I Tried To Write A Hit Song In A Week


♫ I don’t care what you think ♫ I play my own game ♫ Even when you are gone out (coughs) – Need some water. I make videos for a
living, but once in a while I make music. I don’t have any formal training. I mainly write like punk-y
Indie songs in my spare time. I want to make a serious
attempt at writing a contemporary pop song. So I’m gonna talk to
Grammy nominated producer, Ricky Reed, about how to write a pop song. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who writes his own music, but also have
written hits for artists like Jason Derulo, 21
Pilots, and Meghan Trainor. So how long does it take? Can you do it in a day? Does it ever happen in a day? – Oh yeah. It’s actually pretty common. At the end of the day that we
wrote Meghan Trainor’s “No”, it sounded probably 95
percent like what it is now. – Let’s say you’re starting from scratch. How do you start? – I love to start with a drum track. I love to find a rhythm that feels new or strange or emotional. – Do you have any advice for me? – I know that you like
punk music and Indie music. I also know that you’re
like witty and funny guy with like a sardonic sense
of humor and everything. You can’t try to stuff those down and be like, “Okay, I’m
gonna just try to go make “a David Guetta song.” If I were you, I would try
to make a song that had like kind of like a
heavy, Indie punk-y edge with like a really weird lyric and actually try to channel that. – Ricky says you can write
a good song in a day, but I have a wife and a kid and a day job. So I’m gonna give myself
a week to write a pop song and record at night in the garage. Taking Ricky’s approach, I’m
gonna start with a drum beat. I went to go get some
groceries at the grocery store. Some baby food and what not. And I got this beat that goes like boom. (drum music) I kind of have like a melody
in my head for a piano line. So I’m gonna try to lay it down
with some improvised lyrics. Maybe try some more
electronic drums that are in a lot of current pop songs. ♫ I don’t care what she say ♫ I play my own game I don’t know. I like the beat. I like the melody. But, pretty late, so I’m gonna pack it up and try again later. On night two, I hit a wall. So I started over on night three. Made a song that wasn’t the
pop hit I was looking for. On night four, I failed to
come up with anything at all. And on night five, I did my
take on a Daft Punk song. But again, not what I had
in mind for a pop song. I can’t just keep writing
like parts of new songs, So I’m just gonna take
the beat from the last one I did, and then try to
come up with something. So I made breakfast for the family. This is the aftermath. And I finished the track
last night at 2:30 AM. I think I’m gonna make a song about being tired of love songs. So I’m gonna email the office and see what they hate about love songs and have some lyrics. I get some good stuff. Basically about how love songs
promote co-dependent behavior and suicidal tendencies. So on the night before I’m
going to send Ricky my song, I lay down the vocals and
add some other elements. (drum music) ♫ Got the love ♫ Got the Jones (bass music) With a new beat as the foundation, I came up with this bass line
that just moves back and forth on the scale with eight notes. Instead of the guitar for
the verse, I played with like harmonizing the bass with another bass. Before I get into the
verse, I add this intro bit with Auto-Tune pitch vocals. With the lyrics, I took
Ricky’s advice and tried to start off with something strange. I end up doing a pre-chorus in falsetto with lyrics about how
love songs are tired. On the chorus, I used some heavy guitar at Ricky’s recommendation. (guitar music) For the chorus melody,
I used a variation of what I started out with
at the very beginning, so it wasn’t all for naught. ♫ I don’t care what they say ♫ I play my own game ♫ No I don’t really care about a love song ♫ No I don’t give a damn about a love song For the second verse, I
played with electro sounds. (electronic music) For the second chorus, I do this dramatic string half-time thing. ♫ No I don’t really
care about a love song. ♫ No I don’t really care I get lazy with the breakdown. I do one more chorus to finish it off. So I have a full song. Now time to see what
professional music producer, Ricky Reed, has to say about it. – The song is good. – I did the track, and I
was like I like the track, and then I added vocals,
and I just hated it. – I can hear you thinking
a lot through it. There’s a few parts that are
like really, really, really strong, and I wanna just focus
in on the parts that I think are like really impactful and anything where you start to lose
me, just pull it out. – On a scale of one to ten, how catchy would you call it? – Eight and a half. – Eight and a half. Okay. – Coming from me, that’s good. (laughs) – Okay.
– I’m a tough critic. – Structure wise, like? – I’m gonna give you a six on structure. – Six, okay. That’s still past the halfway point. Like how radio ready is it? – It’s not radio ready. – Okay. – If you wanna walk this
into a radio station now you’re looking at probably two and a half. – Oh, wow. Cool. I guess we can get right into notes. – First and foremost, I would
cut from four seconds to … – Ricky gives me straightforward
and simple notes about how to clean this track up. He rightly accuses me of being inauthentic with the gratuitous Auto-Tune vocals, so I cut those from the
beginning of the song. He liked the double bass
part, so I’ll turn that up. He also told me how to layer
the register of my vocals to better differentiate
each section from the next. There were a lot of other
great technical notes that if you’re interested,
you can check out the article for the video. So if I do all those notes,
how radio ready could I get this song on a scale of one to ten? – I mean, I think we’re
all the way up in our sevens, eights. – Okay, I can deal with that. But it sounds like a single, right? – Yeah. Exactly. I think a better way to think of it too as far as like instead
of competing at radio or whatever it is, think
about yourself, really. Like on new music Friday at Spotify, scrolling through songs. The drums come in like if
that vocal doesn’t drop in about six seconds, I’m
gonna either scan forward or I’m just gonna go to the next song. You know what I mean?
– Yeah. Yeah definitely. – We’re talking about pop music like … Get to the good stuff. – So I took all of Ricky’s notes and the song just sounds
a whole lot better. It sounds a lot cleaner
sonically and it just gets right to the point. I also made a music video for it, which you can watch in a second. But first, what did I learn from all this? Well I learned the steps
to write a hit song and they are, one. Two. Three. Four. And five. – Don’t do anyone else’s
version of a hit song. It’s gonna sound terrible. – Just don’t overthink it and maybe bring a friend. Ricky says that most
pop songs are written by at least two people. – If you can capture the
feeling of three or four friends in a room having a great time, and preserve that all the way until it’s on the radio, then
you have a real hit song. – His input throughout
this whole process was incredibly valuable and you
can check out his new single on Spotify, and his other work too. Without further ado,
here’s the final track, “Tired of Love Songs”. (drum music) ♫ No I don’t really care about a love song ♫ No I don’t give a damn about a love song ♫ No I don’t really care about a love song ♫ No I don’t give a damn about a love song ♫ No I don’t really care about a love song ♫ No I don’t give a damn about a love song ♫ Head over heels about you ♫ I just can’t live without you ♫ No I don’t give a damn about a love song ♫ Woo oo a oo oo ♫ Woo oo a oo oo (whiz)
(squeak)

