Create Music that Competes at the Highest Levels
Through a Deeper Understanding of Today’s Hits
CASE STUDIES | COURSES | MASTERCLASSES
Using the Hit Songs Deconstructed methodology to analyze over 50 of Max Martin’s Top 10 hits going back to 2010, this masterclass takes a deep dive into Martin’s most effective techniques for hooking the listener in, leaving them wanting more, MAXimizing the chorus, and much more. (Length: 3.5 hours)
While no two hit songs are exactly alike, most possess core commonalities that are fundamental to their success. From melody and hooks, to lyrics and rhymes, to structure and arrangement, this masterclass will provide you with a strong foundation of the elements consistently found in today's hits. (Length: 2 hours)
Motifs are highly important, yet often overlooked, elements within hit song melodies. We see them across the board in Top 10 hits, yet they are rarely discussed in modern songwriting education! This video case study looks at how Blinding Lights' all-star team of hit makers, one of whom is Max Martin, cleverly extracted a motif from one hook to foreshadow and creatively reinforce another. (Length: 6 Minutes)
In any hit, a strategically structured narrative is paramount to leading the listener through the song in a highly engaging, satisfying, and ultimately memorable manner.
This video case study explores Drivers License's narrative flow. (Length: 13 Minutes)
Podcasts and Interviews
1 lessons | None
Finneas joins Billboard Chart Beat's Gary, Trevor and Hit Songs Deconstructed's Dave and Yael Penn to analyze the writing and production processes that led to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" topping the Billboard Hot 100.
2 lessons | None
A Roundtable Discussion with Tayla Parx, Tommy Brown, Sarah Hudson, Leon Thomas, Lara Andersson, and Jessie Saint John
A two-part roundtable discussion with Tayla Parx, Tommy Brown, Sarah Hudson, Leon Thomas, Lara Andersson, and Jessie Saint John recorded live from Grey Noise Studios during the last day of Tayla Parx’s Burnout.
Some producers have a hit or two by sheer fluke/talent and the subconscious knowledge of a lifetime of growing up with music. However, making hits songs consistently is not just about talent and the occasional fluke. There is a science to the art of making hit music.
Hit Songs Deconstructed will equip you with tools that will allow you to make hit songs more consistently.
I can’t say enough about how much you can learn in these workshops. So far I have attended two sessions, one for Lyrics and Rhymes and the second for Arrangement & Production. The presenters were highly skilled and knowledgeable. The information was detailed and unlimited. There is something in there for anyone who writes or records to learn.
I highly recommend checking them out, it will make you rethink any work you have done in the past and going forward.
Tommy (Blues Buddha) Dudley
Singer/ Songwriter/ Performer
R Club Productions Inc.