In 2003, I met a true music industry veteran who taught me the most important lesson of my young jamiedoesmusic life. That lesson was "It's all in the material."
Having worked in the biz a few years now, I can't tell you how many times I've continued to hear those words from agents, managers, A&R scouts, etc. And it's not really an opinion—to me at least. Rather, it is simply a beautiful truth.
In the first half of Hitmaker, I briefly examine the history of behind-the-scenes songwriters and discuss why they are some of the most important people in the music industry. The second half is dedicated to a gifted composer named Dan Wilson. You may not know his name, but I wholeheartedly believe he is the best songwriter to be introduced in my lifetime.