Thursday, April 30, 2015


Typically in the music biz singers sing, songwriters write and musicians compose. Then they all come together to make sonic magic. It’s hard enough to be a successful vocalist in this industry, but for those artists with killer pipes, who give you goosebumps with their performance of a song and they wrote it too – mad props!

Some of my fave singer songwriters in pop music right now are Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Katie Perry, Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars, Adel and Ne-Yo. Amazingly many singer songwriters create songs for other artists too. Take Charli XCX who wrote Boom Clap for Hilary Duff but it was rejected for supposedly not being cool enough. She also wrote I Love It for Icona Pop and the hook for Iggys summer anthem Fancy. Ke$ha who has said she primarily considers herself a songwriter has given us hits like Tik Tok  and We R Who We R but she also penned Till the World Ends for Britney Spears. Ke$ha said… “That song was written specifically for Britney - I put my brain in Britney Spears land and wrote that whole song for her”. Singer Jessie J wrote hits for herself such as Domino and Price Tag  but she’s also written for many others. Jessie penned Miley Cyrus' No. 1 hit Party In The USA. She says of song writing: "You’ve got to write songs, that’s where the money is. Party In the U.S.A paid my rent for, like, three years. Actually, it was longer than that. That’s where I get most of my money. Jessie explained further in an interview with RWD magazine: "I recorded Party In The U.S.A., played it for the label but they didn't think it was right for me. So they pitched it (to Miley) and two weeks later it was number one in six countries". Sia who has written many hits including her smash Chandelier also co-wrote Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) by Ne-Yo and Diamonds for Rihanna. Sia claims she wrote Diamonds in just 14 minutes. What do those royalties translate to in dollars per minute???? Mucho dinero! I have got to start writing more songs!

For now I’m pumped to be shreddin’ all the hits on the wheels of steel for you this weekend. Get ready for a massive show including EXCLUSIVE new mixes on Maroon 5, Zedd/Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth, David Guetta/Nicki Minaj and George Ezra. Plus brand new HK bangers on Carly Rae Jepsen, Ryn Weaver, Sheppard, Nate Ruess, Lunchmoney Lewis and more!

Remember…If it's hot, if it's new and it makes you wanna move…you're In The Mix with HK™.