Sam Hollander, one of the most successful and influential songwriters of the past 20 years, visited NYU for an episode of WORDS & MUSIC, an interview series curated and hosted by Director of Songwriting Phil Galdston.
The writer of such hits as “Handclap,” “High Hopes,” “Check Yes Juliet,” “Someone Like You,” and “Hey Look, Ma, I Made It,” Hollander has worked with such artists as Panic! At the Disco, Weezer, Katy Perry, Carole King, blink-182, Ringo Starr, One Direction, Kelly Rowland, Train, and Fitz and the Tantrums.
During the conversation, Hollander spoke in detail about the ups and downs of his career, the lessons he’s learned, his process and goals, his brief stint as an NYU undergrad in the late ‘80s, and his recently released memoir, 21 Hit Song Wonder: Flopping My Way to the Top of the Charts. Following the event, he met privately with Songwriting majors.
Pictured in photo: Sam Hollander, Director of Songwriting Phil Galdston, and NYU Songwriting students.