Joel Stouffer is a Platinum-selling producer/songwriter signed to Sony Music Publishing Canada and a part of the JUNO award-winning group Dragonette. He recently co-wrote and co-produced the #1 US Dance single “Whitney” by Rêve and received a Gold record for his work on “Princesses Don’t Cry” by CARYS.
What’s your favorite part of the songwriting process?
When that initial spark of inspiration travels through the room and grabs everyone’s attention at the beginning of a co-write. That spark has a lot of influence over what the song will become and is often the most exciting moment of the day.
What’s your biggest session highlight so far?
That’s a tough one but writing with Cathy Dennis would definitely be up there (thank you Martina Sorbara for setting that one up). Toxic by Britney Spears, which Cathy co-wrote, was one of the first songs that really got me excited about pop music. That song was so ahead of its time in every regard. I still get excited when I hear it to this day.
How much do current market and track trends impact your creative process?
I’d be lying if I said they weren’t a consideration. That said, I try to turn all of that off once the creative process is in motion.