44 thoughts on “I Tried To Write A Hit Song In A Week

  • February 26, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    How did this take exactly 2 years to come in my recommendations?

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  • March 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    is a really nice song. And thanks for teh advices 'cause I want to write a song but I don't know where I should to start.

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  • March 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    Sounds like Joywave!

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  • March 2, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Call a hotline, not a DJ.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    song go hard an reminds me of love scares by trippie red idk y buh yuh

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  • March 5, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    This song was Amazing!

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  • March 6, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    The song is Killin 🔥🔥🤙

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  • March 11, 2019 at 8:52 am
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    Step 2 was the best

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  • March 17, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    Yeah that's a decent song when the lyrics land they really work but there are some dodgy ones in there that I'm not a fan of. I love how it ends on a diminished chord. I think the transition from verse to chorus doesn't work, it feels very abrupt. Good song keep writing

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  • March 19, 2019 at 6:43 am
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    WHY IS THIS SONG SUCH A BOP?????

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  • March 19, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    lolol this is amazing love the song put it on spotify!

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  • March 22, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    Inspiration for im so tired of love song by lauv

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  • March 27, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    his song has a scott pilgrim vibe to it

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  • March 31, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    yo. i actually love this.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    I'm so tired of love songs by Lauv

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  • April 7, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    now on the radio… i'm so tired…

    This was actually a really really good song idea and I wish that ricky could have helped him to produce it more.
    The bridge was a bit low-key so the chorus coming in after that was a bit strong. Would have been cool to high-pass the drums to come in with the vocals a couple times before it fully kicked in or something.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 8:08 am
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    I come back just to play 7:20 over and over again

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  • April 11, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    That’s actually fire

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  • April 14, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    7:21 is the song

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  • April 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    That was so bloody lit

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  • April 18, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    Before i watched this video, i thought i was the only one that is tired of love songs

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  • April 19, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    “I tried to write a hit song in a week” (with the help of a very professional music producer)

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  • April 21, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    the neighborhood and the 1975 vibes

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  • April 21, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    Dude I need this on my playlist now

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  • April 23, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    I usually hate buzzfeed but this is pretty good

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    is ur mac destroyed cause i see some texture on the left side and the bottom part of the screen

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    Bruhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh The End Result Is Something I See My Sister listening on repeat since she love that type of music i swear u did a damn great job..

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    the mixing of the vocals had this telephone effect on all the vocals which i think couldve came in every once in a while but not all the vocal tracks IMO

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  • April 26, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    I have this in a playlist so I keep having to fast forward to the end for the song😂

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  • May 19, 2019 at 1:08 am
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    am I missing something, how did he use auto tune to obtain that classical indie-sounding tune

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  • May 19, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    Billboard 100 when?

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  • May 19, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    I know it was an exercise in writing, but I dig the message. I like it a lot.

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  • May 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Best Buzzfeed video EVER. Is this song on Spotify now???!!!!! (late to the party in 2019 lol)

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  • June 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm
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    Kind of Car Seat Headrest- style. Your song is good; punchy and edgy! Fun video.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 11:39 pm
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    I watched this in Year 7, now I’m in Year 9

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  • June 22, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    Finally, an actually good pop song with talent.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    And I also still here.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    It should be series.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 3:22 am
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    Great job dude. Love it. Keep writing bro!

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    Damn, that was awesome

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    I am trippin or is the song "i'm so tired" by Lauv & Troye Sivan a total rip off of this.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:32 am
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    U look professional

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    Hey guys guys got this song on youtube m6teen ft ghost.can yall chek it out?

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  • September 2, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    Thtep one ith get rid of that lithp

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