40 Under 40: Dr. Luke


Songwriter/Producer, Kemosabe Records/Prescription Songs


The force continues to be with Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. His triumphs during the past year include Ke$ha’s sophomore album, Warrior, and her Deconstructed EP, along with producing and songwriting contributions for Will.i.am, Leona Lewis, One Direction, Marina & the Diamonds, Cody Simpson and others. But Gottwald, 39, is even more proud of the strides he’s taking with his Kemosabe label and Prescription Songs publishing company, the latter of which has grown through joint ventures with Diplo and Big Machine, among others. “We’ve got a lot more writers and staff and probably hired five new people this year,” Gottwald says. Kemosabe, meanwhile, has hooked up with Sony Music’s Ten Records, bringing Miley Cyrus, Becky G, Jessie J and Icona Pop under Gottwald’s watchful eyes and ears. “I love finding new writers, new producers, new artists,” says Gottwald, who produced Britney Spears’ “Ooh La La” for the “Smurfs 2” companion album and is developing girl group GRL with Max Martin and Larry Rudolph. “I just want to do and achieve and make great things.”