

• The new face of lyrics and why thinking about them the old way makes it so hard for you to come up with something great – p.165-187

• How production has woven its way into modern songwriting and how to use it to make your songs STAND OUT – p.188-197

• Learn my most valuable tools when writing a hit song: hype, tension & implied tension – p.43, 44-46, 110-115

• How your workflow is screwing up your results and what to do instead – p.25-31

• Learn how Hollywood has been captivating its audiences for DECADES and how this principle can be used in songwriting – p.70-81

• How to create your own, original techniques that you can use in a song TODAY (this is the only songwriting book in the world teaching this) – p.202-205

• How to use the Addiction Formula in 10 simple steps – p.210-214

• A psychological tactic you can use in any song to make it INSTANTLY appealing to any audience – p.34-38

• The MAGICAL bond of space and implied tension when writing a melody that will keep your audience on the edge of their seats – p.142-143

• How to write lyrics for 2nd verses EASY and without wasting time – p.179-187

• How to keep your audience’s attention during the most boring section of every song: the second verse – p.114-115

• Learn the 10 most popular chords in hit songs and how to use them effectively in a section -p.118-122

• How to use Broken Flow and Contrary Movement to write some of the coolest drum tracks you’ve ever heard – p.128-129

• A KILLER arrangement technique to sending your song’s energy through the roof – p.133-135

• How the 5 vocal modes are used in modern hit writing – p.136-138
• The 4 vocal effects your singer can use to DRAMATICALLY increase the addiction factor of your song – p.138-139

• How to write engaging parts for guitar & bass, using its 9 picking styles, 11 modes and 12 natural effects – p.145-153

• The 7 drum modes and 4 playing styles you can use to write a drum part your drummer will enjoy playing – p.157-161

• How the Pareto Principle can be used to write better lyrics – p.171-172

• How to match up your song’s energy levels with your lyrics – p.165-167

• How to figure out your song’s power positions using the 1-2-3 rule – p.167-170

• Why telling a story with lyrics is not as strong as using structural tension – p.172-176

• Be able to tell if a lyric uses structural tension from across the room – p.178-179

• How to write lyrics EFFORTLESSLY and step-by-step – p.179-187

• How Layering, Compression, Filters, Chorusses, Distortion, Volume Automation, Stereo Enhancing Effects, SFX and Delays can be used creatively in songwriting – p.189-195

• In fact, how ANY plugin can become a valuable tool in your songwriting tool box  – p.205

• Figure out when to end or begin a section with the 1-2-3 rule – p.53-56

• The 3 key reasons why your audience turns off your songs and when – p.207-209

So what is this book all about?

• It is NOT another book with random songwriting techniques. If you’re looking for another “quick fix”, you’re in the wrong place. The Addiction Formula describes a new, holistic approach to writing that will literally transform your songs into audience magnets.

• It is NOT another book on hooks or creativity. This is all everyone seems to be writing about. Unfortunately, most of what you read is either shallow or so in-depth that it loses all connection to practice.

• It is NOT another book teaching you what a pre-chorus is. I can’t even count the amount of times I read this in a book. I KNOW WHAT A PRE-CHORUS IS, stop treating me like a child who’s never written a song before.

• It is NOT another book giving you rules that can always be broken. How many times have you heard something like  ”A hook is always the highest in pitch… well, not always, there’s exceptions of course”. What kind of a rule is THAT? The Addiction Formula focuses on a principle that has been used in every hit song of the past 25 years, no exceptions.

• It is NOT another book using techniques & examples from the 60s. This is still bugging the hell out of me: There seems to be not one modern songwriting book out there. Everyone keeps talking about Gladys Knight and the Beatles. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Beatles, but they wrote songs TWO GENERATIONS AGO!

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The Addiction Formula is NOT for you if...

