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" A great pop song should be felt when you hear it. "
" I love being part of the ASCAP family of songwriters and composers. "
" I don't think most people who listen to music are that interested in all the work that goes into making it. It's the artist you like. "
" I remember that I started playing brass - not so much because I had a calling but because I thought it looked cool. "
" You can hear songs that are technically great, songs that tick all the boxes. But for a song to be felt, you need something else. "
" I want to be part of every note, every single moment going on in the studio. I want nothing forgotten; I want nothing missed. "
" I spent two years day and night in that studio trying to learn what the hell was going on. "
" Sometimes you have to think about letting people move on. "
" As songwriters, we are lucky to have ASCAP on our side, offering support and fighting for our rights. "
" It's one thing to speak about it and another to actually do something about it. "
" The sound itself, the production, is of such great importance that it has become an integrated part of the composition. "
" It's incredibly important to me that you remember a song right after the first or second time you hear it. That something sticks to you, something that makes you feel, 'I need to hear that song again.' That's fundamental. Something you want again. And again. "
" Pop music follows the evolution of society in general: Everything moves faster. "
" I thought it was so cool that all you knew about Prince was about his artistry and music. "
" There was a phase when I and people around me listened to Prince a lot. A lot. We took Prince fandom to the extreme. "
" When pop culture can influence things in any way, when a song becomes something bigger than just a song, that's the greatest thing to me. "
" It's never like, 'Now I'm going to sit down and write this or that kind of song.' The melodies may show up in the car, in the shower. "
" I've learned that things change. The whole boy band thing almost turned into a stock market crash. "
" If you've got a verse with a lot of rhythm, you want to pair it with something that doesn't. "
" Nothing wrong about EDM. Great songs came out of it, but there was a period when everything had to have a pace of 128 bpm and be DJ-related. "
" I believe in the cause, and I believe in the people, and by supporting Music Rights Awareness, I very much hope - and believe - we can make a difference. "
Make A Difference
" If the artist isn't having a great day or finds it all boring, my role becomes that of a coach. Getting the very best out of the artist. Helping them perform at their very best when it's game time. One way to get them there is to bring them out of their comfort zones. "
" If nobody recognizes you, if nobody cares, it's easier to avoid getting carried away. That's way harder if you're a famous artist. "
" If the chords change a lot over the course of a song, it's better to stay within the same melodic structure. "
" If you listen to the first, second, and third chorus of a song, they don't sound the same. It's the same melody and all that, but what really happens is that the energy changes. It's all about getting the listener to keep his or her concentration. "
" There are so many traps, so many ways of getting screwed in this business. "
" I first began with the recorder in our community music school. After that, I played horn and participated in the school orchestra. "
" I've never been cool. "
" I'm a perfectionist. "
" It's music. It's supposed to be fun and inspirational. You have to be inspired. If I did it because it was my 'job,' and I only did it to make money, I don't think I'd still be doing it. "
" The producer should decide what kind of music is being made, what it's going to sound like - all of it: the why, when, and how. "