Songwriter/producer Warren "Oak" Felder was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., Felder discussed his studio process, experience working with artists and biggest career moments, among other topics.
"Chaos is the mother of change," said Felder. "So when you have a chaotic situation for the artist it pushes them to change and evolve and do something newer and better. That's kind of our jobs as musicians and producers and songwriters — to push music into being better than what it is today."
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Based in Los Angeles, Felder has worked as a songwriter/producer for artists such as Marsha Ambrosius, Toni Braxton, Chris Brown, Ginuwine, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, and Trey Songz, and has crafted songs for films including 2012's Sparkle, among others. Most recently, Felder worked alongside songwriting/producing partner Andrew "Pop" Wansel to co-write several tracks from Minaj's GRAMMY-nominated Best Rap Album Pink Friday, including "Save Me" and "Your Love." Felder and Wansel recently completed production for soul/pop artist Elle Varner's forthcoming debut album, Perfectly Imperfect.