Switched On Pop | What Happens When Justin Bieber Samples Your Music
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 26 February 2020
Justin Bieber

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

When Bristol based producer Laxcity logged onto Twitter to find out that Justin Bieber sampled his music, he was at first unphased.

The sampled material came from a royalty free sample pack on, free for Splice users to add to their track.

Then accusations of theft started rolling in.

Another artist, Ahser Monroe, had used the same sample just a few weeks earlier and he accused Bieber of copying the idea. Laxcity inserted himself into the argument to show that the so-called offending sound, was in fact his, but not limited to anyone’s use.

This mixup led to Bieber shouting out Laxcity, giving the nascent producer a career boost.

On his episode we speak with Laxcity, Splice CEO Steve Martocci, PEX COO Amadea Choplin and Verge reporter Dani Deahl (who first reported the story) to unpack how sampling works in today’s music. Then we hear how Beiber’s new album, “Changes”, interprets the sample to convey Bieber’s confessional, personal changes.

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