Zedd talks about progress on ARTPOP with MTV
In a recent interview with MTV News, Zedd, a confirmed producer on Lady Gaga’s 4th album revealed that his own material on ARTPOP ‘has a lot of work left’, and later claifies that the album is not far from being finished. Read the interview and his Facebook post below:
“After the first time we worked in the studio, I just went back and kind of thought about it and I decided that I would just be honest,” Zedd told MTV News about the ARTPOP recording sessions. “It took a day or two to kind of get used to that, but now it’s totally fine. I can say, ‘That was not good. You can do better.’ And when it’s good I’ll say ‘It’s great.’ ”
Zedd’s producing profile has been on the rise for some now, banking studio time with the likes of Gaga and Ellie Goulding. “I try to treat everyone the exact same way, because I think that will lead to the best results,” he said of working with different artists. “But it was definitely hard to get used to sitting with someone who’s probably the biggest singer on the planet and say, ‘You know, I think you could do better.’ I would always say that, and that’s nothing mean. But then you say that to someone that sold millions of records and you sold a couple thousand and, you know, I had to get used to it.”
While Gaga has been teasing fans about ARTPOP for some time now, it’s nowhere near completed, Zedd said. They still have some work to do on their tracks before they can release them.
“The problem with her is obviously that I’m busy and I tour a lot, but she’s probably a lot busier than I am, so it’s hard to find time to work on something together,” he said. “So we’ve been working on it for over a year now. There’s still a lot of work left, so we’re definitely gonna work on this project for the next month.”
So what have they been working on this whole time? “I did about 10 ideas, and they were all between almost finished songs up to the piano,” he explained. “And then when we were on tour together in Asia for almost two months, we had a lot of time to go back and forth and pick the ones we really like and work on them. … But they’re still all really rough — it could be five, it could be 10, it could be anything we want.”
On Thursday the producer took to his Facebook page to clarify the interview to Lady Gaga’s fans and make it more clear to them:
This goes out to all Gaga fans:
There’s been an interview where some things I said were placed out of context and misunderstood so I wanna make sure you guys know what I was ACTUALLY saying before media bent it to what they wish I said.
I never said ARTPOP is “rough” of “far away from being finished”!
I was speaking about my own material with her and how we have to finish that up. I’m a perfectionist and to me everything that’s not perfect yet is “rough”, and that’s also why it’s going to be so good!
When I said “it could be 10, it could be 5, it could be 1 song” I obviously didn’t talk about the amount of songs on ARTPOP in general, I was talking about the amount of MY tracks/ productions on ARTPOP. We worked on a lot of songs and I don’t know which of our collaborations are making the album; she is in creative control of that decision.
I hope you all have more clarity now!