Rev Run, Joel Madden, Benjamin (Benji) Madden, RZA, Red One, DJ Khaled talk to an audience about their work at BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" panel the Key Club in West Hollywood. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage)
Some of music's biggest names attended BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" recently and give the attendees at the Key Club in West Hollywood insights into what it takes to make music that resonates with fans.
The panel included RZA, the Grammy-winning founder of the Wu-Tang Clan; Joel and Benji Madden, co-founders of Good Charlotte; Rev Run, the Grammy-winning hip-hop icon; DJ Khaled, a multiple Grammy-nominee/producer/artist and RedOne, a Grammy-winning songwriter/producer who has worked with everyone form Lady Gaga to Jennifer Lopez.
Joel Madden (L) and BMI's Catherine Brewton attend BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" at Key Club on Feb. 11. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage)
Moderater Catherine Brewton ( BMI vice president, Writer/Publisher Relations) spent two hours with the panel asking questions about the process of writing, producing and making signature music.
Each panelist gave anecdotes about what it took to create music and get it heard, resulting in big hits.
RedOne said that he was told repeatedly he shouldn't work with Jennifer Lopez because she had too many flops. But the prolific producer/songwriter said he met with Lopez and saw that his music and her abilities as an entertainer where a good match.
(L-R): Joel Madden, RedOne and Benji Madden gearing up for the panel. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage)
The result was the collaboration of "On The Floor" featuring Pitbull. The song was a major hit heard around the world and "Jennifer Lopez is my friend for life," RedOne said, adding that working with Lopez was one of the best decisions of his career despite what others said.
Others on the panel told stories about their music and toward the end of the discussion, Joel and Benjamin Madden performed their new song, "Brother."
DJ Khaled shows up for the BMI panel. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage)
The Abbot Approves: RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan laughs during the panel discussion. (Photo: David Livingston/WireImage)