Max Martin is pop music’s prodigy child.
Martin is responsible for some of the biggest songs in history thanks to his meticulous talent and attention to detail. The famed producer not only won the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award for the last five consecutive years, but he’s set to receive Sweden’s 2016 Polar Music Prize.
“The Polar Music Prize 2016 is awarded to songwriter Martin Sandberg from Stockholm, Sweden, who writes under the name Max Martin. Melodies are like time capsules. Melodies define their time and are spread from person to person, across borders and across generations. In the last 20 years, no composer in the world has written melodies as sustainable or as widespread as those of Max Martin. Right now, at this very moment, someone, somewhere in the world will be singing a hit song written and produced by Max Martin. With his ear for song melodies, his musical precision and craftsmanship, he has refined and developed the world’s popular music.”
Several slightly well-known singers took a moment to describe their experiences with Martin, including Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake and Pink.
“Max is great in the studio. He’s a perfectionist, which I totally respect, and I look up to that… he’s an amazing person and very, very talented.”
“He is extremely detailed when it comes to vocals… He is very specific when it comes to vocals and a bit of a task-master. He’ll just get me into a place where I’m singing from the heart, I’m not in my head about it.”
“The coolest thing about Max is that he’s the most obsessed with music, and that’s it. There’s no other thing that’s in the room with you — there are no politics and there’s no money.”
I think Max hears the vocals like an instrument. I think that’s how you should treat it.
It’s nice to be better than him at something [laughs]. I can bring the singing, although he’s not bad.