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1D Songwriter Savan Kotecha Bigs Up Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis and Zayn

He’s part of the hit songwriting team behind some of One Direction’s biggest hits, and together with Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub has written most of their best songs to date.

Savan Kotecha wrote 'What Makes You Beautiful'

Savan is an X Factor favourite of Simon Cowell’s, and is currently working on Emblem3′s debut album, but was recently talking with The Hollywood Reporter about One Direction.

Savan said of 1D:

“I helped develop their voices on the show and all that, so I knew what they were capable of and what they could do. And ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is just one of those, you know, lightning strikes.”

Yes, what a lightning strike it was dude!

Asked about writing ‘What Makes You Beautiful, he had the following to say:

“I had the melody of the chorus in my song for about a year until I was in a hotel room in London with my wife and she was having a bad morning. She was like, “Oh, I feel so ugly” and I was like, “No, you look beautiful. You don’t know how beautiful you look.” And I was like, “Oh, crap! That’s a good song! Hold on!”

Savan then decided he was onto something:

“I wrote that down. I actually wrote the song for my wife, so I went to the studio and it took a process of a couple weeks to really tweak it, but the core of it was written within two days and then tweaked a few things here and there over a couple weeks, but I mean”.

One Direction on the beach in the video to 'What Makes You Beautiful'

Harry Styles kissing some lucky girl!

Showing how close his relationship with the boys is, he added:

“I still have the text message from Harry Styles. When he heard the demo, I was in Miami on my way back to Sweden, and he sent me a text message saying, “I think you got it. I think you got the one here.” I still have that text message.”

Aww we love that.

Mr Kotecha was then asked which of his lyrics he is most proud of, and showing his softer side he said:

“Gosh, I guess since I’m being all sentimental with One Direction — I guess “What Makes You Beautiful” because I wrote that for my wife. I’ve written a few songs for my wife, but that’s the one that became the biggest hit, so I’m kind of proud of that.”

“That’s a couple of Valentine’s Days and Christmas presents all ready there. If I ever forget one day I’ll just be like, “Hey, remember ‘What Makes You Beautiful’?”

Savan, you don’t know how beautiful you are! We couldn’t imagine life without WMYB, could you?

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  • lovezayn

    WMYB always in our hearts. <3! xx

    • Sally

      I remember the first time I heard it. I didn’t even realize who was singing, just that it was so upbeat and catchy that I couldn’t stop smiling. A few months later my friend emailed me the video link, and I loved it. The moment Harry Styles began to sing is something I will never forget:)

  • Keke

    Awww that’s so sweet. Love you Billy Bob Bob Billy!!! Lol and I will always live WMYB no matter how many other songs and albums they release, that one will always be in our hearts!

  • Stini2526

    cute

  • gest

    WMYB is always in my hart and this just made it more meaning full♡♥♡♥

  • Sarah

    Ooh! He has really beautiful mind to write these wonderful song!!! Tnx very very much!!savan!

  • Hazza

    Lol I wouldn’t even know 1D without wmyb that is my favourite single all time
    Now I listen to it like every night before sleeping thanks to savan kotecha <3

  • Olivia Jones

    Haha they look like they all soiled themselves in the one picture of all of them it’s kinda funny

  • ILOVE1DX5

    Thxs Savan!!!!!

  • Mimi deria

    Awww that’s very sweet of him that He wrote it to his wife she must be very proud of like your husband writing a song only for you that’s very unique and special <3 :)x .. I really can't imagine my life without WMYB <3

  • i_luv_1D_14

    Lol Omg he is the One that sings that song with one direction while on xfactor Omg lol I love it by the way its soo funny … =D

    No matter how many songs the boys make and albums Ill always remember the first day I listened to WMYB and I was like wow they are hot and I feel in LOVE with song then since that day one direction has been on replay on my phone that is since WMYB came out so Yh

    Omg it felt like yesterday ….

    I love one direction always will and WMYB will always remind me how beautiful I am and of course how sexiii the boys are and how I got home from school that day when I found out a bout the boys and searched them up and got addicted and it was I was learning their names now I can their names in my sleep….

    Lol I remember BILLY BOB BOB BILLY

    LOUIS REALLY NEEDS THAT BOAT… LOL

    BTW its soo cute how he wrote it for his wife that Is just so adorable ;D

  • Natalie

    I used to think I was ugly until 1D was created now I no im beautiful I dont no what I would do without them I love you one direction!! :)

  • Nicole Styles

    We are VERY thankful Savan for those wonderful songs you have made or helped make!

  • zarry_stylik

    coooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/xoxpunkstar3003 zayn malik fan

    Aww he’s so sweet luv u xxxx

  • Camille

    OHHHH LE BEAUX HARRY COMME IL EST ROMANTIQUE ET CHARMANT AVEC LES FILLES♥♥♥♥♥

  • Louis William Tomlinson

    Isn’t that sweet WMYB always good in our hearts <3<3<3<3<3

  • Nia malik

    Thank you savan

  • amazing#1d

    Thanks for the songs guys

  • Niall’s Chica

    At the grammys in 50 years it would be cool if the boys did a performance and sang WMYB! We would all be old and grandparents and we would say to our grand kids “Those boys right there changed my life, I don’t know how my life would have turned out if One Direction hadn’t been part of it.” :*) thanks Savan for the beautiful gift you have given us!!!

  • Niall’s Chica

    At the grammys in 50 years it would be cool if the boys did a performance and sang WMYB! We would all be old and grandparents and we would say to our grand kids “Those boys right there changed my life, I don’t know how my life would have turned out if One Direction hadn’t been part of it.” :*) thanks Savan for the beautiful gift you have given us!!!

  • 1D_Forever_<3

    WMYB was the first 1D song I listened too!!! It brought me to my love for One Direction. Thats one special memory to hold forever. <3 =D

  • 1D_Forever_<3

    WMYB was the first 1D song I listened too!!! It brought me to my love for One Direction. Thats one special memory to hold forever. <3 =D

  • Gisselle Cortez

    i love that song cuz its the first one i ever heard sung by 1D ohhhhhh the memories!!!!!!!<3

  • Gisselle Cortez

    i love that song cuz its the first one i ever heard sung by 1D ohhhhhh the memories!!!!!!!<3

  • jORDYN

    ITS BILLY BOB BOB BILLY :D lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/arianna.gonzalez.351 Arianna Gonzalez

    I remember the first I heard I was like who is the guy with the earring and looked them up on the Internet and learned everything about them and I figured out that I love one direction and I will always be a directioner.

  • nathaliaferretjans

    soooo cute

  • Via

    yeah your right!!

  • I Luv LIAM!!!!

    Hi 1D ! I luv ZAYN ! I’m so desperate

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