8. Listen to Music Besides Country
Minor: Bruno Mars, that's big here. Huge among writers. And I'm a huge fan. He's one of the greats. If I can come back, I'd wanna be Bruno Mars.
Robbins: I have a song on the radio right now called "Beachin'," the Jake Owen cut. That morning [that we wrote it] we were all listening to "Thrift Shop," that Macklemore record, and so what inspired "Beachin'" was we took the drum pattern from "Thrift Shop" and just slowed it down and wrote over it.
Taylor: Nobody says, "I listen to country and that’s it." I listen to a lot of pop radio, where you might not hear the words, but you hear the melody. That tends to spark [ideas] for me. I love the melodies behind pop, rock and R&B music.