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 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”.
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?