On Thursday night, much to the delight of her fans and lycanthropes everywhere, Shakira premiered the video for her totally batty, completely amazing new song “She Wolf.”
And while most of the chatter has (somewhat understandably) centered on her howling, hanging and hip-popping, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that the song itself is actually pretty mind-blowing too: a whirling, pulsating take on the slinky Italian disco tracks of the ’70s and ’80s, the kind of thing you just don’t hear in pop tunes anymore. But given the instant success of “She Wolf,” it’s a style we expect to be emulated by producers everywhere any day now.
You’d probably never guess it, but the song is the brainchild of none other than Sam Endicott, frontman of New York electro act the Bravery , who, along with producer John Hill, created the track mostly on a whim.
“I’m friends with John Hill. He and I co-produced the new Bravery album, and in the process of that, we would just make beats and stuff on the side. Just mainly for fun,” Endicott explained to MTV News. “We’ve done a lot of it, and somehow, [artist id="504144"]Shakira[/artist] contacted him, asking if he had any stuff. … We never had her in mind. We just made the thing independently of her, and then she liked it a lot, and she sang over it. She used some of the melodies we put in there and then wrote these crazy lyrics about being a werewolf. And that’s how it happened.”
If Endicott seems rather dumbfounded by the entire process, well, he is. And it gets even weirder. Not only did Shakira snag “She Wolf” from the duo, she also took two more tracks from them, which might end up on her much-anticipated new album , due in October. Though the whole thing happened pretty quickly, Endicott witnessed enough to be plenty impressed with Shakira’s commitment to the project — and to making really bizarre pop tunes.
“When I first heard her singing on the song, I really liked it, because it’s f—ing weird for a pop song. She definitely has a strange lyric sense. This isn’t the first song she’s done with some bizarre lyrics in it,” he laughed. “I like the idea of a werewolf. And when I heard her idea for the song, I was like, ‘You gotta have her howl at the moon at some point,’ and she did it. She’s a subtle wolf.”
But even though he’s suddenly found success penning songs for other artists, Endicott doesn’t see himself changing careers anytime soon — not with a new [artist id="1898508"]Bravery[/artist] album in the final stages (it’s due later this year), at least.
“I don’t look at it like [some new career]. It’s more that I really like music, regardless of the genre. I just really like making it, I like being involved with it, I like being around creative people,” he said. “If there was a country band right now that wanted to have me come in and play bass, I’d say, ‘F— yeah.’ Or if there was a metal band that … you know, someone was talking to me about working with Priestess at one point. I would love it.”
And though Endicott admits to being probably the only person on the planet who has yet to watch the “She Wolf” video, he’s heard it’s “really great.” Though, if he’s being honest, he’s a little disappointed that director Jake Nava didn’t come to him for creative input on the clip, because he had a totally killer treatment in mind.
“I was hoping they would do the video like ‘Teen Wolf,’ ” he laughed. “Like I was hoping she could be playing basketball and turn into a werewolf and dunk on some people. … That would be great.”