First of all shout out to all of the songwriters out there! If you’re here you probably were intrigued by the clickbait title. Don’t worry, we’re here with the facts and the facts alone! Here are some lessons from the best songwriters to grace this planet.
Known as one of the greatest songwriters in the world, Poo Bear has penned hits for artists such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Usher and J Balvin to name a few. I think that we can all learn something from him. His biggest piece of advice is “it’s all about the concept”. If you have a great concept, you’re 50% on the way to having a great song. Some other tips that Poo Bear has shared in his interviews are keep it simple but effective – that’s the key!
With so many number 1 hits they call her “The Song Factory”, Ester Dean has written for the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Beyonce to name a select few. Ester’s advice is “don’t write what’s on the radio, write what you want to be on the radio!”
Diane Warren is the official queen of ballads, writing notable hits such as Toni Braxton’s “Un-break My Heart” and Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”, Diane encourages new songwriters to reverse engineer hit songs “find out what makes them hits!”, not to be afraid of the unknown and to work on your craft… everyday!
Have you heard Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This is the guy that blessed us with that masterpiece. Rod Temperton’s motto was “don’t overcomplicate it – write what you know!”. This seems to be a common trait among the best of the best.