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Savan Kotecha

Songwriter, Producer – “Beauty and a Beat,” “Live While We're Young,” “DJ Got Us Falling In Love,” “One More Night”

Songwriter, Producer – “Beauty and a Beat,” “Live While We're Young,” “DJ Got Us Falling In Love,” “One More Night”
Vocal Producer - The X Factor

Renowned songwriter, producer and talent coach Savan Kotecha has worked with the biggest names in music, penning such hits as Britney Spears’ “If U Seek Amy” and “I Wanna Go,” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” and Leona Lewis’ “I Got You.” The recipient of two Billboard Music Awards, Kotecha’s songs have achieved #1 status the world over, having sold more than 70 millions copies. Kotecha can be seen on the U.S. version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, where as Vocal Producer, a role reprised from the original UK show, Savan aids and develops the show’s talent. It’s hard not to see a little of Kotecha in each of the contestants. After writing his own songs on his sister’s keyboard, Kotecha found a book with the addresses of music executives and would send 10-15 demo tapes a day, hoping for one response. At 17, Kotecha did get that response when the A&R man for then-unknown Backstreet Boys, wanted to use one of Kotecha’s songs, but Kotecha’s mother forced him to. However, Savan continued persevering. As an Austin, TX native, he would take to the streets every spring during SXSW and one year upon hearing that Babyface was in town, Savan left demos and a letter on every car windshield in his hotel complex. It eventually all paid off, when at the age of 21, Kotecha signed with BMG Music and a year later, took his first of countless flights to Sweden to work with Grammy-nominated songwriter RedOne (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez). Kotecha would eventually learn song structure from vaunted songwriters Kristian Lundin and mentor Max Martin; adopting the Swedish songwriting style of quality over quantity. He would form a working relationship with Simon Cowell, who brought Kotecha on as a consultant for his label Syco Records.

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