Search

My Dartmouth Park: Co-writer of Miley Cyrus hit Wrecking Ball fears ‘world’s most annoying pop songs’ legacy

13:00 13 January 2014

Sacha Skarbek.

Sacha Skarbek.

Archant

Sacha Skarbek, 41, is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and two-time Ivor Novello award winner who most recently co-wrote Miley Cyrus’s worldwide hit song Wrecking Ball. The father-of-two lives in Dartmouth Park Hill, Dartmouth Park, and is the son of Highgate writer and founder of charity SANE, Marjorie Wallace.

What brought you to Dartmouth Park?

I was brought up in Highgate and have always loved the area. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in London.

You have a day off to spend as you wish in the area, what would you get up to?

I’d go for a long run on the Heath, followed by breakfast at Kalendar in Swain’s Lane. Walk through the woods to Hampstead for lunch with the kids and then maybe a “quick” drink at one of the fantastic pubs in the area.

Is there anything about Dartmouth Park which you would like to see changed or improved?

Dog poo. It plagues the streets. Other than that, there are some derelict and wasted spots, which I would love to see developed.

As guest editor of the Ham&High for a day, what one local issue would you most like to see reported?

On a selfish note, I would like to buy an electric high-performance car, but there are no charging points near me. I would therefore like to see that issue reported on and hopefully bring about a few charging stations, preferably on my street, or even outside my house.

If you had to choose one song from another songwriter that you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

Live and Let Die because I’ve always wanted to be James Bond and whenever Paul McCartney plays it there always seems to be a big firework display and I love a good firework.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam. He’s been there, done it and changed the T-shirt.

If you had to write your own epitaph, what would it say?

Not sure it would be correct, but I’d like it to say “lived with ambition, honesty, and integrity”. But it will probably say “partly responsible for writing some of the world’s most annoying pop songs”.

Sacha Skarbek was in converstaion with Tim Lamden

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Criminal gangs working across Hampstead are ordering spare keys online using numbers etched onto the access locks.

Testing along West End Lane showed many residents were being exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels more than 50 per cent above permitted levels.

The charity gathered in front of the Iranian Embassy as husband Richard delivered a letter calling for justice and a better future for his child

Transport for London (TfL) plans to provide up to 70 new homes by building above a proposed new entrance on Buck Street.

A car wash owner has been jailed after an employee was electrocuted while showering in squalid rat-infested housing he provided for workers.

Yesterday, 16:25

Politician, refugee advocate and Holocaust survivor Lord Alf Dubs has been announced as the keynote speaker for Camden’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

Yesterday, 15:26

Two celebrity patrons of a Childs Hill charity were left “really miffed” after being told they could no longer attend a reception at 10 Downing Street – while on the road to Westminster.

Yesterday, 11:44

An unwell man was taken from the window of a first floor Hampstead flat by a fire brigade cherry picker yesterday morning.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now