Shana Tova! #rebelheart #livingforlove
How did you approach working with someone the stature of Madonna when you collaborated on What It Feels Like for a Girl?
“That song was quite an unusual situation. I sent Madonna a backing track, which already had the spoken word bit in and then she wrote a vocal to it. At the start of our meeting together she sang me her guide vocal, which I thought was great. There was just one thing, in that it worked perfectly against the chorus but it was a little odd against the verse.
“Madonna said she wanted the music adjusted to better fit her melody so I moved a bar to bring it in line with the verse and she said she thought was too simple. She wanted to use the sounds that were already there so there was no question of overdubbing things so what I did was to create the arrangement by basically just chopping up and re-positioning sounds that were already in the mix in different positions around her vocal to create the verse.
“That was a wonderful challenge because I stuck with what I’d brought on the demo, obviously Spike (*co-producer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent) made sure it sounded even better but we never went into opening up a load of new synths or samplers to find new sounds. It was just ‘where do we place the sounds we have to make the verse work?’ It was a problem but in a way it was brilliant in the way she imposed a restriction on it that made us be more creative.”
We go Hard or we go Home we Gon Do this all night long! #werk
MNEK has described Madonna’s new material as “wicked”.
The British singer-songwriter has been in the studio with the US icon to work on a track for her forthcoming new album, which is due out in 2015.
“I almost get quite scared talking about it,” MNEK told Digital Spy at the MOBO Awards launch. “It’s happened, obviously. I did meet Madonna and I did work with her.
“It was great and amazing. The song sounds wicked – I’m really proud of it. Diplo’s dope, Madonna’s dope, her people are great and that side of things is working out great.”
Despite rumors of a split, Madonna stepped out with boy toy Timor Steffens Sunday night.
They were with an entourage seeing “Sleep No More” at the McKittrick Hotel before heading to the Gallow Green rooftop, where they “snuggled” over dinner.
As Madge left, she happened to run into Rihanna, who was taking a studio break.
“They smiled and laughed, then went their separate ways,” a spy said.
Goin to werk #b*tchimmadonna
…and don’t get her started about Madonna and age.
She adds: “People talk about Madonna, saying she should stop wearing all that stuff, she’s too old for that kind of thing now.
“But why? She’s been doing it all along. She’s entitled to wear that but at the same time, it was important for her to do that, back in the day.”