NOW PLAYING: The Writer's Block with Emily Warren
    • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    "If you told me, when I was 15, that this was going to happen, I would've never believed it. It's been totally surreal, especially the last year or so," Emily Warren told us in our latest episode of The Writer's Block. Although she started out as a songwriter, labeling her as just that would be a bit of an understatement. Much like Sia or Kesha, Warren is also a big behind-the-scenes secret who not only sings, but writes for other artists. She has penned some of today's biggest pop hits for The Chainsmokers, Lost Kings, and Frenship. You know "Capsize," that enormous hit with almost 400 million streams on Spotify? Yeah, that's Emily Warren.

    Warren has been naturally working at this since fifth grade. Writing and singing isn't something she necessarily set out for, it's just something she has always done. Being from New York, she studied music at NYU, which helped shape her as a writer. "We had a lot of classes in production and engineering. You're at a huge advantage as a writer if you can explain to the producer or vocal engineer exactly what you want fixed instead of just speaking in abstract terms." When it comes to trying to make it as a songwriter in the huge city that is New York, Warren doesn't let it phase her. "I've written seven or eight hundred songs and a handful of them have gotten cut… So you could view it as a challenge, or to me, it's just kind of like I've put in the work and I enjoy being in the studio… So it's just practicing the craft."

    Warren also performed three lovely stripped down songs for us during her stay at Baeble HQ, "Don't Let Me Down," "Phone Down," and "Hurt By You." Well, they sounded lovely on the surface, but when you dive into the lyrical content, they all cut pretty deep. Like in the brutally honest "Phone Down," when Warren sings "What could be so goddamn important, that it can't wait until the morning? / You got me right here with my clothes off now / Why don't you put that fucking phone down?"

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