Serge Pizzorno: Writing teams are spoiling music

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 December 2017
Serge Pizzorno

Serge Pizzorno

Serge Pizzorno of Kasabian is not a fan of huge groups of songwriters clubbing together to produce hits, as they "lack soul"

Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno says artists who use a team of songwriters usually end up with tracks that "lack soul".

The 'Processed Beats' star prefers it when musicians pen their own lyrics because they share a part of themselves with the listener.

He told the Metro newspaper: "It's the 'writing team' thing.

"I understand it, it's like American TV shows, the reason why they're so great is because 15 people in a room write it.

"I can't deny the tunes they're writing.

"I just have time for that band that gets in a room and smashes it, or a singer/songwriter ... you get them ... you get a feeling of their soul."

The 36-year-old rocker says it's frustrating when other people get involved with writing music.

He said: "I'm sure I speak on behalf of any songwriter trying to get something together.

"You write one that's great then someone comes along, 'I wrote the top line melody', I wrote the chorus - f*** you.'"

One person, who he thinks is nailing it though, is 'New Shoes' hitmaker Paolo Nutini.

Asked who is doing a good job, he said: "Paolo Nutini. I love that guy."

Serge's comments come after Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan said Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines are the only indie rock bands of the 2000s that survived.

He said: "There's only us and the [Arctic] Monkeys left on that level.

"They're great. Kaiser Chiefs too, probably. When we came out in 2004, you had Franz Ferdinand, Razorlight, Kings Of Leon, The Holloways, The Paddingtons, The Maccabees, Libertines had just finished.

"It was just a f**king good time. We were 22 and there was so much good music. Bands were back, there were loads of rock magazines, indie and rock 'n' roll were cool. We survived it."

The singer concluded that rock 'n' roll was dead with pop music taking over.

He added: "Where is rock 'n' roll at the minute? It's gone, isn't it? I reckon it's a mixture of everything.

"What runs the world at the moment? It's R&B, pop, solo artists. Adele, she's amazing ... Ed Sheeran. There are no bands. "

And Serge agreed: "Interestingly, they are the three - and the best three, which makes sense. We've got tunes, and strong, defined characters. Love them or hate them, you're interested in where they're going and what they're going to do."

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