How To Write A Radio Hit Song In Europe For A Band In New York – A Q&A With Steven Bashir

Hit Maker Steven Bashir

Steven Bashir is a pop singer/songwriter best known for his highly radio-friendly melodies. His mix of Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran’s styles, influenced by folk and R&B garnered the attention of major publishers and labels which led to him working with their upcoming artists and debut albums. Co-writing the radio hit When I Wake Up with New York band Lions Head, gained him wider attention having the major publishers lining up with offers to exclusively sign him. Due to his highly international pop sound he calls Stockholm, Los Angeles, London, Oslo and Berlin his home. Steven is working with multi-platinum selling producers and artists, Swedish grammy-nominated songwriters and artists like Felix Jaehn, Alma and many others.

I really like When I Wake Up by Lions Head. How did you end up working with them ?

Thank you, I’m glad you like it. I got a call from their publisher who said there was a young band in town that were looking for a single and that I should write a song with them. So, that’s exactly what I did.

Can you tell us a little bit about the co-writing process for When I Wake Up ?

We were really quick with this one. I started playing this pattern on the guitar and hummed the melody. The singer loved it, sat down, wrote lyrics to it and an hour later we had our song.

Is there a certain formula you use when writing songs ? How do you usually get started ?

No not at all. It’s different every time and of course, it depends on who you’re working with, compared to when I’m writing by myself. In this case I had a very skilled and talented musician and singer with me. So that was a lot of fun and we threw melodies and ideas back and forth until we both said, Yeah man that sounds great, that’s it! Most of the time, I start with a melody, phrase or lyrical concept that I think is worth writing a song about.

Where do you get those ideas and concepts from ?

As corny as it sounds, most of them are inspired from just life. At some point I started listening to conversations more carefully because people tend to use more cool phrases than they think. Plus, they’re real because they don’t try to be real – they just are. I also observe people in the bus or when I’m out and then imagine they’re situations and stories (laughs). You know! a little bit like Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock Holmes.

Any hints of what we can expect next ?

I’m doing a song with Felix Jaehn and I’m currently writing with a couple of artists on their upcoming albums. I’m also working with Lions Head again on their second album. You will also hear my voice on a major DJ’s song. Im really looking forward to that since it’s going to be a whole new experience for m