Demi Lovato Talks ‘Confident’ Songs “Old Ways” & Max Martin-Produced “For You”October 12, 2015
“Old Ways” deals with Lovato’s darker days, while “For You” is about loving someone more than they love you.
Lovato opened up about several songs off her forthcoming record Confident out Oct. 16.
Following the album sampler, Lovato described two meaningful songs off the album: “Old Ways” and “For You.”
“Old Ways” addresses the unimaginable time Lovato faced dealing with problems from bipolar disorder, and getting treated for it at a rehab center in 2010.
“The first thing I think about is going back to a time when I was engaging in self-destructive behaviors,” Lovato says of “Old Ways.”
“But it’s also like, now being at an age where I’ll go out to a club and I’ll look around the room, and there’s a bunch of people drinking, partying … it looks glamorous. In that moment, I may think, ‘You know, it’s been a long time. Maybe I don’t have a problem anymore.’ Or ‘They look like they’re having so much fun.’ I easily remember how dangerous that spiral is, when you’re the type of person that lets it take over your life.”
Lovato also opened up about creating the song “For You” with the famed producer Max Martin.
“This was the very first song I recorded for this album,” Lovato reveals. “I was just so excited to get to work with Max Martin on this song and his camp. I was so nervous when I went in. I wanted to put my everything into that performance because I knew that I was given the opportunity that I waited for for so many years to be able to work with somebody like him.”
“I laid it out there in the studio,” she continues. “I’ve had a lot of heartbreak in my life. I know how to channel that into the music. I think there’s always a situation in peoples’ lives where they will love somebody more than they’re loved, and that’s what this song is about: is loving someone more than they love you back and you not understanding why you’re their punching bag, but you’ll do anything for them.”
Finally, Lovato details how “Cool For The Summer” came about, saying “I thought it was an awesome representation of where I’m headed. I think for so many years, I cared too much about what people thought. Now I can just be who I am. I can be open,” Lovato says.
“I can kind of bring attention to people’s sexuality, taking away the stigma and the shame of wanting to try things,” she say. “I think this is obviously a **** pop song, but it can inspire people to be themselves. I know it was an awesome journey for me to be able to put that out in front of the world and not feel ashamed about it.”