Taylor Swift has a new love in her life, and that special someone — or, actually, something — is the buzzing noise of dubstep.
With just days left before she drops her latest album, Red, the crossover star told Spin magazine that she didn’t exactly realize she was putting her foot in the EDM pool when she sat down to record some of the project’s more dance-influenced tracks.
“I’ve written some with Ed Sheeran, and he’s become a good friend of mine, and he always plays me really interesting stuff from the U.K. whenever he comes over and hangs out,” she told the mag. “But I never really thought, ‘Hey, I want to download some dubstep music!’ ”
“What ended up happening was, I wrote this melody for this chorus on the piano [for ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ ], and I brought it to [producers] Max Martin and Shellback, and I said, ‘At the end of the chorus, I just want this to go crazy. I want it to be really chaotic.’ ”
When the pop producers put a name — dubstep — to her description, she didn’t know exactly what they were talking about, but she knew she wanted in. “I don’t really know what to call it, but I just kind of sing it how I want it to sound. And they’re like, ‘Oh, sort of like a dubstep thing.’ And I’m like, ‘I guess, I don’t know? Whatever that is, whatever that ridiculous sound that I made with my mouth when I was trying to figure out what to say,’ ” she recalled. “You end up doing a lot of that when you’re recording and writing, being like, ‘It kinda sounds like this!’ I wanted the song to sound as chaotic as the emotion felt. I wanted it to be loud and out of control.”
Right now, fans are not only counting down the days until she releases Red on Monday, but also the possibility that she might play music legend Joni Mitchell on the big screen . That, however, has yet to be confirmed.
“The whole thing with the movie is really unconfirmed, because I’m not even sure if the project is green-lit. It’s one of those things where you just never know,” she said. “But if it were to happen, I would be so, so stoked about playing ‘A Case of You.’ ”