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A Different Perspective of Pop

By Hannah Harlacher
Wave’s Megan Hughes has been raving about the new podcast “Switched on Pop,” and here are a few words from her why it’s a must listen!

Can we just give a shoutout to the podcast “Switched On Pop” please because besides being produced/hosted by a composer and a musicologist (and you know we love to support other music professionals), it’s also a really interesting and engaging way to think about the composition of music. Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding dissect pop music in a way that even those who don’t necessary love pop can appreciate.

For example, in a recent episode ‘Switched’ asks and answers the question “Has Streaming Changed the Sound of Music?” (spoiler alert: the answer is yes!). They explain why the streaming economy may be motivating artists to “game the streaming system” by writing shorter songs, skipping the traditional songwriting structure, and employing songwriting tactics like ‘pop overtures’ that may be designed, in part, as a way to hook the listener in from the very beginning of the song, to ensure they are not skipped. In other words, “don’t bore us, get to the chorus.”
Referencing songs by Drake, Halsey, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello…the episodes we’ve listened to so far are worth the listen. Check it out and let us know what you think! https://www.switchedonpop.com

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