What Does 18 Versions Of A Song With 7.5 Top Pop Songwriters Get You?

We have all heard the horror stories of musicians who have to rewrite a song a million times to get their “hit song” approved by the A&R but never has this quest been so well documented as it is by the group I Fight Dragons in the above video and below SoundCloud. The group explicitly details the insane quest of trying to get their label to care for their song after working with some of the best songwriters in the biz like Greg Wells and Rivers Cuomo. Watch and let your jaw drop freely.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Honkytonk

    Thanks for sharing this! I find the behind the scenes fascinating.
    Must be frustrating.

  • ‘Quis da Beast w/da mstrpeace.

    Wow, super interesting story. I actually played all the versions as I read (via their soundcloud page). What’s funny is that I get both sides of the coin, as a writer who listens with the ears of an a&r.

  • JGD

    This is great. Put it out!

  • praireylark

    Love, love, love ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deb-Humble/902450723 Deb Humble

    Great story :-) Currently working on version two of one of my songs. Was rejected for airplay. I am currently working on redoing the music. Lyrics are always easier for me. Not changing lyrics as I feel there is nothing wrong with it but music can be changed but as you say it’s hard when you hear it a certain way when beginning to write song. I do however have new melodies for it and hopefully this will be my final version of it. I do have other songs I am working on but this song in particular I feel passionate about and want it to be heard. Lol. Love it’s not me it’s you by the way