Justin Bieber talks about his “fun” new musical direction.
Justin Bieber has a lot of questions these days – “Where Are U Now” and “What Do U Mean” are just a few. Bieber tells Ryan Seacrest on his On-Air KISS FM show today (Aug. 28) the creative process comes from a real place, and his mature album will reflect that.
“The album is really inspirational. Most of the songs are just uplifting and fun, and I wanted to use my platform in this point in my life to just reach as many people as I can in a positive way.”
He adds, “so in the studio, we have talks about my direction or what I’m going through that week — real-life stuff. We’re not just writing about fictional stuff. I’m not guarded with the people in the studio. We’re really open. We’ll pull back in certain moments where I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s a little bit too much,’ or ‘That’s not enough.’ It all comes from a real place.” “I just told them like, ‘Listen, this a point in my life where I’m trying — not show people my true colors — but just have them try to understand the real me.’ I can talk about it in interviews and stuff, but what better way than to do it through my music and do it through something I really love doing and that I’m passionate about doing?”
Bieber says his collaboration with Diplo and Skrillex inspired his new sound.
“So Skrillex and Diplo are featured a lot on the album as well, just cause “Where Are U Now” did so well and it was such a good direction for me. I think that was all God because we couldn’t have ordained a better start to this process of releasing the album. That was so organic. “It started with just me and a piano and we sent it to Diplo and Skrillex and they were doing an album called Jack Ü, which is them together. And when we gave it to them, we had no idea what it was going to come out sounding like. We were just like, ‘Try this,’ and we did it and it sounded amazing. They put these sounds like that weird elephant sound. “And now the album is coming together so cohesively and songs that I never that thought would end up making it [on the album] — the way it’s morphing together is awesome.”
“Skrillex is cool, he’s raw, [and] he wasn’t mainstream. I was his first mainstream hit, so I think that collaboration was so raw and organic and it brought this cool factor that was like, ‘Hey, he’s 21 now, he’s not a kid, [and] he’s working Skrillex. This is raw music — it’s not cookie-cutter pop music.’” On his new song “All In It,” and how he’s making “pure” music: “I want this album to translate to just so many people, and that’s why I want to make it inspiring. I have a song on the album called ‘All In It’: ‘Don’t do nothing unless your heart’s in it.’ And that’s why with the production that I’m using and the authenticity of my vocals — like you hear how raw ‘Where Are Ü Now’ is. “It’s just vocal and the vocal’s are so pure because it’s just done with me and a piano and the production was done around that. So when you do it like that, it’s so much more pure because you’re not relying on the production. The production obviously adds something awesome, but if we just took the piano and my vocals, that would be an awesome ballad. So I want to continue to make songs that you strip everything out … just making sure each song you can strip it down, put instrumentals, and it’s still a bonafide hit.”
Bieber will perform his new single at the VMA’s on Sunday.
“I’m so excited, but I’m so nervous … I just want it to be so awesome. I’m such a perfectionist and then I start getting in my head about people.”
But don’t think he’ll have any crazy girls around him before he takes the stage.
“I’ve had an ex-girlfriend scream at me before going onstage and stuff. Now I’m just in a place where I just have people around me that are just supporting me and what not.”
Bieber takes the focus back to the music, saying “you guys are going to be so pumped for the album cover. There’s a surprise and it’s unbelievable and I just wanted to make people excited.”
Keep an eye out for an acoustic version of “Where Are U Now” as well as the official music video that drops on Sunday after the VMA’s.
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— On Air/Ryan Seacrest (@OnAirWithRyan) August 28, 2015