Interview with Diane Warren

You’ve also been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Grammy awards, how does the process for writing a song for a movie work?
It’s the same, it’s still about writing great songs.

How do you keep pushing yourself, how do you keep your passion alive?
It’s just there, it’s what I do. It’s what I live for. That’s what I love to do, I love to write songs. I’m actually in the middle of writing a song right now, the passion’s there.

I read somewhere that you were diagnosed tone-deaf?
Oh, a guitar teacher said that when I was ten. That’s not true, I’m not tone-deaf.

Well, that’s a mean teacher.
That’s a stupid teacher. It was a guitar teacher that I went to one time. I just didn’t want to learn the scales, and he told me that I was tone-deaf.

One last question, and I’ll leave you to your creativity, are you working on something else besides your project Due Voci with Kelly Levesque and Tyler Hamilton?
Oh, yeah. I just did a great new song for Cher’s new movie Burlesque.

Oh the movie looks great, right?
Yeah, looks great. I also wrote a song for Akon’s new album, and a bunch of others. I’m working with Jennifer Hudson, and Keisha Cole… and some great new artists. That’s just at the top of my head.

Well, now I’m really looking forward to Burlesque.
Oh, wait ’til you hear my song. It’s great. One of my best songs.

Well, Ms. Warren, I just want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule.
Just call me Diane. Thank you very much, bye and stay warm.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

2 Responses

  1. Daqing says:

    You should introduce Laure Shang to her. She might want to wrote a song for her too.

    • amy says:

      @Daqing, I don’t know her personally. I’m sure if Laure wanted to sing a Warren song, she’d or her management should be able to get her contact information.

      To be honest, I’ve never imagined Laure singing a Warren power ballad, I think her voice and personality are best suited to the musicians she’s collaborated with – Lara Fabian, and other francophone performers. They’re essentially strong power ballads, but Warren’s composition demands a certain… Rachel Berry’s Glee type. LOL

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