Timbaland on WhoSay
Here's a brand new interview conducted by Complex Magazine with Justin Bieber (JB) and his manager Scooter Braun (SB) and talked a bit about the collaboration with Timbaland.
JB: We’ve been making such good songs in the studio.
That’s what I wanted to talk about.
SB: I don’t know. I just got here. I’m going to literally go in and then leave. They’re probably going to play it for me, and I’m going to be like, “Dope” and then leave. I’m all excited, because I just want him and Tim to bond, which I heard you guys have been doing.
JB: Yeah. He jumped on the table, because he heard “Circles.” He said he was going to jump on the board if he thought it was crazy. He jumped on the board once he heard the song I did.
What is the vibe of the Timbaland stuff, if you could compare it to anything?
SB: Frank Sinatra... No, I’m kidding [Laughs.] [To JB] You tell me. I haven’t heard it yet.
Is it rappy? Poppy? Any experimental stuff for you?
JB: The stuff he’s blessing me with has been crazy. He’s giving us really fire stuff, crazy beats. We’re making it a great collaboration. He meshes well with a lot of great people, like he meshes well with Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Nelly Furtado. I’m hoping I’m another one that he meshes well with, because it could be really genius.
SB: I haven’t even been there, but I know what I want it to be. When you say, “What is it like?” my hope is that it’s Justin Bieber. That’s the conversation that we’ve had with every producer, and I think Tim is the guy that got really excited and understood that he can’t go out and just do the sound of today completely. He’s in a place where he can push the needle of pop music, and Tim is a producer that’s been associated with those kinds of projects. I think that’s what we want, Justin to be able to push the needle and define his own sound.
Can you guys say who else is producing on the album yet?
SB: We can’t say who is working on the album, because we don’t know which tracks we’re going to use.
JB: I’m the main writer on the album. I’ve been writing most of the stuff, with other people co-writing.
SB: I just saw Jermaine Dupri in the airport yesterday, and he really wants to get in with Justin.
Are you and Jermaine still tight?
SB: Yeah. We’ll always be tight. Jermaine gave me an opportunity when I was 20 years old. But we want to hone in on two to three guys, so we’re trying different things. Oh, and Bruno Mars.
JB: When are we doing that?
SB: That’s March. They wanted to do it around your birthday. I said we’ll do it after your birthday, because you’ve got the week off. So we’re going to try different people, but I think the most excited he’s been, from what I’ve seen, and the most excited I’ve been, is this week. [To JB] Would you agree with that?
JB: Yeah. I’d say so, because the stuff we’ve been working on is way better than the stuff we were working with before.
SB: Not only that, I think Tim is the only one with the experience and maturity to produce him.
JB: His beats are crazy, and they’re not too like...
SB: I think also, he has conversations with you about music, and he asks you what you’re thinking and feeling. With everyone else, they’re just here to make tracks, and that’s not what we’re looking for. Tim is having a real conversation with him to get a feel for what he needs, and that’s why Tim is one of the best that ever did it, as a producer. And I can tell you he’s excited, because he wants to do this. It’s not a project that we asked him to do. He wanted to do it, and so did we.
He’s coming off the Blueprint III, and everyone knows how talented Timbaland is.
SB: I also think Tim heard the records. Tim called me...
JB: Yo, Tim played me some records that he and Justin did—crazy.
SB: There’s, like, a vault of them [Laughs]. I talked to Tim on the phone the other day, and I’m going to see him for the first time, because I just flew in this morning, but the thing that he said to me that I was excited about was, “He’s played me the stuff that he’s done already, and I’m just excited, because it seems like Bieber’s going for the forever record and not the kiddie shit. This album’s going to shock people.” And everyone that’s gone into the studio and heard everything that he’s done already, has come out and said, “I’m fucking so excited for this album.” And we’ll do all the cameos at the end. I will tell you this, we’re not putting out this album until all of us, as a family, can look at each other and say, “This is the best this album can possibly be.” And he and I have had these conversations. We talk about it. It’s a make-or-break.
Props for the heads up goes to The Thomas Crown Chronicles!