Robbie Williams Compares His Songwriting Approach To Elton John And Morrissey
During a recent interview with NME, Robbie Williams discussed whether his songwriting style bears a resemblance to Elton John‘s and Morrissey‘s.
Even though the British singer had initially launched his career in the early 1990s with his former band, Take That, the commercial success followed him well in his career as a solo artist. Williams has become one of the most well-known figures in the pop scene and continues to be active in the industry. The singer has just released his thirteenth studio album, ‘XXV,’ on September 9.
As every artist has their own approach to composing and performing, some may prefer to create the structure of the melody first and then write or vice versa. However, other artists may need help to develop their lyrics and tunes. In a new interview, Robbie Williams disclosed his creative process and compared his songwriting approach to Elton John and Morrissey.
The British singer stated that even though he didn’t think he wrote as well as or better than Elton John or Morrissey, he did believe that the legends shared similar characteristics to him as songwriters. Williams didn’t compare his lyrics’ content but elaborated on the writing process. He discussed that Morrissey would initially compose a melody and then harmonize the lyrics with his tune.
Elton John, on the other hand, followed a similar route with one difference. The rocker wrote out his lyrics first and then shaped the music. For Williams, when he compared the basis of Elton’s and Morrissey’s respective creative processes, it was pretty similar to his. However, he complained that he had not been given enough credit as a songwriter despite creating many hit tracks over the years.
Robbie Williams speaking on his approach to songwriting:
”If you break down the maths of what I’m doing musically on a song, I do the same thing that Morrissey does. I’m not saying in any way, shape, or form that I’m as good as or better than Morrissey; I’m just saying: I do the same thing. He sings to melody and puts a lyric to it. Same with Elton; he does it the other way around. It’s only annoying when there’s disrespect brought to it. I’m not bothered, but if it’s leveled against me that I don’t write or it’s ‘his songwriters,’ then I’m like, ‘F*ck you.'”
Williams will be touring across the United Kingdom to support his new album, ‘XXV.’ While the singer will kick it off on October 9 in London, it will end on November 1 in Dublin.