Episode 026: Sam Hollander
On Episode 026, I sit down with Sam Hollander, an Emmy-nominated producer/songwriter who was one of the true architects of the late ’00s emo/pop-punk scene. Boys Like Girls’ “The Great Escape”? Yeah, that’s Sam. Cobra Starship’s “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)”? Also Sam. Along with his longtime writing partner, Dave Katz (the two dubbed themselves S*A*M and Sluggo), Hollander wrote songs with acts Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is…, Metro Station, All Time Low, Mayday Parade and many more. These days, he dabbles in different things; more recently, he’s penned songs for One Direction (“Rock Me”), Katy Perry (“If You Can Afford Me”), Daughtry (“Waiting For Superman”) and Train (“This’ll Be My Year”).
I caught up with Sam to chronicle his role in the scene’s rise, writing with the Baha Men and why his song for One Direction was one of the best – and worst – things to happen to him as a songwriter.