Bonnie McKee

I think the difference between a good song and a great song is… honestly, I think the lyrics, because if you have a really solid melody and solid track and everything is there but then the lyric is just okay, then you’ve got a good song.

“I think the difference between a good song and a great song is… honestly, I think the lyrics, because if you have a really solid … Read More

I got called to write for Aerosmith, nothing ever came of it, but I ended up spending the day with Steven Tyler and going to his house and we sat down at the piano, just me and him, and he sang for me and played, then he asked me to sing for him, and then we sang harmony together. That was just a big moment where it was like ‘oh my god, my life is crazy!’ It was really cool.

“I got called to write for Aerosmith, nothing ever came of it, but I ended up spending the day with Steven Tyler and going to … Read More

I had an epiphany where I realised that there are song titles everywhere – in advertising, in conversations with people at the grocery store – and every time I open my mind to that and find titles, I then weave a story around that.

“I had an epiphany where I realised that there are song titles everywhere – in advertising, in conversations with people at the grocery store – … Read More

When I go and write with other artists – a lot of the time it’s with them – it’s like a therapy session almost. I ask them what they’re listening to and what they’re going through and what their influences are and I try to get inside of their head and step into their shoes for a second.

“When I go and write with other artists – a lot of the time it’s with them – it’s like a therapy session almost. I … Read More

It’s really liberating and fun to be writing stuff for myself, and really have the freedom to say what I want to say and not really have to think about what somebody else is going to say or have to edit myself to speak from someone else’s vision.

“It’s really liberating and fun to be writing stuff for myself, and really have the freedom to say what I want to say and not … Read More

I’ve been close friends with Katy since teenagers, before she was Katy Perry. She’s always been a great resource for me to pull from and watch – from her choice of how public she wants to be about her personal life on down. I also watched her develop from the coffee-house singer-songwriter I knew to her be to playing arenas and killing it.

“I’ve been close friends with Katy since teenagers, before she was Katy Perry. She’s always been a great resource for me to pull from and … Read More