The Doctor Is In: A Q&A With Dr. Luke

Much like the California Gurls in his smash-hit of the summer with Katy Perry, Dr. Luke’s style is undeniable. It’s not a question of when you’ll hear a song he produced on radio, but how many you’ll hear in a row - he caught three himself the other day. Working with pop stars like Ke$ha, Taio Cruz and Britney Spears has paid off for Dr. Luke. He was named the 2010 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and has been nominated for two Grammys. Read on to find out how having a strong musical background can sometimes limit your songwriting, the story behind recording “Since U Been Gone,” and some tips on writing a hit of your own. You’re nominated for two Grammys, including Producer of the Year. What’s your reaction to that. I feel very blessed and very pleased to be considered. I’m surrounded by a lot of talented people in that category. Can you talk about your songwriting process. It’s different every time, depending on the artists and the genre and the medium. The one consistent thing is I keep going until it’s right. I don’t give up, and I make sure to keep my standards high. It helps to collaborate with other people because then if everyone thinks the song is good, it’s more likely that it really is. What was the process of writing “Teenage Dream”. That chorus was written over five times. At times, some people were not happy about that, but it had to be right. There’s a lot of feeling in the music on the song, and the lyrics had to show the emotional qualities of that yet still be a pop lyric. It was difficult at times, but we got through it. A lot of times it takes a while to write a great song. Can... Sign In to Keep Reading

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