Savan Kotecha, a Grammy-nominated songwriter who was raised in Austin and has co-writing credits on major hit songs for many top-selling artists, will be among the featured speakers at next year’s South by Southwest music conference, SXSW announced today.
The announcement was included in a long list of names added to the event, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates as a convergence keynote. (Some of Coates’ first writings appeared in the Village Voice via then-music editor Chuck Eddy, who wrote about his years at the Voice on Austin360 earlier this week.)
Kotecha grew up in Austin and attended Westwood High School. Now based in Southern California, he was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for his contribution to Elle Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” and has also co-written major hits for top-selling acts such as the Weeknd, Katy Perry, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Usher and Maroon 5. He’s received nine BMI awards and 15 ASCAP awards.