WIlliam Orbit on Britney, MDNA album flop, RoL, Shades Katy Perry a bit

Producer William Orbit gave an interview and talks about the producing process of Ray of light, why the MDNA wasn't as good, and working with Britney. I quoted the most relevant parts of the interview


On Ray of Light album:
"I knew people were excited, they ask me about a new RayOf Light every minute of the day.

Think of it this way: it came about very spontaneously. We were in this studio in a rather unfashionable part of LA where nobody came. I doremember M telling to a guy from the record company “This is art. This is how we are doing it.”

It was a very pure experience; it was all about making that record and nothing else. She’s an amazing person, producer and it was a true collaboration. It’s important to get this across; I don’t like it when people assume that I was the clever one doing the whole job. I’d feel mortified if I was her because she didn’t put her name on the production out of vanity, she was ****ing in there with me.

We didn’t have a plan and though she’s good at driving things along, I didn’t expect to see her nervous during the first listening party for people at Warner. She never shows it and I mean, that woman has never lost money even on a bad year but still, we were biting our nails."
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MDnA album:

"As for MDNA it’s important to say that I jumped on the project later on. She also had lots of projects going on at the same time, I honestly don’t know how any human being could cope with everything that comes with just being her. She’s such an incredible time manager.

I would have mixed it myself if I could, or only together with Madonna because she’s a great mixer. We have spirited debates about things but we both always end up in the same direction. I would have also dropped three of the six tracks produced by the other guys, they were not good enough in my opinion; too puerile.

As for the remaining three I would have suggested to put more depth and make them more special. I had the best team and other brilliant songs, this is why I am still a bit puzzled to these days but what’s done is done so I don’t ever give it a second thought."

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On what he would do with Britney

"ALIEN, THE TRACK YOU PRODUCED FOR BRITNEY, OPENS HER LATEST ALBUM AND IT SETS A WONDERFUL VIBE. DON’T YOU THINK THAT THE REST OF IT IS A BIT OF A LET DOWN?

For some reasons, nobody can really understand these things; she just has that special ‘thing’. If you listen to the remix of Alien I recently uploaded, it’s more indie pop and I did it for fun but hey, listen to that voice. It’s special.

Bono, Madonna, Britney, Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury didn’t get so big just because they put on great shows; they got to be that way because their voices are unique: you hear two words and you know who is singing.

This is fascinating to me because you get so much emotional information just from that. When I have the voice and melody in place, I’m the happiest person in the world! On the other hand, I can’t stand the marketing ********. I don’t disdain it and it works if you are someone like Katy Perry.

I wish I had the chance to do what I can do for her [Britney], she deserves to be given a chance. My specialty with artists is to make it seem like we’re not working. I try to let them understand that if I’m smiling, it means I’m happy with what we’ve just recorded; it means they touched my soul. When artists unconsciously bring this out, I’m the happiest man in the world.

I’m slow to make a record, you probably wouldn’t hire me if you had to have something done by tomorrow but when it comes to be in the studio and recording vocals, everything runs quickly and it’s fun. I know what I want technically and what I can work on later, so there is no point for the artist to do it over and over. I’m not talking about auto-tune but rather about spontaneity; that something great and special."


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