Have you ever wondered how much time goes into producing Top 40 hits like Ke$ha’s ‘Tik Tok’ and Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’? Dave Wallace and Dan Bennett, aka Transit, set out to prove that a Top 40 style song can be created in eight hours with their 8 Hour Challenge to create a hit. In the end it didn’t even take them the full eight hours. They wrote and recorded a pretty catchy song in a little over three hours, plus a long-ass burger break.
Dave and Dan started out with nothing but some Friends references and a few corny rhymes. Before they got started they thought a little bit about what all Top 40 hits have in common – a good beat, intense driving synth, a lot of chorus, minimal rhymes that anyone can sing along with and, of course, lyrics about the clubs, the lovely ladies, money and disses. They put all these elements together and – BAM! – three hours later they had a hit pop song written, and only a little bit of mixing left after a two and a half hour burger break.
Do you think the guys succeeded in this 8-hour challenge? Dan says, “I think if we didn’t find the whole thing so funny we could have succeeded, but we just had so much fun with it.” He’s not sure if people would dance I the club to Jamie Lee Curtis (READ the lyric: “You gotta be the Jamie Lee Curtis of the dance floor.”) But I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that I think these guys definitely accomplished their mission. With a little bit of lyrical tweaking and a big name pop star on the lead vocals, I think this could definitely become a hit. Up! Up! Up-Up-Up!! What do you think of the song? Was the challenge a success?