Guest Blog: Dave Bassett on Co-Writing

Dave Bassett is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling songwriter and producer who has written over a dozen #1 hits. "Ex's and Oh's," a song Bassett co-wrote with singer Elle King, was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards.  I was recently asked what my approach is when writing for pop radio and how it differs from writing for other genres. At first, I thought "great question"...then I realized, hmmm, I really don't have a specific approach for writing for pop radio at all. In fact, I realized that I approach every writing situation whether it be pop, rock, indie, whatever...all the same. I make sure I'm prepared to give my best effort, energy and creativity to the artist in the attempt to bring out the best of who they are. For me, it's a very personal experience, not a mathematical formula, and I've found that regardless of genre, by letting the creative process unfold naturally, good things will happen. This year, I was lucky enough to have co-written two songs that broke through at pop radio. Two very different songs. The first, an inspirational, empowering song, "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten, and the second, a whimsical retro jam,…

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