Today we throwback to the very first interview on now widely popular Podcast series “And The Writer Is” – if you haven’t heard it yet, this show has struck a chord with songwriters, producers and industry veterans around the globe. It’s hosted by songwriters godfather, activist and spokesman Ross Golan, who has been instrumental in fighting the US Congress and streaming titan Spotify for change and fairness within the craft of writing songs.
The inaugural interview features Benny Blanco and it set the bar, it took place at Blanco’s house in Los Angeles and throughout we learn how the artist, producer, songwriter and label owner found his footing in music and propelled his music to billions of people worldwide.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell he’s made you sing along to more songs than you can probably count on two hands, such as Justin Bieber hits “Love Yourself” and “Cold Water”, Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” amongst more from Ed Sheeran, Kanye West and more. He’s also since debut his own music with release of the hit single “Eastside” with Khalid and Hasley and featured on releases with titans such as Calvin Harris and Selena Gomez.
The show has since continued to feature the industries most prolific, kind and experienced creative figures to help us learn a little more insight into what makes them create and their struggles to make it in the tough industry that is the music industry.
On this episode he talks about having to sleep in his car at McDonald’s, friending people on myspace and getting discovered as new artist by a producer in talks for a deal with Columbia records at 14. Blanco dishes on how he first want to be a rapper, why he listens to every demo, how his first manager was drug dealer that introduced him to a way of creating music that shaped his style and ability to add a hit making creative touch to any project he works on.