You got something that I like, but I might regret it
You got something that I like, but I might regret it.
“Trouble For Me” off Britney’s seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, is a timeless pop gem, but the producer responsible for it, Fraser T Smith, says the creation process was a whirlwind.
Smith opened up to BBC about how the track came to be, and offered a rare glimpse at what it’s like working with the princess of pop. In a nutshell? Be capable, and bring your A-game.
“We got a call one Wednesday to say Britney was loving a track I’d written six months earlier with an artist in America; and could I come over the next day?”
“So me and my engineer went straight home to pack our bags; caught the flight, got off the plane in LA, and straight into a limousine. We walked into the studio and the first person we saw was this diminutive blonde girl who said, ‘Hi, I’m Britney. Are we ready to record?’”
He added: “I went to get a very strong cup of coffee and we did the session. Then she said, ‘I’ll be back tomorrow morning at 11 to hear it,’ so we worked through the night to make her vocals sound as good as they could be – which was great, because she gave us loads of takes.”
“And, as you know, her sound is very much about vocal production, so we used a lot of tricks.”
Then, the bomb: “I’d heard stories before that if she wasn’t feeling a song, she’d say, ‘I need to go to the bathroom,’ then get in the car and go home. So there was quite a lot of pressure!” Smith recalled.
“When she came in at 11, we both had matchsticks propping open our eyes and I played the song, not knowing how she was going to react. As it got to the chorus I took a very sly glance over my shoulder and she was dancing, which was just an amazing sign.”
“When we got to the end and she said, ‘I absolutely love it’. So that was a great experience.”
Disappoint the Queen and she’s out! Only a legend…