AND THE WRITER IS...With Ross Golan

Every week, we sit down with an acclaimed and venerable songwriter to intimately discuss what happens behind closed doors in the music industry. There are millions of singers, thousands of artists and only the top 40 songs per genre at a time... This podcast is about the people who make them.

Produced by Joe London & Ross Golan

in association with

Big Deal Music & Mega House Music

 

Episode 17

john ryan

This immensely talented songwriter has quickly become a household name in the pop songwriting world. Credits on Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know", Pitbull's "Fireball", and Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" are just a few of the reasons. Perhaps the most notable is his longstanding work with British boy band, One Direction. If you've ever heard a One Direction song on the radio, you've most definitely heard this songwriter's handiwork. He has an astounding 39 One Directions cuts and has co-written all of the singles from their last three albums including “Drag Me Down”, "Best Song Ever", and "Story of My Life”. And The Writer Is...John Ryan!

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Episode 16

Noel Zancanella

After a stint at the famous Village Studios in Los Angeles, this songwriter serendipitously crossed paths with a person who would one day become one of his closest and most frequent collaborators. That same person, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, eventually signed him to a publishing deal, where he quickly began racking up credits on hits such as OneRepublic's "Counting Stars", Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights", and Ellie Goulding's "Burn." For nearly a decade thereafter, this songwriter continued to hone his craft and forge his own path, eventually earning his very own Grammy and BMI Songwriter of The Year Award. And The Writer Is...Noel Zancanella!

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Episode 15

The script

This band is undoubtedly one of biggest groups ever to rise out of Ireland. Ever since the 2008 release of their #1 self-titled debut album, featuring massive hit songs "Breakeven" and "The Man Who Can't Be Moved," they've gone on to sell out stadiums and arenas across the UK and much of Europe. They're well known in the community for their songwriting prowess, and especially for their earnestness in storytelling. And The Writers Are...Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan of The Script!

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Episode 14

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Luke Laird

To call this songwriter's work profound is a gross understatement. His name is practically synonymous with the term "country radio." Just this past year he earned his 23rd #1 Country Single on the Billboard Charts with Luke Bryan's "Fast". A few of his other notable collaborations include Carrie Underwood's "Last Name", Kenny Chesney's "American Kids", and Blake Shelton's "Hillbilly Bone (feat. Trace Adkins)." Raised in Pennsylvanian countryside, and now based in Nashville with his family, this writer has become one of the most respected and sought-after songwriters in modern country music. And The Writer Is...Luke Laird

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Episode 13

ricky reed

 

Originally from Oakland, California, this writer-producer has built an incomparable resume over the past decade. Just this past year alone, he was nominated for Producer of The Year at the Grammy's AND announced his very own imprint label under Atlantic, Nice Life Recording Company. When he's not perfecting one of his own projects, he's shaping other artists' careers with notable hits such as Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty", Meghan Trainor's "NO", and Twenty One Pilots' "Ride." Still, he does it all with the humblest attitude and warmest personality. And The Writer is...Ricky Reed!

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Episode 12

MIKKEL ERIKSEN OF STARGATE

One half of the world renowned production and songwriting duo, Stargate, this producer-songwriter is no stranger to the Billboard Hot 100. Originally from Trondheim, Norway, and now based in the States, he and his partner have been penning and producing hits with some of music's biggest names for over two decades. Garnering production and writing credits on massive #1 singles such as Ne-Yo's "So Sick", Beyonce's "Irreplaceable", and Katy Perry's "Firework", the versatility and incredible talent of this creative easily puts them into a class of their own. And the writer is...Mikkel Eriksen!

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Episode 11

MIKE Caren

 

Songwriter. Record Producer. A&R Executive. This hitmaker has done it all. You'd be hard pressed to find a person in the business who isn't familiar with the work of this heavy hitting creative. With writing credits such as Beyonce's "Ring Off" and A&Ring Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" and CeeLo Green's "Fuck You", amongst countless others, this songwriter's work is seemingly always on the radio. CEO and Founder of Artist Publishing Group...And The Writer Is...Mike Caren!

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Episode 10

MICHAEL FITZPATRICK                   of fitz and the tantrums

This French-American frontman is the principal songwriter of their own widely popular LA based band. Chances are you've heard multiple hits they penned for said band on the radio, such as "Breaking The Chains of Love", "Moneygrabber", and "Out of My League". And while frontmen often times can have reservations about collaboration, this songwriter seeks it out and believes it to be a welcome addition to the creative process. And the writer is...Michael Fitzpatrick! 

