The Song Machine

“I had this experience when I was writing the book, where I heard the song “Roar” for the first time in the studio of this guy, Dr. Luke, who wrote it with Max Martin, the Swede. [..] I was thinking, “Man, this sucks. This is a terrible song.” [..] Of course, six months later, not only was every single person on the whole planet singing that song, but my own 6-year-old daughter was singing the song in the house, and I was thinking “Wow, how could I have been so wrong about that?” But I really do think that I might have actually been right, that it was kind of a crappy song. [..] But if you hear it 20 times, the brain becomes used to it and then starts to anticipate it.”

“The Swedes have large committees of people who write songs, and they specialize. You have verse writers, chorus writers, bridge writers. You swap in verses and choruses from different songs.”

“We come out of the singer-songwriter era, which is an aberration in the whole history of pop music. Most of it has been professional songwriters writing songs for the artists.”

A revealing interview with John Seabrook, author of The Song Machine.

Behind the Music: How the Swedish Hit Factory Took Over Your Playlist. Knowledge@Wharton (2016, January 13). Retrieved from

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