JC Chasez has already learned a precious lesson in his short solo career. Give and you shall receive.
After lending his voice to the Basement Jaxx's just-released Kish Kash (see "Where's Your Head At? JC Chasez's Is In Electronic Music"), the 'NSYNC singer found the British dance duo happy to repay the favor.
The resulting collaboration, "Shake It," was the final addition to Chasez's Schizophrenic, due January 27.
"It definitely has their elements to it, but it's like a balance between them and me," the singer said recently. "Sometimes their songs don't have a structure, and I found a structure that made sense with their sound and my melody."
"Shake It," however, isn't the only example of giving and receiving on Schizophrenic, as JC sang on BT's summer release, Emotional Technology, and the electronic music mastermind settled up by producing several tracks for Chasez.
The track list has not yet been announced, but at least one of BT's tracks, "Just Like That," made the album.
"It's got some gospel choir friends who did a hand jive sort of thing," BT said of the tune.
"We miked up our legs, our chests — anything you can make a noise with and just had fun with it," Chasez added.
"I came from working on the score for 'Monster,' this super-emotional project, to going in with JC, who was like, 'We're going do a song about lap dances,' " BT recalled. "It was a nice escape. We had a lot of fun."
JC and BT talked about doing a house music song, but stuck with more hip-hop and R&B-based music. "More of a party vibe," BT said.
"It's super-diverse — there's just so many different sounds," Chasez said. "It's about half programmed, half live instruments, but even the programmed tracks have live elements to them."
Other producers who worked on the album include R&B hitmaker Rodney Jerkins, newcomer Rob Boldt and veteran Rockwilder (50 Cent, Christina Aguilera).
One of the latter's contributions, "Come to Me," samples the 1983 Corey Hart single "Sunglasses at Night."
"I really like that one. It makes me want to go driving," Chasez said. "It's my chance to do my own little trance vibe. There's no actual chorus in that record. It's just a verse after a verse, but the melody patterns are the same."
Chasez also worked with Dallas Austin, the producer who convinced him to do a solo album in the first place (see "JC Chasez Previews Schizophrenic Solo Debut"), but the material was never finished because Austin got too busy working on the now defunct "The Orlando Jones Show."
"We got like five half-done songs waiting to be finished. The problem is my timetable caught up to me," said Chasez, whose release date had already been pushed back several months. "The thing is we can always finish those up and put 'em out later."
As much as Schizophrenic is a party record, it will still include three ballads.
"I tried to keep it sparse," Chasez said. "I didn't want to ballad people to death because I know I can do that. It's easy to start playing piano and get in the zone, but I'm beyond that. I have a lot of energy in me and I want to scream a bit before I get too into that."
Lyrically, the songs differ as much as they do musically. The first single, "Some Girls (Dance With Women)" (see "JC Chasez Theorizes About Girl-On-Girl Action, Nabs Ol' Dirty For Video"), and the probable second, "A.D.I.D.A.S.," are pretty self-explanatory, but Chasez does dig deeper.
On one of his favorites, "Everything You Want," he sings about "everybody's greedy little wish list." "It talks about how there's a million things you want, but you can't have everything," Chasez said.
Another lesson learned.