The Mother Monster is prepping for one massive 2013.
Lady Gaga has just landed Stateside for her Born This Way Ball, and her next album, ARTPOP, is on the horizon. She's bringing a lot of her friends along for the ARTPOP ride, including pal and former tourmate Zedd.
The twosome have been cooking up tracks for the release for some time now — and the EDM superstar shared with MTV News how he finally built up the courage to tell the pop princess "no."
"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."
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