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Episode 9

BONNIE MCKEE

 

In an industry that has historically been dominated by men, this songwriter has been tearing down ancient gender barriers in the music business for over decade. She has made a name for herself as a co-writer of numerous #1 hits, all while with her own flourishing artist career to boot. Collaborator on massive songs such as Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", "California Gurrls", "Roar", as well as the Britney Spears hit "Hold It Against Me" and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite", there no question that this creative mind has songwriting skills of the highest caliber. And The Writer Is...Bonnie McKee! 

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Episode 8

EVAN BOGART

This songwriter has a story unlike many others. Notably, they didn't first infiltrate the industry as a writer - but broke through as an executive first. However, while working a desk gig as an agent, their songwriting HOBBY started leading to a number of worldwide HITS, including Beyonce's "Halo", Ashley Tisdale's "He Said, She Said", and Rihanna's "SOS". No wonder this former hobbyist has since turned their side-gig into their main-gig...And The Writer Is...Evan Bogart!  

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Episode 7

LUNCHMONEY LEWIS

 

This Miami native is not only known throughout the industry for his infectious hits, but also for his contagious positive spirit. Since relocating to LA, he has become a trusted collaborator and featuring guest artist. As co-writer of massive songs such as Fifth Harmony's 'Bo$$' and Jessie J's 'Burnin' Up', and the namesake of his artist project with addictive jams like 'Bills' and 'Whip It!', this songwriter is sought out by many for his strength, spirit, and skills both on and off the field....And the writer is...LunchMoney Lewis! 

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Episode 6

JASON EVIGAN

With a number of worldwide #1 singles already under his belt, this grammy nominated co-writer of Jason Derulo's smash 'Talk Dirty", Nick Jonas' "Chains", and David Guetta's "Lovers on the Sun", has made the term 'in-demand' an understatement. Beyond his skills with the song pen, he is also known for his non-profit work and interests in spirituality. One of the most beloved people in the songwriting business...And the writer is...Jason Evigan!

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Episode 5

JUSTIN TRANTER

One of the most in-demand songwriters in the industry, this songwriter is a fierce force to be reckoned with. With notable cuts on Justin Bieber's smash hit "Sorry", Nick Jonas' "Close feat. Tove Lo", and Maroon 5's newest single "Cold feat. Future", he has quickly and justifiably become one of the busiest creative minds in Los Angeles. Not even to mention his penchant for fashion and political activism. And the writer is…Justin Tranter!

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Episode 4

SEAN DOUGLAS

From Los Angeles, CA he is one of the most diverse songwriters in the game. His lyrical wit is evident whether he’s writing club bangers or Country ballads. He is not just a songwriter, but a song-crafter. He was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Country Song.

 

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Episode 3

SAVAN KOTECHA

From growing up in a conservative family in Austin, TX to executive producing and crafting some of the worlds biggest records, this brilliant writer and businessman has truly earned his status as one of the elite top liners in the industry. 

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Episode 2

J KASH

A star in the music community, not only for his writing but also for his Phoenix story of rising up after hitting rock bottom. He is a true legend in the making who’s only just begun to tell his story.

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Episode 1

Benny blanco

He’s already a recipient of the Hal David award given by the Songwriter Hall of Fame and he’s only 28 years old.  He’s the youngest of the real super-producer class and undoubtedly a better person than musician.  He has too many #1 songs to count. 

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MEET THE TEAM

HOST & PRODUCER: ROSS GOLAN

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Ross Golan is a multi-platinum songwriter. He studied music at the University of Southern California and has since released songs with artists including Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Lady Antebellum, Michael Bublé, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, One Direction, Idina Menzel, Nelly, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Cee Lo Green, 5 Seconds of Summer, Prince Royce, Snoop Dogg, Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer, James Blunt, Big Sean, Travis Barker, Lukas Graham, Skylar Grey, Rixton, The Vamps and Icona Pop amongst many others. He's had multiple record deals and developed a one-man musical called, The Wrong Man. It received three Ovation Awards of four Nominations including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Lyrics and Music. The soundtrack will be recorded and released by Interscope Records. He's currently signed to Warner Chappell Music.


PRODUCER: JOE LONDON

Joe London is a writer/producer who co-wrote and co-produced Jason Derulo's single "Wiggle" featuring Snoop, Pitbull's “Fireball” and “Bad Man", Robin Schulz’s “Headlights ft. Ilsey”, Travis Mills’ “Young & Stupid (Feat. T.I.), Fifth Harmony's single "Bo$$", LunchMoney Lewis’ “Real Thing”, Tim McGraw's "The View”, Thomas Rhett’s singles “Die A Happy Man”, “Vacation” and “I Feel Good”, as well as eight songs on Bomba Estéreo’s Grammy nominated album Amancer. He’s currently Grammy nominated for Best Country Song as co-writer on Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man”. Joe is based in Los Angeles.