‘The Other Two’: Brett ‘Leland’ McLaughlin Created Funny Songs That Were Also Believable Hits

When Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider created “The Other Two,” a show premised on fictional YouTube pop sensation Chase Dreams’ rise to fame, they needed someone who could help deliver a believable pop song that also fit that narrative demands of their comedy. The duo turned to composer Brett McLaughlin, known professionally as Leland, who in addition to writing funny songs for “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” has written pop songs for Troye Sivan, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and more.

“Chris and Sarah came to me and just had great references and great examples of what they wanted,” said McLaughlin, who appeared at IndieWire’s Consider This Fyc Brunch. “They explained to me not only do we want these songs to be funny and catchy, but Chase needs to evolve and grow as an artist throughout the show. So challenge was the songs had to get better.”

The collaboration started early and was extremely hands-on,
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