i'd love an office job like that--alas, i'm wholly bereft of talent.
unsurprisingly, being in such proximity to to other incredible songwriters created a highly competitive frenzy. per carol king:
"Every day we squeezed into our respective cubby holes with just enough room for a piano, a bench, and maybe a chair for the lyricist if you were lucky. You'd sit there and write and you could hear someone in the next cubby hole composing a song exactly like yours. The pressure in the Brill Building was really terrificbecause Donny (Kirshner) would play one songwriter against another. He'd say: "We need a new smash hit"and we'd all go back and write a song and the next day we'd each audition for Bobby Vee's producer."
a bunch of "modern" masters--lou reed, paul simon, becker/fagen--also started out in that scene.