Ross Golan has written hit songs for Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber and dozens of other stars. But his most important contribution to pop songwriting today might be a podcast.
On each episode of his show “And the Writer Is…,” Golan sits down with a songwriting peer. Some are well-known artists, others purely behind-the-scenes types. They talk about their writing processes, their lives as working musicians and their fears and triumphs in an often-overlooked corner of the pop music machinery.
“It’s a myth that music is all magic,” Golan says. “It’s not. It’s a bunch of emotional wrecks sitting in a room trying to write a song.”
With the rise of streaming...