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Martin Solveig on working with Madonna

French DJ Martin Solveig says that being Madonna’s latest musical boy toy has given him some welcome education and seasoning.

“It’s given me a bit more maturity and experience in the process of collaboration with an artist of that level,” Solveig, who produced six tracks on Madonna’s 2012 release “MDNA” — including “Beautiful Killer” and “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. — tells Billboard. He opened for the European leg of Madonna’s MDNA Tour and will be on 20 shows in North America.

“Before this I was very, very inexperienced in collaborating with that kind of artist. I realized I was in some ways a little naive. So on a personal level I learned how to make music, not just for myself but really how to work on a collaboration level.”

And he’s certainly not complaining about the raised profile that’s come from the Madonna association.

“It’s difficult to really say, but there’s a lot happening for me at the moment,” Solveig acknowledges. “Of course the fact I collaborated with Madonna is a big deal, but I don’t know how much of that is the main thing or the platinum record I had around the world with (2010’s) ‘Hello’ or just the sound I make. It’s probably a mix of different things, and I’m trying to stay balanced about everything.”

Solveig says the greatest surprise he had in working on “MDNA” was how hands-on Madonna was with the music.

“I had a lot of things in my head, but then I realized it was not going to happen the way I thought — meaning we were really going to be working together, which is quite unique,” he recalls. “A lot of times a singer will just say, ‘I like this instrumental’ or ‘I like this idea’ or take a top line and then go work with it. But with Madonna, we worked more old school, really sharing the experience of making music together in a room at the same time. So basically all the plans I had in the first place were gone and she took the lead — and it was an even better experience.”

Billboard

  • GoldTree

    that’s clearly because madonna is a real musician and artist and not only a little singer who uses pre-produced tracks like all the new ones out there.

    and i’m personally convinced that this is the real source of her unbelievable long career. that’s why her music has always had a quality nobody could reach.

    and to call it “old school” that a singer is really working on the music is rather strange, because it shows the work-ethics in todays mainstream-music-business and i think it also shows us part of the problem why music industry is fading more and more….

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