Britney Working With Nate Hills

September 30 2006, 5:09 am

Timbalands's Secret Weapon: Meet Nate Hills, the one-man band who helps shape the producer's biggest hits...

Hills' role is often to refine Timbaland's raw ideas, but they also write songs together. For example, Hills came up with the beat for "Promiscuous" and Timbaland created the hook. Lately, Hills has begun working on his own as a producer and songwriter with acts including Britney Spears, Diddy and Katharine McPhee. His most distinctive style is the spacey synth-rock sound he employed on Nelly Furtado track "Maneater" - which he also applied to a new song with Duran Duran and an upcoming solo track from the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger. "I'm just a musical guy", says Hills, who unlike many hip-hop producers has the chops to jam with live bands. "So I definitely want to venture into rock and stuff like that - where I can be free."

Source: Rolling Stone