You’re already selling songs like crazy. Hey, don’t fix what ain’t broke. If you are already making a living off of writing and selling songs, you probably won’t need this book. But if you’re interested in improving your songs even further and how to make them virtually irresistible then I highly recommend checking it out. You will love what you learn in Part I of this book!
Songwriting is just a hobby for you (like knitting). If you’re just writing songs for yourself and you don’t care what anyone else thinks or if your songs turn out great, then you won’t need this book. If however music is your life and you have the drive to become the best songwriter the world has ever seen then I know that this book will become an important step on the way there for you and I highly recommend trying out the technique.
You’ve never written a song before. If you’re trying to figure out how to write your first songs, this book is going way, way too far for you. In the beginning, just write. Listen to songs and see what other artists are doing and start out just copying what they do (try a different artist each time). After a while, your songs will get better naturally.


Get this book immediately if...

Your songs don’t sell and you don’t get the respect you deserve. With the subtle, psychological triggers that come with the Addiction Formula your songs will stand out and speak to your listeners on a deep, subconscious level. They won’t know what hit ‘em!
You have learned a technique or approach … but for some reason it didn’t work for YOU. My teaching style is targeted at helping you implement what you learn immediately. Moreover, after reading Part I of the book, your whole view on songwriting will change so that your writing style becomes more addictive AUTOMATICALLY.
It takes you forever to write a song. The Addiction Formula comes with a 10 step process that will severely increase your productivity so you can write songs within a day (AT NO QUALITY LOSS!)
Friends tell you that your songs sound like a lot of other stuff that’s already out there. In the book you will find a 4-step technique to building your own, unique techniques. This is the only songwriting book in the world that does this.
You are having problems writing strong, memorable pop songs. With the in-depth explanations on the “Hollywood Structure” taught in the book, you will be able to write the perfect pop song.
You have had some HIT & MISS SUCCESSES but you haven’t figured out a reliable method yet that gets you there every time.
You can only write when you’re not tired or uninspired. All the techniques given in this book can be used ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Once you understand the approach, you will be able to turn any song addictive without even thinking about it. This is invaluable when you have to make a deadline!

Remember what’s at stake here:

Option A (you don't get the book)
If your audience does NOT get hooked by your music, they will NOT listen to your entire song, which means they will not even HEAR your hook, which means they never even get to the best part, which means they will NOT hum your song in the car, which means they will NOT come back to it, which means they will NOT buy it and they will NOT tell their friends about it. In other words, you will die alone with your cats.
Option B (you DO get the book)
However, with the Addiction Formula, your listeners WILL be intrigued to hear your entire song, they WILL hear your hook, they WILL hum your song in the car, which means it’s very likely that they WILL come back to it, tell their friends about it and buy it!
💸 Tell me which one pays the bills.

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One more thing...

If you wanted to, you could probably figure out this stuff on your own. I know, because that's what I did. But it's cost me thousands of dollars and ten thousands of hours when I add up what I've invested, spent, tested, and WASTED figuring out the "good stuff" that actually works... and works consistently and predictably.

So you can invest a ton of money and time trying to figure out what works or you can short-circuit that whole process and do something of a "mind-meld" with me... and then you can be putting this material to work in your life tomorrow.

Stay gefährlich,

About the author,
Friedemann Findeisen

Friedemann Findeisen (*1989, BMus) is a creator, songwriting coach and public speaker. After jumping onto the scene in 2015 with his best-selling book "The Addiction Formula", today he is best known for his YouTube channel "Holistic Songwriting" and the Artists Series.

To this point, the YouTube channel has gathered over 400K subscribers and a total of 10M views, making it one of the biggest songwriting channels in the world.

Friedemann is also the creator of "The Songwriting Decks", a new inspiration tool for songwriters which overfunded by 230% on Kickstarter. Friedemann is a sought-after guest speaker at music conventions and tours Europe with his masterclasses on Structuring Songs and Getting Things Made.

In his free time, he designs board games that tell stories, invents escape rooms and writes music. His 2020 debut album "Subface", which he released under his artist name "Canohead" has been labeled the "Album of the Year" by the Nu Metal scene.

Friedemann lives in Cologne, Germany with his wife Joanna and their cat Lyric.