Spotify hosts UK Songshop with Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Westlife songwriter, Wayne Hector

From next Monday 11th to Thursday 14th September, Spotify will be running a Songshop with songwriter Wayne Hector at Sarm Studios in London, as part of Spotify's Secret Genius initiative. 

The four-day event will be hosted by accomplished songwriter and Spotify Secret Genius Ambassador Wayne Hector. Best known for his work with artists including Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Westlife, Wayne has curated the list of 10-20 writers, producers and artists attending the event, with a view to creating new urban pop dance music during the four-day session. Attendees include singer songwriter Birdy, singer songwriter Charli XCX,and songwriters Giorgio Tuinfort, Jamie Scott, Ina Wroldsen and Ed Drewett (see below for full list).

Secret Genius is Spotify's programme to celebrate and support songwriters and the creative community, including an ambassador programme, Songshops (global songwriting workshops), The Secret Genius Awards, podcasts and curated playlists.

''We at Spotify are thrilled that all these incredibly talented songwriters and producers are joining Wayne Hector at Sarm Studios, with the sole intention of creating some incredible music. Can't wait to hear the results!'', said Paul, Adam, Spotify's Head Songwriter Relations, Europe.

Wayne Hector added: "I'm really looking forward to being involved with the Spotify Songshop - it's sure to be a really interesting couple of days. The UK is still the most vibrant, exciting and creative melting pot of talent in the world, with artists from all sorts of genres and backgrounds coming up with fresh and forward thinking stuff. The breadth of talents coming together perfectly reflects that."

The attendees of the UK Secret Genius Songshop with Wayne Hector include:

Giorgio Tuinfort:

  • Titanium (feat Sia), David Guetta
  • Scared to be Lonely, Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa
  • Hey Mama, David Guetta feat Nicki Minaj & Bebe Rexha

Jamie Scott

  • Cold Water, Major Lazer feat Justin Bieber & MØ
  • Drag me down, One Direction
  • Skin, Rag'n'Bone Man


  • Me myself & I, G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha
  • Don't be so hard on yourself, Jess Glynne
  • Read all about it, Emeli Sande


  • Recently worked with Drake, Young Thug and Lil Wayne .

Ina Wroldsen            

  • Symphony, Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson
  • Alarm, Anne-Marie
  • Rockabye, Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

Shy Martin

  • All we know, The Chainsmokers
  • First Time, Kygo feat Ellie Goulding
  • The Ocean, Mike Perry feat  Shy Martin

Ed Drewett

  • Best Song Ever, One Direction
  • Black Magic, Little Mix
  • History, One Direction

Jonny Coffer

  • La La La , Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith
  • Freedom, Beyonce
  • Skin, Rag'n'Bone Man

Charli XCX

  • I love it, Icona Pop
  • Boom Clap, Charli XCX
  • Drum, MØ

Camille Purcell

  • Shout out to my ex, Little Mix
  • Find Me, Sigma ft Mimi
  • Power, Little Mix feat Stormzy

Freddy Alexander

  • The Chainsmokers including Hit Single Paris

Adam Midgley

  • Hotter the Hell, Dua Lipa
  • 24 Hours, Olly Murs
  • Glory Days, Little Mix


  • Skinny Love, Birdy
  • Wings, Birdy
  • People help the people, Birdy

Neil Ormandy

  • Say you won't let go, James Arthur
  • Opus, Eric Prydz,
  • Shift K3Y

Cass Lowe

  • All my friends, Snakehips feat Tinashe & Chance the Rapper
  • Sun comes up, Rudimental feat James Arthur
  • Boys, Charli XCX


  • Jess Glynne, Hold my Hand
  • Clean Bandit, Real Love
  • Starry Eyes, Ellie Goulding

September 11, 2017 7:31am ET by Spotify  


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